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FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY DECREASES 7 PERCENT IN JUNE

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Foreclosure Filings Still Up 87 Percent From June 2006

IRVINE, Calif. – July 12, 2007 – RealtyTrac® (realtytrac.com), the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its June 2007 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 164,644 foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — were reported during the month, down 7 percent from the previous month but still up 87 percent from June 2006. The report also shows a national foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 704 U.S. households for the month.

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RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of foreclosure and bank-owned properties, with over 1 million properties from nearly 2,500 counties across the country, and is the foreclosure data provider to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate and The Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate Journal.

“Foreclosure activity subsided somewhat in June after hitting a 30-month high in May,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “And the drop in activity was fairly broad, with 33 states reporting month-over-month decreases. Still, the foreclosure rates in most states remained substantially above last year’s levels.”

Nevada, California, Colorado post top foreclosure rates
With one foreclosure filing for every 175 households in June, Nevada documented a foreclosure rate more than four times the national average and highest among the states for the sixth month in a row. The state reported 4,722 foreclosure filings during the month, a decrease of 10 percent from the previous month but more than three times the number reported in June 2006.

Despite a 2 percent month-over-month dip in foreclosure activity, California registered the nation’s second highest state foreclosure rate, one foreclosure filing for every 315 households — up from third highest the previous month and 2.2 times the national average. The state reported 38,801 foreclosure filings during the month, the most of any state for the sixth month in a row and more than three times the number reported in June 2006.

Colorado’s foreclosure rate dropped from second highest to third highest thanks in part to a 10 percent month-over-month decrease in foreclosure activity in June. The state reported 5,705 foreclosure filings during the month, a foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 317 households — still more than twice the national average.

Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the nation’s 10 highest in June were Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, Connecticut and Indiana.

California, Florida, Ohio document largest foreclosure totals
Following California, Florida and Ohio registered the nation’s second and third highest state foreclosure filing totals in June. Florida reported 21,035 foreclosure filings during the month, a 3 percent decrease from the previous month but still more than double the number reported in June 2006. The state’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 347 households was more than twice the national average and ranked fourth highest among all the states.

Ohio reported 11,879 foreclosure filings in June, a 10 percent decrease from the previous month but a 100 percent increase from June 2006. With one foreclosure filing for every 403 households, the state’s foreclosure rate was 1.7 times the national average and ranked sixth highest among the states.

Other states with foreclosure filing totals among the nation’s 10 highest in June were Michigan, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Arizona, Colorado and New Jersey.  

California cities continue to dominate top metro foreclosure rates
California cities reported six of the nation’s top 10 metropolitan foreclosure rates in June, and the top four spots were occupied by California cities: Stockton, Merced, Modesto and Riverside-San Bernardino. All of the top four cities registered foreclosure rates that were more than five times the national average. Other California cities in the top 10 were Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 7 and Sacramento at No. 8.

Las Vegas documented a foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 138 households, giving it the fifth highest metro foreclosure rate. The foreclosure rate in Greeley, Colo., one foreclosure filing for every 146 households, ranked sixth highest.

Other cities in the top 10 were Detroit at No. 9 and Miami at No. 10.

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides the total number of foreclosure filings — both nationwide and by state — over the preceding month. Data is also available at the individual county level. RealtyTrac’s report includes documents filed in all three phases of foreclosure: Default — Notice 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).

About RealtyTrac Inc.
Ranked as the third largest real estate site by MediaMetrix and No. 53 on Inc. magazine’s 2006 Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, RealtyTrac Inc. (realtytrac.com), is the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, providing all the resources that home seekers, investors and real estate agents need to locate, evaluate and buy properties below market value. Founded in 1996, RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure, foreclosure, For Sale By Owner, resale and new homes, with more than 1 million properties across the country, property reports, productivity tools and extensive professional resources. RealtyTrac hosts nearly 3 million unique visitors monthly and has been chosen to supply foreclosure data to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate and The Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate Journal. For current news and information regarding foreclosure-related issues and trends, visit our blog at www.ForeclosurePulse.com.

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Order Customized Reports
Detailed and historical foreclosure data used to create the above report may be purchased through the RealtyTrac Data Licensing Department at 949.502.8300 Ext. 158. Aggregate data is available at the state, metro, county and zip code levels dating back to 2005, and address-level foreclosure records are also available historically.

Media Contacts:
Michelle Schneider
949.502.8300 Ext. 139
michelle.schneider@realtytrac.com

Christine Stricker
949.502.8300 Ext. 268
christine.stricker@realtytrac.com

Detailed & Historical Data:
Tyler White
949.502.8300 Ext. 158
tyler.white@realtytrac.com


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