The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) reported that the performance of first-lien mortgages in the federal banking system improved during the third quarter of 2022.
The OCC Mortgage Metrics Report, Third Quarter 2022 showed that 97.2 percent of mortgages included in the report were current and performing at the end of the quarter, compared to 95.6 percent a year earlier.
The percentage of seriously delinquent mortgages – mortgages that are 60 or more days past due and all mortgages held by bankrupt borrowers whose payments are 30 or more days past due – was 1.3 percent in the third quarter of 2022, compared to 1.5 percent in the prior quarter and 3.1 percent a year ago.
Servicers initiated 9,835 new foreclosures in the third quarter of 2022, a decrease from the prior quarter, but a higher volume than a year earlier. The new foreclosure volume in the third quarter of 2022 is lower than pre-COVID-19 pandemic foreclosure volumes.
Servicers completed 16,160 modifications during the third quarter of 2022, a 42.5 percent decrease from the previous quarter. Of the 16,160 modifications completed during the quarter, 11,696, or 72.4 percent, reduced the loan’s pre-modification monthly payment, and 15,037 or 93.1 percent, were “combination modifications”—modifications that included multiple actions affecting the affordability and sustainability of the loan, such as an interest rate reduction and a term extension.
The first-lien mortgages included in the OCC’s quarterly report comprise 22 percent of all residential mortgage debt outstanding in the United States or approximately 12 million loans totaling $2.7 trillion in principal balances.
This report provides information on mortgage performance through September 30, 2022, and is available on the OCC’s website, www.occ.gov.