deliinquent duplex mortgagesAmidst the noise of the holidays, Lender Processing Services (LPS) somewhat quietly issued a news release detailing performance statistics about the 40 million mortgage loans their company helps service.

Perhaps they did so deliberately, as much of the data their report contained wasn’t necessarily cause for celebration.

A full 8.15 percent of their 40 million loans, which represents 3,260,000 mortgages were 30 days or more past due, but not yet in foreclosure.

This figure, while down 9.6 percent from the year before, nonetheless represented an increase of 2.7 percent over November.

According to LPS, they have mortgages on 4,144,000 properties that are 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure. Of these, 1,809,000 are actually 90 or more days delinquent, but not yet in foreclosure.

Their inventory of properties in foreclosure but still in the pre-sale process, stands at 2,116,000.

In all, they report they have 6,260,000 properties with mortgages that are 30 days or more delinquent or in foreclosure.

The states with the highest number of contributers to this mess are Florida, Nevada, Mississippi, New Jersey and Illinois. Those with the least are Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Minnesota foreclosure numbers actually appear to be improving according the report. In fact, the number of non-current mortgages they service in Minnesota dropped 12.9 percent year-over-year, with 7.9 percent in all not being current.

Looks like we have a ways to go before this is all over.