ATLANTA FORECLOSURES INCREASE 36 PERCENT IN AUGUST

Foreclosure Rate More Than 3.5 Times National Average
Georgia Foreclosures Up 27 Percent

IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 24, 2006 – Atlanta foreclosure activity increased 36 percent in August, pushing the city’s foreclosure rate to more than 3.5 times the national average and second highest among the nation’s 10 largest metros, according to the August 2006 RealtyTrac™ U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

The 28-county Atlanta metropolitan area recorded a total of 5,163 properties entering some stage of foreclosure and a foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure filing for every 281 households.

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“Atlanta foreclosure rates were already among the highest in the country, and this jump in foreclosure filings pushes the city’s foreclosure rates to the second highest level among the nation’s 10 largest metro areas,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer. “Among those metro areas, only Dallas had a higher foreclosure rate than Atlanta.”

Atlanta’s foreclosure rate was higher than the foreclosure rates in Riverside, Calif., Houston, Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

“In addition to large corporate layoffs, pension plans being slashed and adjustable rate mortgages, I believe another contributing factor to increasing foreclosures is that there are a lot of inexperienced investors in the market right now,” said Ken McCall, an Atlanta real estate agent. “There are many costs associated with the process of putting a house back on the market in sellable condition and inexperience can be very costly.”

Fulton County documented the most foreclosures and the highest foreclosure rate in the metro area. The county reported 1,259 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure filing for every 122 households — more than eight times the national average.

Other counties with high foreclosure rates included Henry County, with one new foreclosure filing for every 154 households; Paulding County, with one new foreclosure filing for every 164 households; Clayton County, with one new foreclosure filing for every 175 households; and Rockdale County, with one new foreclosure filing for every 207 households.

With 1,042 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, DeKalb County recorded the second highest number of new foreclosures in the metro area. The county’s foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure filing for every 251 households was four times the national average.

The majority of counties in the metro area documented foreclosure rates above the national average, but several of the less-populated counties — Bartow, Butts, Dawson, Haralson, Heard, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Newton, Pickens and Spalding — reported foreclosure rates below the national average.

Georgia reported 5,967 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 27 percent increase from the previous month and an 88 percent increase from August 2005. The state’s foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure filing for every 519 households was fourth highest in the nation and nearly twice the national average.

U.S. foreclosure activity increased 24 percent in August, with 115,292 properties entering some stage of foreclosure during the month — the second highest number reported in any month year to date and one new foreclosure filing for every 1,003 households.

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides the total number of homes in some stage of foreclosure nationwide, statewide and by county in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area. RealtyTrac’s report includes properties in all three phases of foreclosure: Pre-foreclosures – Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Foreclosures – 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 re-purchased by a bank).

er.white@realtytrac.com  

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