Getty Images Regardless of some progress, New Jersey still leads the nation in the number of home mortgages in distress.

In the very first quarter of 2016, the states distressed mortgage rate was 8.9 percent– more than double the nationwide average.

Economic analyst Patrick OKeefe of Cohn/Reznick in Roseland says there has actually been significant development in Jersey in lowering the distressed mortage rate, however he says, Geez, we have actually got some excellent news, however it is not as excellent as we require.

According to OKeefe, a combination of factors have actually added to the distressed mortgage foot-dragging numbers in the Garden State.

It begins with the truththat our economy has grown a little bit more slowly than the nationwide economy over the course of the financial recovery, he stated.

OKeefe said a 2nd factor is that housing costs in New Jersey have yet to reconcile themselves to the new truth, as has actually been the case in other places around the nation.

And finally, New Jersey is what is described as a judicial repossession state, which implies that the discharge of a repossession here is done by way of court procedures, which are more rigorous however for that reason more lengthy, as is the case in lots of other states.

You put all of those together for the previous 10 quarters, New Jersey has ranked No. 1 in the variety of distressed home mortgages, relative to the size of the exceptional home mortgages in the state.

He says we lag other states, however over the last 12 months, there has been considerable progress.

About one-fifth of a decline in the number of distressed mortgages, in the previous 12 months. According to OKeefe, That is significant.

He says New Jersey had actually expected that in the very first quarter of this year we would continue to see that momentum. Regrettably, in the first quarter, we actually had a marginal uptick in the variety of distressed home loans.

However, OKeefe adds, the underlying momentum is in the ideal direction.

Joe Cutter is the afternoon news anchor at New Jersey 101.5. Contact him at!.?.!