First Look At may 2023 Mortgage Data

Past-Due Mortgages Approach Recent Record Lows as Serious Delinquencies Continue Improvement; Prepayments See Seasonal Rise

  • Reversing much of April’s calendar-driven spike, the national delinquency rate fell 11 basis points (bps) in May to hit 3.10% – the lowest it’s been other than March 2023’s record of 2.92%
  • The number of borrowers a single payment past due improved by 94K (-9.5%), erasing nearly half of the prior month’s increase
  • Serious delinquencies (loans 90 or more days past due) continued to improve nationally – falling by 18K   (-3.7%) from April, putting this loan population down more than 200K (nearly 30%) since May 2022
  • Though foreclosure starts increased to 25.4K for the month (+2.2%), they remain near April’s 6-month low and 41% below the same period in 2019, the last comparable May before the pandemic
  • Foreclosure actions were started on 5.1% of serious delinquencies in May, up only marginally from April and still more than a full percentage point below the March 2020 rate at the start of the pandemic
  • The number of loans in active foreclosure improved by 4K during the month and is now down 41K (-15%) from March 2020, with foreclosure sales (completions) rising 5.5% from April to 6.8K
  • Prepayment activity rose to a 0.54% single-month mortality (SMM) rate – the highest level seen since September 2022, despite interest rates in the 6.7% range – but is still down 40% from May 2022

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – June 23, 2023 – Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI) reports the following “first look” at May 2023 month-end mortgage performance statistics derived from its loan-level database representing the majority of the national mortgage market.

*Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state.


  • Totals are extrapolated based on Black Knight’s loan-level database of mortgage assets.
  • All whole numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand, except foreclosure starts and sales, which are rounded to the nearest hundred.

The company will provide a more in-depth review of this data in its monthly Mortgage Monitor report, which includes an analysis of data supplemented by detailed charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations. The Mortgage Monitor report will be available online at by July 10, 2023.

For more information about gaining access to Black Knight’s loan-level database, please send an email to

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