75 Percent of Nation’s Top Metro Areas Post Increasing Foreclosure Activity in First Half of 2010

Nine of Top 10 Most Severely Affected Metros Post Year-Over-Year Declines in Foreclosure Activity, but Rates Remain 3 to 5 Times Higher than National Average

IRVINE, Calif. – July 29, 2010 – RealtyTrac® (realtytrac.com), the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its Midyear 2010 Metropolitan Foreclosure Market Report, which shows 154 of the 206 U.S. metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more posted year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity even while foreclosure activity decreased in nine of the 10 metros with the highest foreclosure rates.

Four states — Florida, California, Nevada and Arizona — accounted for all top 20 metro foreclosure rates. Florida led the way, with nine of the top 20 metro foreclosure rates, followed by California with eight, Nevada with two and Arizona with one.

“While we’re seeing early signs that foreclosure activity may have peaked in some of the hardest-hit markets, foreclosures continued to rise in three-quarters of the nation’s metropolitan areas in the first half of the year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “The fragile stability achieved in many local housing markets hinges on improvements in the underlying economy, specifically job growth. If unemployment remains persistently high and foreclosure prevention efforts only delay the inevitable, then we could continue to see increased foreclosure activity and a corresponding weakness in home prices in many metro areas.”    

Top 10 metro foreclosure rates
Las Vegas continued to post the nation’s highest metro foreclosure rate in the first half of the year, with 6.60 percent of its housing units (one in 15) receiving a foreclosure filing — more than five times the national average. A total of 53,525 Las Vegas properties received a foreclosure filing during the six-month period, a decrease of nearly 15 percent from the previous six months and a decrease of nearly 9 percent from the first half of 2009.

Foreclosure activity in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., metro area decreased nearly 22 percent from the previous six months and was down nearly 30 percent from the first half of 2009, but the metro area still documented the nation’s second highest metro foreclosure rate — 4.98 percent of its housing units (one in 20) received a foreclosure filing during the six-month period. Other Florida cities in the top 10 were Orlando-Kissimmee at No. 8 (4.15 percent of housing units) and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach at No. 10 (3.89 percent).

With 4.59 percent of its housing units (one in 22) receiving a foreclosure filing, Modesto, Calif., posted the nation’s third highest metro foreclosure rate. Other California cities in the top 10 were Merced at No. 4 (4.47 percent of housing units); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario at No. 5 (4.37 percent); Stockton at No. 6 (4.37 percent); and Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 9 (3.91 percent).

The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area in Arizona posted the nation’s seventh highest metro foreclosure rate, with 4.28 percent of its housing units (one in 23) receiving a foreclosure filing in the first half of 2010.

Metros with highest foreclosure totals
More properties received a foreclosure filing in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metro area during the first half of 2010 than any other metro area with a population of 200,000 or more. A total of 94,466 properties in the Miami area received a foreclosure filing during the six-month period, a decrease of 8 percent from the previous six months, but up nearly 11 percent from the first six months of 2009.

A total of 93,263 properties in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metro area received a foreclosure filing in the first half of 2010, the second highest total of any metro area nationwide and 2.11 percent of all housing units (one in 47) — ranking No. 35 in terms of foreclosure rate.

A total of 78,022 properties in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet metro area received a foreclosure filing in the first half of 2010, the third highest total and 2.07 percent of all housing units (one in 48) — ranking No. 37 in terms of foreclosure rate.

Other metro areas with the 10 highest foreclosure totals were Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (73,352), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (63,717), Las Vegas-Paradise (53,525), Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta (52,381), Detroit-Warren-Livonia (47,563), New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island (44,522), and Orlando-Kissimmee (37,352).

 

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 first six months of the year for metropolitan statistical areas with a population of 200,000 or more based on Census bureau estimates. Some foreclosure filings entered into the database during a six-month period may have been recorded in previous time periods. 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). If more than one foreclosure document is received for a property during the six-month period, only the most recent filing is counted in the report. If the same type of foreclosure document was filed against a property previous to the six-month period but within the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the state where the property is located, the report does not count the property in the six-month period.

 

Midyear 2010 U.S. Metro Foreclosure Market Data

    Properties with Foreclosure Filings
Rate Rank Metro Name Total %Housing Units 1/every X HU %Change from Jul-Dec 09 %Change from Jan-Jun 09

U.S. Total

1,654,634

1.28

78

-5.14

8.26

1

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

53,525

6.60

15

-14.73

-8.80

2

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

18,179

4.98

20

-21.69

-29.88

3

Modesto, CA

8,034

4.59

22

-15.24

-14.02

4

Merced, CA

3,742

4.47

22

-19.49

-34.64

5

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

63,717

4.37

23

-18.01

-22.62

6

Stockton, CA

9,999

4.37

23

-17.63

-21.80

7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

73,352

4.28

23

-2.54

-0.95

8

Orlando-Kissimmee, FL

37,352

4.15

24

-13.78

-1.19

9

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

5,885

3.91

26

-14.94

-12.24

10

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

94,466

3.89

26

-8.28

10.62

11

Reno-Sparks, NV

6,804

3.76

27

-6.07

4.44

12

Bakersfield, CA

10,010

3.67

27

-18.69

-17.79

13

Naples-Marco Island, FL

6,251

3.23

31

-0.94

-10.57

14

Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA

27,275

3.19

31

-12.38

-6.99

15

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

7,664

3.09

32

-8.16

15.51

16

Port St. Lucie, FL

6,343

3.05

33

-31.58

-23.11

17

Lakeland, FL

8,132

2.90

35

-12.15

9.79

18

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

7,473

2.79

36

-0.44

18.32

19

Visalia-Porterville, CA

3,751

2.72

37

-7.93

-4.99

20

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

35,835

2.71

37

5.58

5.69

 

About RealtyTrac Inc.
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