National foreclosure inventory declined by 24.5% and completed foreclosures dropped 6.9% compared in May from the same month a year earlier as the number of completed foreclosures fell from 41,000 in May 2015 to 38,000 in May 2016, a decrease of 67.9% from the peak of 117,813 in September 2010, CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), Irvine, Calif., reported Tuesday.

According to the company's May 2016 National Foreclosure Report, there have been approximately 6.3 million completed foreclosures nationally since September, 2008, and since home-ownership rates peaked in the second quarter of 2004, there have been approximately 8.3 million homes lost to foreclosure.

As of May 2016, the national foreclosure inventory included approximately 390,000, or 1.0%, of all homes with a mortgage compared with 517,000 homes, or 1.3%, in May 2015. The May 2016 foreclosure inventory rate is the lowest for any month since October 2007.

CoreLogic also reported the number of mortgages in serious delinquency (defined as 90 days or more past due including loans in foreclosure or REO) declined by 21.6% from May 2015 to May 2016, with 1.1 million mortgages, or 2.8%, in this category. The May 2016 serious delinquency rate is the lowest in more than eight years, since October 2007.

“The foreclosure rate fell to 1% in May, which is twice the long-term average of 0.5%. However, this masks the underlying progress at the state level,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “Twenty-nine states had foreclosure rates below the national average, and all but North Dakota experienced declines in their foreclosure rate compared to the prior year.”

“Delinquency and foreclosure rates continue to drop as we experience the benefits of a combination of tight underwriting, job and income growth and a steady rise in home prices. We expect these factors to remain in place for the remainder of this year and for delinquency and foreclosure rates to decline even further,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “As we finally move past the housing crisis, we need to increase our focus on expanding the supply of affordable housing and access to credit for first-time homebuyers in sustainable ways to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. housing market.”

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Additional May 2016 highlights:

  • On a month-over-month basis, completed foreclosures increased by 5.5% to 38,000 in May 2016 from the 36,000 reported for April 2016. As a basis of comparison, before the decline in the housing market in 2007, completed foreclosures averaged 21,000 per month nationwide between 2000 and 2006.
  • On a month-over-month basis, the foreclosure inventory was down 3.0% compared with April 2016.
  • The five states with the highest number of completed foreclosures were Florida (63,000), Michigan (45,000), Texas (27,000), Ohio (23,000) and California (23,000). These five states account for almost half of all completed foreclosures nationally.
  • Four states and the District of Columbia had the lowest number of completed foreclosures: the District of Columbia (139), North Dakota (323), West Virginia (494), Alaska (648) and Montana (690).
  • Four states and the District of Columbia had the highest foreclosure inventory rate: New Jersey (3.6%), New York (3.2%), Hawaii (2.1%), the District of Columbia (2.0%) and Maine (1.9%).
  • The five states with the lowest foreclosure inventory rate were Alaska (0.3%), Arizona (0.3%), Colorado (0.3%), Minnesota (0.3%) and Utah (0.3%).