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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –  June 29, 2011 – The May Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS) shows that the number of mortgages that are 90 or more days delinquent, combined with the foreclosure inventory at the end of May, totaled 4,084,557. With foreclosure sales at 78,676 at month end, the volume of serious delinquencies and foreclosures over-shadowed the number of foreclosure sales by 50:1. In fact, there are still significantly fewer foreclosure sales than there were before foreclosure moratoria were put into place, and foreclosure sales are declining.

The May data shows that the biggest drop in foreclosure sales has been seen in East Coast states, with a decline of 96% in DC, 80% in Maryland, 79% in New York, and 75% in New Jersey. Additionally, inventories of foreclosures in judicial states have increased twice as much as inventories in non-judicial states over the last year. The average time spent in foreclosure continues to extend, with more than 33% of borrowers in foreclosure not having made a payment in over two years.

New problem loans, defined as loans that were current six months ago and were 60 or more days delinquent at the end of May, are now less than half the peak levels seen in 2009, and are currently at 1.27%. Overall, when compared to historical norms, delinquencies are almost double and foreclosures are eight times higher.

Negative equity also remains a concern, with nearly 30% of current loans in a negative equity position. The equity impact on new seriously delinquent loans is significant, with loans significantly under-water defaulting up to 10 times as much as loans with equity.

As reported in LPS' latest First Look release, other key results from LPS' latest Mortgage Monitor report include:
  • Total U.S. loan delinquency rate: 7.96%
  • Month-over-month change in delinquency rate: -0.1%
  • Year-over-year change in delinquency rate: -18.3%
  • Total U.S foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: 4.11%
  • Month-over-month change in foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: -0.7%

About the Mortgage Monitor

LPS manages the nation's leading repository of loan-level residential mortgage data and performance information on nearly 40 million first liens across the spectrum of credit products. The company's research experts carefully analyze this data to produce a summary supplemented by dozens of charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations for LPS' monthly Mortgage Monitor Report. To review the full report, visit http://www.lpsvcs.com/NEWSROOM/INDUSTRYDATA/Pages/default.aspx.
 

About Lender Processing Services

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology, services and mortgage performance data and analytics, to the mortgage and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation (Desktop®), portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company’s award-winning customer support and professional services. Approximately 50 percent of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using LPS’ Mortgage Servicing Package (MSP). LPS also offers proprietary mortgage and real estate data and analytics for the mortgage and capital markets industries. For more information about LPS, visit www.lpsvcs.com.
 
Investor Contact: Parag Bhansali, 904.854.8640, parag.bhansali@lpsvcs.com
Media Contact: Michelle Kersch, 904.854.5043, michelle.kersch@lpsvcs.com
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