Mortgage Defaults Rising In Higher Priced Neighborhoods

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It’s happening a lot more now that other loans besides the subprimes are coming due.

From North County Times:

Ward Hanigan, a San Diego investor who purchases foreclosures, agreed that the longer foreclosure procedures produce artificially low inventory numbers, with no recovery in sight for the region’s housing market.

“It’s like an oil pipeline; it used to be five miles long and it’s been stretched three more miles,” Hanigan said. “So now it’s dribbling out until it gets full. And that’s what happening, it’s getting full. And then it’s going to gush.”

Default notices shot to new highs in areas of Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Penasquitos. On the other hand, notices in foreclosure-prone neighborhoods such as Oceanside and Escondido were below peaks reached earlier.

In fact, one region of Rancho Bernardo saw more default notices in March per 1,000 homes than Oceanside’s 92057 ZIP code —- the most foreclosure-prone neighborhood in North County over the last two years.

But in Southwest Riverside County, there was no indication of a plateau for the most foreclosure-prone areas.

A ZIP code in Temecula shattered the regional high for most default notices in a month with 252 in March, cementing Southwest Riverside’s status as the leader in foreclosures locally. By contrast, the most default notices ever seen in a North County ZIP code was 127 in north Oceanside’s 92057 in July 2008.

No doubt this is happening a lot more in places where speculation ran wild, but in locales like my stomping grounds of Kansas City…prices have remained fairly steady. Maybe it’ll hit us eventually, but maybe we just didn’t have as many people acting irresponsibly and buying more house than they could afford.