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1.65 Million U.S. Properties Receive Foreclosure Filings in First Half of 2010, According to RealtyTrac

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RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, recently released its Midyear 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 1,961,894 foreclosure filings—default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions—were reported on 1,654,634 U.S. properties in the first six months of 2010, a 5% decrease in total properties from the previous six months but an 8% increase in total properties from the first six months of 2009. The report also shows that 1.28% of all U.S. housing units (one in 78) received at least one foreclosure filing in the first half of the year.

Foreclosure filings were reported on 313,841 U.S. properties in June, a decrease of nearly 3% from the previous month and a decrease of nearly 7% from June 2009. June was the sixteenth straight month where the total number of properties with foreclosure filings exceeded 300,000.

Foreclosure filings were reported on 895,521 U.S. properties during the second quarter, a decrease of nearly 4% from the previous quarter and an increase of less than 1% from the second quarter of 2009. Default and auction notices were down on a month-over-month and year-over-year basis in the first quarter, but bank repossessions (REOs) increased 5% from the previous quarter and 38% from Q2 2009 to 269,962—a new quarterly high for the report.

“The second quarter was a tale of two trends,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “The pace of properties entering foreclosure slowed as lenders pre-empted or delayed foreclosure proceedings on delinquent properties with more aggressive short sale and loan modification initiatives. Meanwhile, the pace of properties completing the foreclosure process through bank repossession quickened as lenders cleared out a backlog of distressed inventory delayed by foreclosure prevention efforts in 2009.

“The midyear numbers put us on pace to exceed 3 million properties with foreclosure filings by the end of the year, and more than 1 million bank repossessions,” Saccacio continued. “The roller coaster pattern of foreclosure activity over the past 12 months demonstrates that while the foreclosure problem is being managed on the surface, a massive number of distressed properties and underwater loans continues to sit just below the surface, threatening the fragile stability of the housing market.”

Nevada, Arizona, Florida post top state foreclosure rates
Nearly 6% of all Nevada housing units (one in 17) received at least one foreclosure filing in the first half of 2010, giving Nevada the nation’s highest foreclosure rate during the six-month period despite decreasing foreclosure activity. A total of 64,429 Nevada properties received a foreclosure filing from January to June, a decrease of 13% from the previous six months and a decrease of 6% from the first six months of 2009.

Arizona registered the nation’s second highest state foreclosure rate in the first half of 2010, with 3.36% of its housing units (one in 30) receiving a foreclosure filing, and Florida registered the nation’s third highest state foreclosure rate, with 3.15% of its housing units (one in 32) receiving a foreclosure filing during the six months.

Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the nation’s 10 highest were California (2.54%), Utah (1.91%), Georgia (1.79%), Michigan (1.73%), Idaho (1.68%), Illinois (1.61%) and Colorado (1.40%).

California, Florida, Arizona post highest foreclosure totals
A total of 340,740 California properties received a foreclosure filing in the first half of 2010, the nation’s highest total but down 15% from the previous six months and down nearly 13% from the first six months of 2009.

With 277,073 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in the first six months of 2010, Florida documented the second highest state total. First-half foreclosure activity in Florida decreased nearly 9% from the previous six months but increased 3% from the first half of 2009.

Arizona’s 91,484 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in the first six months of 2010 was the third highest state total even though the state’s foreclosure activity decreased nearly 2% from the previous six months. Arizona foreclosure activity in the first half of 2010 was still up nearly 2% from the first half of 2009.

Other states with first-half totals among the 10 highest in the country were Illinois (85,223), Michigan (78,509), Georgia (71,949), Texas (64,883), Nevada (64,429), Ohio (59,927) and New Jersey (36,542).

For more information, visit www.realtytrac.com.

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