One out of every 15 home mortgages in Sonoma County was 90 days or more delinquent in February, a rate that has risen steadily over the past year.
The rate of delinquent loans rose to 7.42 percent in February, according to a report released Wednesday by First American CoreLogic. In February 2009 the rate stood at 4.51 percent.
The county’s rate of mortgages in some stage of foreclosure reached 2.16 percent in February. The rate was the highest in the past year and compared to 1.36 percent a year ago in February.
The county rates remained below the state and nation. The delinquency rates were 11.68 percent for California and 8.78 percent for the U.S.
The foreclosure rates were 3.53 percent for the state and 3.17 percent for the nation.
The rate of homes not sold at a foreclosure auction and taken back by lenders remained lower than a year ago for the county, state and nation.
For Sonoma County, the rate of such loans, known as real estate owned, or REO, was .41 percent in February, down from .78 percent a year earlier.
— Robert Digitale