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Foreclosure Activity Decreases 21 Percent in November 2010, According to RealtyTrac

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RISMEDIA, December 17, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for November 2010, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 262,339 U.S. properties in November, a 21% decrease from the previous month and a 14% decrease from November 2009. One in every 492 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month.

“Foreclosure activity decreased dramatically in November, with fewer than 300,000 properties receiving a foreclosure notice for the first time since February 2009,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer at RealtyTrac. “While part of the decrease can be attributed to a seasonal drop of 7 to 10 percent that typically occurs in November, fallout from the foreclosure robo-signing controversy forced lenders and servicers to hit the pause button on many foreclosures while they scrambled to revamp their internal procedures and revise or resubmit questionable paperwork.”

Both the 21% month-over-month decrease and 14% year-over-year decrease in foreclosure activity were the highest drops recorded since RealtyTrac began publishing the U.S. Foreclosure Report in January 2005.

Foreclosure Activity by Type
A total of 78,955 U.S. properties received default notices (NOD, LIS) in November, a 21% decrease from the previous month and a 31% decrease from November 2009—the 10th straight annual decrease in default notices. November’s default notices total was the lowest since July 2007.

Default notices in states that practice judicial foreclosures (called Lis Pendens filings) decreased 31% from the previous month and were down 43% from November 2009. Meanwhile non-judicial default notices (NOD) decreased 9% from the previous month and were down 12% from November 2009.

Foreclosure auctions (NTS, NFS) were scheduled for the first time on a total of 115,956 U.S. properties in November, a 16% decrease from the previous month and unchanged from November 2009. Scheduled judicial foreclosure auctions (NFS) decreased 34% from the previous month and were down 12% from November 2009, while scheduled non-judicial foreclosure auctions (NTS) decreased 7% from the previous month but increased 5% from November 2009.

Lenders foreclosed on 67,428 U.S. properties in November, down 28% from the previous month and down 12% from November 2009. Bank repossessions (REOs) decreased month-over-month in 37 states and the District of Columbia. November’s REO total was the lowest since May 2009, but November’s numbers pushed the year-to-date 2010 REO total to more than 980,000—already above the record year-end total for 2009.

Nevada, Utah, California post top state foreclosure rates
Despite a 20% monthly decrease in foreclosure activity, Nevada posted the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate for the 47th straight month. One in every 99 Nevada housing units received a foreclosure filing in November—nearly five times the national average.

Thanks in part to sharp monthly drops in foreclosure activity in Arizona, Florida, California and Michigan, Utah’s foreclosure rate leapfrogged to second highest among the states in November after being sixth highest the previous month. One in every 221 Utah housing units received a foreclosure notice during the month— more than twice the national average.

With one in every 233 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November, California posted the nation’s third highest foreclosure rate despite a nearly 14% decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous month and a 22% decrease in foreclosure activity from November 2009.

Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the top 10 in November were Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Idaho, Illinois and Colorado.

10 states account for more than 70 percent of national total
California alone accounted for 22% of the national total in November, with 57,378 properties receiving a foreclosure filing during the month—the nation’s highest state total. Default notices in California, which is primarily a non-judicial foreclosure state, decreased 11% from the previous month, while scheduled auctions decreased 2% and bank repossessions decreased 40%.

With 32,938 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in November, Florida posted the second highest state total despite a 42% drop in foreclosure activity from the previous month. Default notices in Florida, which is a judicial foreclosure state, decreased 52% from the previous month, while scheduled auctions decreased 46% and bank repossessions decreased 20%.

With 15,311 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in November, Michigan posted the third highest state total despite a 21% drop in foreclosure activity from the previous month. Default notices in Michigan, which is primarily a non-judicial foreclosure state, decreased 4% from the previous month, while scheduled auctions decreased 20% and REOs decreased 35%.

Georgia posted the fourth highest state total, with 14,423 properties receiving a foreclosure filing, and Texas posted the fifth highest state total, with 13,369 properties receiving a foreclosure filing. Both states—which are primarily non-judicial foreclosure states with short foreclosure processes that do not require a public default notice separate from the published foreclosure auction notice—documented double-digit percentage increases in scheduled auctions from the previous month but also documented double-digit percentage decreases in bank repossessions from the previous month.

Other states with foreclosure activity totals among the nation’s 10 highest in November were Illinois (12,941), Nevada (11,371), Ohio (10,458), Arizona (10,384) and Pennsylvania (5,672).

Top 10 metro foreclosure rates in Nevada, California and Florida
With one in every 86 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November, the Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., metro area maintained the nation’s highest foreclosure rate among metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more. Las Vegas foreclosure activity decreased 19% from the previous month but was up 21% from November 2009.

Reno-Sparks, Nev., also posted a foreclosure rate in the top 10, at No. 8 with one in every 150 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November.

Seven California cities posted foreclosure rates that ranked in the top 10: Stockton at No. 2 with one in every 130 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing; Bakersfield at No. 3 (one in 133 housing units); Modesto at No. 4 (one in 135 housing units); Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 5 (one in 144 housing units); Merced at No. 6 (one in 147 housing units); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario at No. 7 (one in 148 housing units); and Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville at No. 9 (one in 163 housing units).

Big monthly drops in foreclosure activity in many Florida metro areas resulted in only one metro area in the state with a foreclosure rate ranking among the top 10: Port St. Lucie at No. 10 with one in every 173 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November.

For more information, visit www.realtytrac.com.

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