California's foreclosure crisis may be over, mortgage bankers say

For once California's economy looks good compared to that of some other states.

A foreclosure crisis that has dimmed the state's golden glow with images of financial ruin and broken government is beginning to wane, says a leading trade group for the U.S. mortgage industry.

The Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday that California foreclosure starts have fallen from a year ago — even as problems grow in Midwestern Rust Belt states such as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

"California is showing signs of improvement. We are seeing it on a quarter-to-quarter basis and year-over-year basis," MBA Chief Economist Jay Brinkmann said.


California's fragile improvements come as the national picture is less clear. Collectively, the longtime mortgage disaster areas – Florida, California, Arizona and Nevada – are becoming less of a problem nationally, MBA data showed.

"A year ago they had 45.3 percent of the problem loans," said Brinkmann. "That's down to 37.9 percent."

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