The number of homeowners in foreclosure or behind on their mortgages continued to decline in March, but inventories of real estate owned (REO) homes repossessed by lenders climbed to a new high of 1.1 million, according to the latest report from Lender Processing Services. The total number of non-current loans, which includes 30-, 60- and 90-day delinquencies and loans in the foreclosure process, fell 8.6 percent from February to March, to 6.3 million, LPS said. It was the second consecutive monthly decline in total non-current loans, which fell to their lowest level since July. The decrease was attributed in part to a 19 percent decline in the number of loans becoming delinquent for the first time, and to increases in loan "cures" to all-time highs as trial ...
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