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Foreclosure Activity Increases 1 Percent in January

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Foreclosure  Activity Down 17 Percent from Year Ago
    REO  Activity Increases 12 Percent From December

IRVINE, Calif. – Feb. 10, 2011 — RealtyTrac® (http://www.realtytrac.com/gateway_co.asp?accnt=137300),  the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its  U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for January 2011, which shows foreclosure  filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank  repossessions — were reported on 261,333 U.S. properties in January, a 1  percent increase from the previous month but a 17 percent decrease from January  2010. The report also shows one in every 497 housing units received a  foreclosure filing during the month.

“We’ve now seen three straight months with fewer  than 300,000 properties receiving foreclosure filings, following 20 straight  months where the total exceeded 300,000,” said James J. Saccacio, chief  executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Unfortunately this is less a sign of a robust  housing recovery and more a sign that lenders have become bogged down in  reviewing procedures, resubmitting paperwork and formulating legal arguments  related to accusations of improper foreclosure processing.”

Foreclosure Activity by Type
A total of 75,198 U.S. properties received default  notices (NOD, LIS) in January, a 1 percent decrease from the previous month  and a 27 percent decrease from January 2010 — the 12th straight  month where default notices decreased on a year-over-year basis. January was  also the fourth straight month where default notices decreased on a  month-over-month basis, giving it the lowest monthly total for default notices  since July 2007. 

Default notices in states with a non-judicial  foreclosure process (NOD) increased less than 1 percent from the previous month  but were down 8 percent from January 2010, while default notices in states with  a judicial foreclosure process (LIS) decreased 2 percent from December and were  down 39 percent from January 2010.

Foreclosure  auctions (NTS, NFS) were scheduled for the first time on a total of 108,002  U.S.  properties in January, a 4 percent decrease from the previous month and a 13  percent decrease from January 2010. It was the lowest monthly total for scheduled  foreclosure auctions since February 2009.

Scheduled non-judicial foreclosure auctions (NFS)  decreased 1 percent from December and were down 3 percent from January 2010,  while scheduled judicial foreclosure auctions (NTS) decreased 14 percent from  the previous month and were down 39 percent from January 2010.

Lenders foreclosed on 78,133 U.S. properties  in January, up 12 percent from the previous month but still down 11 percent  from January 2010. Bank repossessions (REO) in non-judicial foreclosure states  increased 23 percent from December but were still down 9 percent from January  2010, while bank repossessions in judicial foreclosure states decreased 7  percent from the previous month and were down 16 percent from January 2010.

Nevada, Arizona, California post top state foreclosure rates
Nevada bank  repossessions increased 16 percent from the previous month, helping the state  maintain the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate for the 49th  straight month — despite month-over-month decreases in default notices and  scheduled auctions. One in every 93 Nevada  housing units received a foreclosure filing in January — more than five times  the national average.

One in every 175 Arizona housing  units received a foreclosure filing in January, the nation’s second highest  state foreclosure rate. Arizona  foreclosure activity increased 16 percent from the previous month — driven by a  54 percent month-over-month increase in REOs — but was still down 25 percent  from January 2010.

California REO  activity increased 32 percent from the previous month, and the state posted the  nation’s third highest state foreclosure rate, with one in every 200 housing  units receiving a foreclosure filing.

Idaho posted the nation’s  fourth highest state foreclosure rate, with one in every 241 housing units  receiving a foreclosure filing, while Utah posted the nation’s fifth highest  state foreclosure rate, with one in every 265 housing units receiving a  foreclosure filing during the month.

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

Five states account for more than 50 percent of  national total
With 67,072 properties  receiving a foreclosure filing, California  accounted for more than 25 percent of the national total in January. After  hitting a 25-month low in November, California  foreclosure activity has increased on a month-over-month basis for two straight  months.

Florida foreclosure  activity decreased on a month-over-month basis for the fourth straight month,  but the state’s 21,671 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in January — a  42-month low — was still the second highest in the nation.

Michigan foreclosure  activity increased for the second straight month, and the state posted the  nation’s third highest total, with 16,716 properties receiving a foreclosure  filing in January.

Arizona posted the nation’s fourth highest total,  with 15,757 properties receiving a foreclosure filing, whileTexas posted the  nation’s fifth highest total, with 14,897 properties receiving a foreclosure  filing during the month.

Other states with  foreclosure activity totals among the nation’s 10 highest in January were Illinois (13,164), Georgia  (12,772), Nevada (12,263), Ohio  (8,924) and New Jersey  (5,526).

Top 10 metro rates in Nevada,  California, Arizona,  while Florida  metros drop
  With one in every 82  housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in January, 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 nearly 13 percent from the previous month and  increased less than 1 percent from January 2010.

The other Nevada metro area in the  top 10 was Reno-Sparks, at No. 5 with one in every 132 housing units receiving  a foreclosure filing.

Seven California  metro areas posted foreclosure rates in the top 10, led by Modesto,  at No. 2 with one in every 111 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing; Stockton, at No. 3 with  one in every 114 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing; and  Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, at No. 4 with one in every 120 housing units  receiving a foreclosure filing. Other California metro areas with foreclosure  rates in the top 10 were Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 6 (one in 135 housing units);  Bakersfield at No. 7 (one in 143); Merced at No. 9 (one in 149); and  Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville at No. 10 (one in 151). Sacramento  was the only California  metro area in the top 10 to report increasing foreclosure activity on a month-over-month  and year-over year basis.

With one in every 143  housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in January, the  Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area posted the nation’s eighth highest metro  foreclosure rate.

No Florida cities showed up in the top 20 metro  foreclosure rates in January. In contrast the state accounted for nine of the  top 20 metro foreclosure rates in 2010.

Report methodology
The RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report  provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one  foreclosure filing entered into the RealtyTrac database during the month —  broken out by type of filing. Some foreclosure filings entered into the  database during the month may have been recorded in previous months. Data is  collected from more than 2,200 counties nationwide, and those counties account  for more than 90 percent of the U.S.  population. RealtyTrac’s report incorporates documents filed in all three  phases of foreclosure: DefaultNotice  of Default (NOD) and Lis  Pendens (LIS); Auction —  Notice of Trustee Sale and Notice of Foreclosure Sale (NTS and NFS); and Real  Estate Owned, or REO  properties (that have been foreclosed on and repurchased by a bank). The report  does not count a property again if it receives the same type of foreclosure  filing multiple times within the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the state  where the property is located.

Report License
The RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report is  the result of a proprietary evaluation of information compiled by RealtyTrac;  the report and any of the information in whole or in part can only be quoted,  copied, published, re-published, distributed and/or re-distributed or used in  any manner if the user specifically references RealtyTrac as the source for  said report and/or any of the information set forth within the report.

About RealtyTrac Inc.
RealtyTrac (http://www.realtytrac.com/) is the leading online  marketplace of foreclosure properties, with more than 2 million default,  auction and bank-owned listings from over 2,200 U.S. counties, along with detailed  property, loan and home sales data. Hosting more than 3 million unique monthly  visitors, RealtyTrac provides innovative technology solutions and practical  education resources to facilitate buying, selling and investing in real estate.  RealtyTrac’s foreclosure data has also been used by the Federal Reserve, FBI,  U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and Banking Committee, U.S. Treasury  Department, and numerous state housing and banking departments to help evaluate  foreclosure trends and address policy issues related to foreclosures.

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