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U.S. FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY INCREASES 2 PERCENT IN OCTOBER

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Foreclosure Filings Up 94 Percent From October 2006

IRVINE, Calif. – Nov. 29, 2007 – RealtyTrac® (realtytrac.com), the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its October 2007 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 224,451 foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — were reported during the month, up 2 percent from the previous month and up 94 percent from October 2006. The national foreclosure rate for the month was one foreclosure filing for every 555 households.

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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.

“Overall foreclosure activity continues to register at a high level compared to last year, but it appears to have leveled off over the past two months after hitting a high for the year in August,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Default notices were down nearly 9 percent in October, indicating that some of the efforts on the part of homeowners, lenders and advocacy groups to find alternatives to foreclosure may be starting to have an impact. On the other hand, bank repossessions were up nearly 35 percent, evidence that more homeowners who enter foreclosure are losing their homes.”

Nevada, California, Florida post top state foreclosure rates
Nevada documented the highest foreclosure rate among the states for the tenth straight month, with one foreclosure filing for every 154 households — 3.6 times the national average. A total of 6,618 foreclosure filings were reported in the state for the month, a 20 percent increase from the previous month and nearly triple the number reported in October 2006.

California foreclosure activity decreased nearly 2 percent from the previous month, but the state’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 258 households still ranked second highest among the states. A total of 50,401 foreclosure filings were reported in the state for the month, more than triple the number reported in October 2006.

Florida’s foreclosure rate — one foreclosure filing for every 273 households — ranked third highest among the states in October. With 30,190 foreclosure filings reported for the month, the state’s foreclosure activity was down more than 9 percent from the previous month but still up nearly 165 percent from October 2006.

Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the nation’s 10 highest were Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, Colorado, Arizona, Indiana and Illinois.

California, Florida, Ohio report highest foreclosure totals
Ohio’s foreclosure filing total of 17,276 was third highest behind the totals in California and Florida. The state’s foreclosure activity increased nearly 10 percent from the previous month and was up 136 percent from October 2006. Ohio’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 290 households ranked fourth highest among the states.

With 13,415 foreclosure filings reported in October, Michigan documented the nation’s fourth highest foreclosure filing total and the sixth highest foreclosure rate — one foreclosure filing for every 334 households. The state’s foreclosure activity was down nearly 6 percent from the previous month but was up nearly 63 percent from October 2006.

Texas documented the fifth highest state total, with 12,288 foreclosure filings in October — a 16 percent decrease from the previous month but a 26 percent increase from October 2006. The state’s foreclosure rate — one foreclosure filing for every 735 households — dropped out of the top 10 and registered below the national average.

Other states with foreclosure totals among the nation’s 10 highest were Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New York and Arizona.

Inland California cities, Las Vegas, Detroit, Cleveland among top metro rates
California cities continued to dominate the top metro foreclosure rates in October, taking six out of the top 10 spots for the month. Merced documented the No. 1 foreclosure rate, with one foreclosure filing for every 82 households — 6.7 times the national average. Stockton and Modesto took the second and third spots; Riverside-San Bernardino and Vallejo-Fairfield took the sixth and seventh spots; and Sacramento’s foreclosure rate ranked No. 9.

Las Vegas documented the fourth highest metro foreclosure rate for the month, one foreclosure filing for every 120 households, followed by No. 5 Detroit, with one foreclosure filing for every 131 households. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., registered the eighth highest metro foreclosure rate, and Cleveland’s foreclosure rate ranked 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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