Foreclosure, Mortgage Delinquency Rates Fall in Eastern Iowa

By George Ford, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -Foreclosure and mortgage delinquency rates continued to fall in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City in January compared with the same month of 2012, according to newly released data.

The rate of Cedar Rapids area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 1.39 percent for January, a decline of 0.61 compared with January 2013 when the rate was 2 percent.

Foreclosure activity in Cedar Rapids also was lower than the national foreclosure rate, which was 1.97 percent in January 2014, compared with 2.90 percent in the same period last year.

The foreclosure rate measures the percentage of loans in some stage of the foreclosure process. A foreclosure is defined by the legal process by which an owner's right to a property is terminated, usually due to default.

Data compiled by CoreLogic of Irvine, Calif., showed 3.07 percent of Cedar Rapids mortgage loans were 90 days or more delinquent in January, compared with 3.53 percent for the same period last year.

The rate of Iowa City area foreclosures was 0.74 percent for January 2014, a decrease of 0.29 percent compared with January 2013 when the rate was 1.03 percent.

CoreLogic data showed 1.6 percent of mortgage loans in Iowa City were 90 days or more delinquent in January, compared with 1.9 percent for the same period last year.

The foreclosure rate statewide was 1.36 percent in January, down from 2 percent in the same month last year. CoreLogic reported 3.19 percent of mortgage loans in Iowa were 90 days or more past due in January, down from 3.8 percent in January 2013.
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