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News Release 2023-137
December 12, 2023
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WASHINGTON—The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) reported on the performance of first-lien mortgages in the federal banking system during the third quarter of 2023.
The OCC Mortgage Metrics Report, Third Quarter 2023 showed that 97.3 percent of mortgages included in the report were current and performing at the end of the quarter, the same as the previous quarter. Performance improved compared to third quarter 2022 when 97.2 percent of mortgages were current and performing.
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 1.1 percent in the third quarter of 2023, the same as the previous quarter, and a decrease from 1.3 percent a year ago. The percent of seriously delinquent loans has trended down since the third quarter of 2021.
Servicers initiated 8,965 new foreclosures in the third quarter of 2023, an increase from the prior quarter but a decrease from a year earlier. The new foreclosure volume in the third quarter of 2023 is lower than pre-COVID-19 pandemic foreclosure volumes.
Servicers completed 7,436 modifications during the third quarter of 2023, a 13.8 percent decrease from the previous quarter’s 8,623 modifications. Of these 7,436 modifications, 6,367 or 85.6 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 11.8 million loans totaling $2.7 trillion in principal balances.
This report provides information on mortgage performance through September 30, 2023, and is available on the OCC’s website, www.occ.gov.
Anne Edgecomb (202) 649-6870