Record foreclosures for prime borrowers

Unemployment weighs heavily on survey data

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The foreclosure starts rate for borrowers with prime, fixed-rate mortgages set a new record high during the third quarter, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in releasing the results of its quarterly National Delinquency Survey.

As the pool of subprime and prime adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loans continues to shrink, unemployment is the greatest threat to homeownership for the 78 percent of borrowers whose homes were purchased with prime, fixed-rate mortgages or FHA-guaranteed loans.