CHICAGO FORECLOSURES INCH HIGHER

CHICAGO FORECLOSURES INCH HIGHER ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT
City’s Foreclosure Rate Jumps to Second-Highest Among Nation’s Five Largest Metro Areas; Illinois Foreclosures Increase 9.9 Percent.

Irvine, Calif. – August 25, 2005 – Chicago foreclosures crept 1.3 percent higher in July, but that slight increase was enough to move the city’s foreclosure rate to second highest among the nation’s top-five metropolitan areas, according to the RealtyTrac™ July 2005 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

RealtyTrac Inc. (www.realtytrac.com) publishes the largest national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with more than 550,000 properties in nearly 2,000 counties across the country, and is the foreclosure data provider to MSN House & Home, Yahoo! Real Estate, AOL Real Estate and HomeGain.com.

Cook County reported 1,890 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in July, an increase of only 25 properties from June. But foreclosures fell in the other major metropolitan areas, moving the city’s foreclosure rate from third highest to second highest behind Dallas-Fort Worth. Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia all had lower foreclosure rates.

“Although Chicago foreclosures increased slightly in July, they appear to be stabilizing after some wild swings in recent months,” said James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac chief executive officer.

Thanks to a 9.9 percent jump in foreclosures across Illinois, the state’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure for every 1,182 households climbed closer to Chicago’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure for every 1,109 households. The city and state both registered foreclosure rates more than 1.3 times the national average of one property in every 1,465. The national foreclosure rate increased by 4.7 percent in July, the second consecutive monthly increase.

Most of the collar counties around Chicago reported foreclosure rates below national and state averages. The foreclosure rates in Lake, Kane and McHenry counties all dropped below the state average thanks to declines in new foreclosures. Du Page County reported 139 new foreclosures in July — an 11.5 percent decrease — but the county’s foreclosure rate was lowest among the collar counties with one foreclosure for every 2,415 households.

Foreclosure rates in Kendall and Will counties stayed above state and national averages despite fewer properties entering foreclosure in July. With 200 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, Will County foreclosures fell 31.3 percent in July. But the county’s foreclosure rate was 1.7 times the national average with one foreclosure for every 878 households.

The number of properties entering some stage of foreclosure nationwide rose to 78,979 in July, a 4.7 percent increase from June and the most new foreclosures reported in any month year-to-date. New foreclosures have jumped more than 12 percent in the last two months, pushing the nation’s foreclosure rate to one foreclosure for every 1,465 households.

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 7/2005 11896 30929 3208 11797 21149 78979
Alabama 7/2005 1 585 0 0 120 706 48.04
Alaska 7/2005 1 144 0 0 12 157 74.51
Arizona 7/2005 19 1825 0 0 165 2009 80.39
Arkansas 7/2005 29 2205 0 0 155 2389 100.00
California 7/2005 3021 771 0 0 172 3964 41.18
Colorado 7/2005 1145 250 0 0 1067 2462 92.16
Connecticut 7/2005 520 42 0 0 1 563 53.92
Delaware 7/2005 10 16 0 0 6 32 15.69
District of Columbia 7/2005 0 6 0 0 17 23 13.73
Florida 7/2005 0 0 2150 9779 542 12471 96.08
Georgia 7/2005 6 2778 0 0 1323 4107 90.20
Hawaii 7/2005 338 404 0 0 21 763 94.12
Idaho 7/2005 50 128 0 0 68 246 62.75
Illinois 7/2005 2120 288 0 0 1730 4138 76.47
Indiana 7/2005 672 718 0 0 1036 2426 83.33
Iowa 7/2005 31 49 0 0 139 219 25.49
Kansas 7/2005 20 74 0 0 183 277 36.27
Kentucky 7/2005 290 124 0 0 305 719 53.92
Louisiana 7/2005 25 274 0 0 158 457 36.27
Maine 7/2005 1 20 0 0 2 23 7.84
Maryland 7/2005 11 360 0 0 137 508 32.35
Massachusetts 7/2005 29 349 0 0 14 392 21.57
Michigan 7/2005 73 615 0 0 2520 3208 72.55
Minnesota 7/2005 12 148 0 0 106 266 19.61
Mississippi 7/2005 1 222 0 0 84 307 32.35
Missouri 7/2005 29 202 0 0 964 1195 64.71
Montana 7/2005 0 79 0 0 9 88 29.41
Nebraska 7/2005 132 40 0 0 67 239 43.14
Nevada 7/2005 80 299 0 0 128 507 66.67
New Hampshire 7/2005 0 12 0 0 12 24 9.80
New Jersey 7/2005 1274 655 0 0 63 1992 68.63
New Mexico 7/2005 260 133 0 0 100 493 70.59
New York 7/2005 0 0 1058 2018 91 3167 53.92
North Carolina 7/2005 24 364 0 0 1060 1448 53.92
North Dakota 7/2005 0 0 0 0 7 7 4.90
Ohio 7/2005 196 2282 0 0 2114 4592 83.33
Oklahoma 7/2005 370 497 0 0 441 1308 78.43
Oregon 7/2005 90 301 0 0 123 514 45.10
Pennsylvania 7/2005 120 1397 0 0 654 2171 58.82
Rhode Island 7/2005 0 7 0 0 0 7 1.96
South Carolina 7/2005 41 179 0 0 415 635 48.04
South Dakota 7/2005 2 3 0 0 10 15 11.76
Tennessee 7/2005 4 3275 0 0 1202 4481 98.04
Texas 7/2005 18 7405 0 0 2677 10100 88.24
Utah 7/2005 526 60 0 0 369 955 86.27
Vermont 7/2005 2 4 0 0 0 6 4.90
Virginia 7/2005 0 255 0 0 79 334 17.65
Washington 7/2005 7 804 0 0 306 1117 60.78
West Virginia 7/2005 0 222 0 0 27 249 39.22
Wisconsin 7/2005 295 48 0 0 81 424 27.45
Wyoming 7/2005 0 3 0 0 32 35 23.53

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 MSN House & Home, Yahoo! Real Estate and HomeGain as well as the foreclosure data provider to AOL Real Estate. For more information, visit www.realtytrac.com.

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