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FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY INCREASES 7 PERCENT IN JULY

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Press release revised Oct. 25, 2007

Foreclosure Filings Up 89 Percent From July 2006

IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 21, 2007 – RealtyTrac® (realtytrac.com), the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its July 2007 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 175,458 foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — were reported during the month, up 7 percent from the previous month and up 89 percent from July 2006. The report also shows a national foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 710 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.

“While 43 states experienced year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity, just five states — California, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Georgia — accounted for more than half of the nation’s total foreclosure filings,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Meanwhile, a few states actually reported declining foreclosure activity on a year-over-year basis. Some of these states could be benefiting from increased interest from real estate investors who have pulled out of more volatile markets where home price appreciation seems to have hit its peak for the time being. In contrast, states like Texas, South Carolina and Utah have seen slow but steady price appreciation over the past five years, making them much more attractive and affordable.”

Nevada, Michigan, California post top foreclosure rates
Nevada documented the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate for the seventh month in a row, one foreclosure filing for every 199 households — more than three times the national average. The state reported a total of 5,116 foreclosure filings during the month, up 8 percent from the previous month and up 215 percent from July 2006.

Michigan’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 320 households ranked second highest among the states in July, up from seventh highest in June. The state reported 13,979 foreclosure filings during the month, a 39 percent month-over-month increase and a 130 percent year-over-year increase.

California’s foreclosure rate — one foreclosure filing for every 333 households — slipped from second highest in June to third highest in July.

Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the nation’s 10 highest in July were Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts and Indiana.

California, Florida, Michigan document largest foreclosure totals
California reported 39,013 foreclosure filings in July, the most of any state for the seventh month in a row and up 289 percent from July 2006. The state’s foreclosure activity was up less than 1 percent from the previous month.

Despite a 9 percent drop in foreclosure activity over the previous month, Florida continued to document the nation’s second highest number of foreclosure filings in July. The state reported 19,179 foreclosure filings during the month, still up 78 percent from July 2006 and a foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 431 households — seventh highest among the states and 1.6 times the national average.

Michigan replaced Ohio as the state with the third highest number of foreclosure filings, and Ohio dropped to the No. 4 spot despite reporting a 12 percent month-over-month increase in foreclosure activity in July.

Other states with foreclosure filing totals among the nation’s 10 highest in July were, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois and Nevada.

Detroit tops list of metro foreclosure rates
Detroit posted a 70 percent month-over-month increase in foreclosure activity in July, pushing the city’s foreclosure rate to one foreclosure filing for every 97 households — more than seven times the national average and highest among 229 metro areas tracked in the RealtyTrac report. The city reported a total of 8,683 foreclosure filings during the month.

Six California metropolitan areas reported foreclosure rates among the top 10 in July: Stockton at No. 2; Merced at No. 3; Modesto at No. 4; Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 5; Riverside-San Bernardino at No. 7; and Sacramento at No. 8

Other cities with foreclosure rates among the 10 highest were Las Vegas at No. 6, Greeley, Colo., 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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