Mortgage prepayment rates have continued to rise as interest rates move lower. Black Knight says prepayments increased by 24.31 percent in May compared to April and 32.17 percent on an annual basis. The company, in its "first look" at loan performance data for May, says the Single Monthly Mortality (SMM) rate, 1.23 percent, has more than doubled over the past four months and is at its highest level in more than two years.

The national delinquency rate fell for the third consecutive month in May.  There were 1.76 million loans that were at least 30 days past due but not in foreclosure, 3.36 percent of all mortgaged properties.  This was the lowest level in Black Knight's records that date back to January 2000.  Delinquencies fell by 3.03 percent or 52,000 loans compared to April and were down 107,000 or 7.50 percent year over year.

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