CHICAGO AREA FORECLOSURES UP 5 PERCENT

CHICAGO AREA FORECLOSURES INCREASE FIVE PERCENT ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ FEBRUARY U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT

Increases in Several Collar Counties Offset Drop in Cook County. Area Maintains Third Highest Foreclosure Rate Among Five Largest Metros

Irvine, Calif. – March 22, 2006 – Chicago metro area foreclosures rose five percent in February despite a 10 percent drop in Cook County, according to the RealtyTrac™ February 2006 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report. The 14-county metropolitan area reported 3,590 properties entering some stage of foreclosure and a foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure for every 964 households.

RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with more than 600,000 properties from more than 2,500 counties across the country, and is the foreclosure data provider to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate, AOL Real Estate and Knight Ridder Online.

“Of the nation’s top five metros, Chicago was the only one that reported increasing foreclosures in February,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Even so, the area’s foreclosure rate remains in the middle of the pack compared to the other top metro areas and just slightly above the national average.”

For the second consecutive month Chicago’s foreclosure rate stayed lower than foreclosure rates in Dallas-Fort Worth and Philadelphia but higher than foreclosure rates in New York and Los Angeles. The region’s foreclosure rate inched closer to the U.S. average of one new foreclosure for every 986 households thanks to foreclosures increasing at a faster pace nationwide. A total of 117,259 U.S. properties entered some stage of foreclosure in February, 13 percent increase from the previous month and a 68 percent increase from February 2005.

Cook County reported 1,972 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in February, a 10 percent decrease from the previous month. The county’s foreclosure rate — one new foreclosure for every 1,062 households — dropped below the national average.

Several other counties in the Chicago metropolitan area also reported fewer foreclosures in February. Du Page County reported 112 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 24 percent decrease from the previous month, and Kane County reported 148 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 19 percent decrease from the previous month.

Those decreases were countered by increases elsewhere in the region. Will County reported 350 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 31 percent increase and one new foreclosure for every 501 households — twice the national average. McHenry County reported 150 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 29 percent increase and one new foreclosure for every 619 households. Lake County reported 316 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, an 18 percent increase and one new foreclosure for every 714 households.

With one new foreclosure for every 1,070 households, Illinois notched a foreclosure rate just below the national average in February. The state reported 4,569 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 1 percent increase from the previous month and a 77 percent increase from February 2005.

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides the total number of homes in some stage of foreclosure nationwide and by state over the preceding month. Data is also available at the individual county level. 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 repurchased by a bank).

Below are foreclosure market statistics nationwide and by state:

State Name NODs NTSs NFSs LISs REOs Total

1 in every #households

%Change prev. month
US 2/2006 20,759 38,839 2,423 10,554 44,684 117,259 986 13
Alabama 1 58 0 0 21 80 24,543 -22
Alaska 4 56 0 0 14 74 2,773 -24
Arizona 107 1,973 0 0 83 2,163 1,012 7
Arkansas 16 589 0 0 501 1,106 1,061 -17
California 6,869 2,079 0 0 162 9,110 1,341 -3
Colorado 1,967 463 0 0 1,698 4,128 443 10
Connecticut 897 21 0 0 31 949 1,460 899
Delaware 1 7 0 0 11 19 18,056 -47
District of Columbia 0 2 0 0 5 7 39,264 0
Florida 0 0 1,421 7,850 748 10,019 729 -3
Georgia 1 5,997 0 0 3,423 9,421 329 28
Hawaii 19 36 0 0 0 55 8,373 62
Idaho 48 119 0 0 113 280 1,878 5
Illinois 1,735 108 0 0 2,726 4,569 1,070 1
Indiana 1,362 1,240 0 0 3,307 5,909 427 34
Iowa 0 12 0 0 347 359 3,433 -6
Kansas 0 24 0 0 137 161 7,006 -33
Kentucky 260 49 0 0 157 466 3,757 -24
Louisiana 1 45 0 0 52 98 19,216 -20
Maine 0 3 0 0 6 9 72,432 -59
Maryland 0 247 0 0 25 272 7,877 -53
Massachusetts 10 342 0 0 18 370 7,086 538
Michigan 27 3,219 0 0 7,097 10,343 408 121
Minnesota 8 244 0 0 121 373 5,544 87
Mississippi 0 38 0 0 58 96 13,217 41
Missouri 18 389 0 0 1,802 2,209 1,103 76
Montana 2 84 0 0 6 92 4,479 8
Nebraska 79 11 0 0 139 229 3,138 -37
Nevada 677 1,047 0 0 37 1,761 493 -2
New Hampshire 0 6 0 0 2 8 68,378 -38
New Jersey 2,456 384 0 0 438 3,278 1,010 -6
New Mexico 604 247 0 0 60 911 857 36
New York 0 0 896 2,704 995 4,595 1,671 -12
North Carolina 497 153 0 0 2,545 3,195 1,102 33
North Dakota 0 0 0 0 10 10 28,967 -71
Ohio 0 2,841 0 0 7,032 9,873 484 19
Oklahoma 356 297 0 0 993 1,646 908 -4
Oregon 158 273 0 0 306 737 1,975 5
Pennsylvania 876 1,393 0 0 2,113 4,382 1,198 5
Rhode Island 1 3 0 0 0 4 109,959 33
South Carolina 103 211 106 0 548 968 1,811 18
South Dakota 0 12 0 0 9 21 15,391 -32
Tennessee 9 1,514 0 0 3,126 4,649 527 27
Texas 109 11,023 0 0 2,484 13,616 591 -7
Utah 858 113 0 0 215 1,186 648 27
Vermont 0 1 0 0 1 2 147,191 -86
Virginia 0 226 0 0 59 285 10,127 -41
Washington 10 1,493 0 0 505 2,008 1,191 30
West Virginia 0 43 0 0 17 60 14,077 -36
Wisconsin 613 103 0 0 344 1,060 2,172 166
Wyoming 0 1 0 0 16 17 13,168 31

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Atomic Public Relations
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michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

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