ALABAMA FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY UP 15 PERCENT IN OCTOBER

Foreclosure Activity Increases 1 Percent From October 2007

 

IRVINE, Calif. – Nov. 26, 2008 – Alabama reported 836 properties with foreclosure filings in October, a 15 percent increase from the previous month, and 1 percent ahead of the level reported for October 2007, according to the latest RealtyTrac® U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

 

RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of foreclosure and bank-owned properties, with over 1.5 million properties from over 2,200 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.

 

Alabama foreclosures are up slightly in October and from this time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Although still below the national average, the state’s unemployment rate grew 2 percent during the past year. This, in addition to the overall decline in the housing market, is likely contributing to the rise.”

 

Alabama ranked 30th in the country in total foreclosures reported for the month. With one in every 2,524 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing, its foreclosure rate ranked 39th among the 50 states.

 

Five counties dominate state’s foreclosure activity for October

Five Alabama counties accounted for 62 percent of all foreclosure activity in the state for October. Mobile County reported 122 properties with foreclosure filings for the month. Montgomery County documented the state’s second highest foreclosure total, reporting 110 properties with foreclosure filings. Third highest was Baldwin County, reporting 98 properties with foreclosure filings. Madison County came in fourth place, documenting 97 properties with foreclosure filings, followed by Jefferson County with 90 properties with foreclosure filings.

 

Montgomery County posts top foreclosure rate for October

Montgomery County tallied the highest county foreclosure rate in the state in October, with one in every 921 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing for the month — 2.7 times the state average. Baldwin County posted the state’s second highest foreclosure rate, with one in every 984 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month — 2.6 times the state average. Saint Clair County reported the third highest foreclosure rate in Alabama, where one in every 985 housing units received a foreclosure filing in October — 2.6 times the state average.

 

State accounts for less than 1 percent of nation’s foreclosure total in October

Alabama accounted for less than 1 percent of the 279,561 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in October. The national total represented an increase of more than 5 percent from the previous month but was almost 25 percent ahead of the total reported for October 2007. The nation’s foreclosure rate rose to one in every 452 U.S. housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month.

 

Report methodology

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing reported during the month — broken out by type of filing at the county, state and national level. RealtyTrac’s report incorporates 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). If more than one foreclosure document is filed against a property during the month — which is extremely rare — only the most recent filing is counted in the report. The report also checks if the same type of document was filed against a property in a previous month. If so, and if that previous filing occurred within the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the state the property is in, the report does not count the property in the current month.

 

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Alabama Foreclosure Market Data by County – October 2008

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HH (rate)

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

United States

36,036

66,033

66,319

26,305

84,868

279,561

452

n/a

n/a

Alabama

7

0

349

0

480

836

2,524

0.18

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autauga

0

0

6

0

0

6

3,256

0.14

0.78

Baldwin

0

0

17

0

81

98

984

0.46

2.57

Barbour

0

0

3

0

0

3

4,263

0.11

0.59

Bibb

0

0

1

0

1

2

4,295

0.11

0.59

Blount

0

0

3

0

1

4

5,431

0.08

0.46

Bullock

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Butler

0

0

3

0

0

3

3,439

0.13

0.73

Calhoun

0

0

10

0

1

11

4,826

0.09

0.52

Chambers

0

0

5

0

0

5

3,292

0.14

0.77

Cherokee

0

0

2

0

0

2

7,246

0.06

0.35

Chilton

0

0

12

0

1

13

1,421

0.32

1.78

Choctaw

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Clarke

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Clay

0

0

1

0

0

1

6,783

0.07

0.37

Cleburne

0

0

4

0

1

5

1,280

0.35

1.97

Coffee

0

0

2

0

1

3

7,146

0.06

0.35

Colbert

0

0

4

0

1

5

5,208

0.09

0.48

Conecuh

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Coosa

1

0

0

0

0

1

6,329

0.07

0.40

Covington

0

0

2

0

0

2

9,474

0.05

0.27

Crenshaw

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Cullman

0

0

6

0

0

6

6,061

0.07

0.42

Dale

0

0

3

0

0

3

7,498

0.06

0.34

Dallas

0

0

1

0

2

3

6,959

0.06

0.36

De Kalb

0

0

2

0

1

3

9,662

0.05

0.26

Elmore

1

0

14

0

0

15

1,904

0.24

1.33

Escambia

0

0

6

0

1

7

2,416

0.19

1.04

Etowah

0

0

7

0

3

10

4,793

0.09

0.53

Fayette

0

0

3

0

0

3

2,899

0.16

0.87

Franklin

0

0

3

0

0

3

4,679

0.10

0.54

Geneva

0

0

1

0

0

1

12,385

0.04

0.20

Greene

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Hale

0

0

0

0

1

1

8,140

0.06

0.31

Henry

0

0

5

0

0

5

1,667

0.27

1.51

Houston

0

0

5

0

4

9

4,753

0.10

0.53

Jackson

0

0

3

0

1

4

6,245

0.07

0.40

Jefferson

2

0

54

0

34

90

3,385

0.13

0.75

Lamar

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Lauderdale

0

0

8

0

1

9

4,653

0.10

0.54

Lawrence

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Lee

0

0

8

0

1

9

6,518

0.07

0.39

Limestone

0

0

6

0

2

8

3,603

0.13

0.70

Lowndes

1

0

1

0

0

2

2,928

0.15

0.86

Macon

0

0

5

0

1

6

1,818

0.25

1.39

Madison

1

0

9

0

87

97

1,389

0.33

1.82

Marengo

0

0

1

0

1

2

5,178

0.09

0.49

Marion

0

0

2

0

0

2

7,430

0.06

0.34

Marshall

0

0

8

0

0

8

4,744

0.10

0.53

Mobile

0

0

28

0

94

122

1,448

0.31

1.74

Monroe

0

0

2

0

1

3

3,889

0.12

0.65

Montgomery

0

0

14

0

96

110

921

0.49

2.74

Morgan

0

0

4

0

1

5

9,967

0.05

0.25

Perry

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Pickens

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Pike

0

0

2

0

0

2

7,323

0.06

0.34

Randolph

0

0

5

0

0

5

2,109

0.21

1.20

Russell

0

0

3

0

1

4

6,256

0.07

0.40

Saint Clair

0

0

17

0

14

31

985

0.46

2.56

Shelby

1

0

9

0

42

52

1,430

0.32

1.77

Sumter

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Talladega

0

0

6

0

0

6

5,964

0.08

0.42

Tallapoosa

0

0

2

0

1

3

7,034

0.06

0.36

Tuscaloosa

0

0

7

0

2

9

8,792

0.05

0.29

Walker

0

0

11

0

0

11

3,034

0.15

0.83

Washington

0

0

1

0

0

1

8,350

0.05

0.30

Wilcox

0

0

1

0

0

1

6,365

0.07

0.40

Winston

0

0

1

0

0

1

12,815

0.04

0.20

 

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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 1.3 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 more information, visit (www.realtytrac.com).

 

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