CHICAGO FORECLOSURES DOUBLE IN MAY

CHICAGO FORECLOSURES DOUBLE IN MAY ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT™
City Records Highest Foreclosure Rate Among Nation’s Top Five Metro Areas State Foreclosures Increase 37 Percent

Irvine, Calif. – June 22, 2005 – Chicago’s foreclosure rate jumped to the highest among the nation’s top five metropolitan areas thanks to a 100 percent increase in the number of new foreclosures recorded in the city, according to the RealtyTrac™ May 2005 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™. New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Dallas all had lower foreclosure rates.

RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com) publishes the largest national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with more than 550,000 properties in more than 1,900 counties across the country, and is the foreclosure data provider to MSN House & Home, Yahoo! Real Estate, AOL Real Estate and HomeGain.com.

The number of new foreclosures in the Chicago area doubled, with 2,329 recorded in Cook County. That was up from 1,162 new foreclosures recorded in April, when Chicago had the second-lowest foreclosure rate among the top metropolitan areas. The increase drove the city’s foreclosure rate up to twice the national average, with one property in foreclosure for every 900 households.

“Chicago’s foreclosure rate has swung to both sides of the pendulum over the last two months,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “We’ll watch carefully to see whether that continues or whether the rate settles into more of a consistent trend in future months.”

Chicago also contributed to a 37 percent jump in new foreclosures statewide. With 3,667 new foreclosures recorded, the state’s foreclosure rate was pushed above the national average in May.

Kane County also helped boost the state’s average with a foreclosure rate more than two times the national average. Accounting for 4.9 percent of the state’s foreclosures, the county recorded one foreclosure property for every 781 households — the highest rate among Chicago’s collar counties.

The other collar counties maintained foreclosure rates below that of Chicago, and all but McHenry County recorded foreclosure rates below the state average. For the second month in a row, Kendall County had the lowest foreclosure rate of the five collar counties with only one new property in foreclosure.

Nationwide, the number of new properties in foreclosure decreased 2.5 percent in May, with 62,432 compared to 64,057 in April. May’s foreclosure statistics closely mirrored those in March, reversing a slight increase in April and indicating continued stability in the national real estate market.

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a graphical map that illustrates foreclosure percentiles by state (appended to this press release or available by request), as well as 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 repurchased by a bank).

Below are foreclosure market statistics nationwide and by state:

State Name NODs NTSs NFSs LISs REOs Total %tile
US 5/2005 13496 19178 1641 10529 17588 62432
Alabama 5/2005 0 34 0 0 151 185 35.29
Alaska 5/2005 26 117 0 0 19 162 80.39
Arizona 5/2005 10 1846 0 0 189 2045 90.20
Arkansas 5/2005 29 860 0 0 55 944 83.33
California 5/2005 3074 522 0 0 105 3701 52.94
Colorado 5/2005 1549 111 0 0 853 2513 96.08
Connecticut 5/2005 895 7 0 0 0 902 72.55
Delaware 5/2005 7 2 0 0 10 19 17.65
District of Columbia 5/2005 0 2 0 0 17 19 25.49
Florida 5/2005 0 0 1188 7869 458 9515 94.12
Georgia 5/2005 6 2769 0 0 1517 4292 98.04
Hawaii 5/2005 34 30 0 0 2 66 42.16
Idaho 5/2005 57 133 0 0 33 223 61.76
Illinois 5/2005 2294 69 0 0 1304 3667 78.43
Indiana 5/2005 565 362 0 0 1110 2037 83.33
Iowa 5/2005 12 7 0 0 60 79 21.57
Kansas 5/2005 6 5 0 0 68 79 25.49
Kentucky 5/2005 340 12 0 0 107 459 47.06
Louisiana 5/2005 11 120 0 0 63 194 37.25
Maine 5/2005 4 3 0 0 1 8 4.90
Maryland 5/2005 10 13 0 0 134 157 29.41
Massachusetts 5/2005 21 354 0 0 2 377 42.16
Michigan 5/2005 9 134 0 0 2375 2518 68.63
Minnesota 5/2005 6 24 0 0 93 123 19.61
Mississippi 5/2005 7 39 0 0 44 90 25.49
Missouri 5/2005 31 27 0 0 855 913 54.90
Montana 5/2005 1 48 0 0 14 63 45.10
Nebraska 5/2005 32 12 0 0 18 62 32.35
Nevada 5/2005 79 339 0 0 115 553 70.59
New Hampshire 5/2005 0 1 0 0 5 6 4.90
New Jersey 5/2005 1954 773 0 0 105 2832 86.27
New Mexico 5/2005 1032 306 0 0 71 1409 100.00
New York 5/2005 0 0 453 2660 181 3294 61.76
North Carolina 5/2005 7 30 0 0 983 1020 49.02
North Dakota 5/2005 0 1 0 0 13 14 15.69
Ohio 5/2005 79 126 0 0 1930 2135 64.71
Oklahoma 5/2005 444 40 0 0 250 734 66.67
Oregon 5/2005 141 332 0 0 76 549 56.86
Pennsylvania 5/2005 45 1256 0 0 723 2024 58.82
Rhode Island 5/2005 1 2 0 0 0 3 1.96
South Carolina 5/2005 27 8 0 0 486 521 50.98
South Dakota 5/2005 0 0 0 0 5 5 8.82
Tennessee 5/2005 0 595 0 0 1135 1730 76.47
Texas 5/2005 10 6233 0 0 1255 7498 90.20
Utah 5/2005 443 7 0 0 268 718 90.20
Vermont 5/2005 3 2 0 0 0 5 8.82
Virginia 5/2005 0 10 0 0 49 59 12.75
Washington 5/2005 5 1436 0 0 165 1606 74.51
West Virginia 5/2005 0 5 0 0 13 18 12.75
Wisconsin 5/2005 189 11 0 0 72 272 39.22
Wyoming 5/2005 0 1 0 0 18 19 32.35

About RealtyTrac Inc.
Ranked as the fourth-largest real estate site by Nielsen Net Ratings, RealtyTrac Inc. (www.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 and For Sale By Owner properties, with more than 550,000 properties across the country, property reports, productivity tools and extensive professional resources. RealtyTrac hosts close to two million unique visitors monthly and is the exclusive foreclosure data supplier to AOL, MSN House & Home, Yahoo! Real Estate and HomeGain. For more information, visit www.realtytrac.com.

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Media Contact:
Michelle Sabolich
Atomic Public Relations
415-402-0230
michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

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