CHICAGO FORECLOSURES SECOND-HIGHEST AMONG TOP FIVE METRO AREAS

CHICAGO FORECLOSURES SECOND-HIGHEST AMONG TOP FIVE METRO AREAS ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ SEPTEMBER U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT
Chicago Foreclosure Rate Drops by 2.9 Percent; Illinois Foreclosures Down 6.5 Percent

Irvine, Calif. – October 25, 2005 – Chicago continued to post the second-highest foreclosure rate among the nation’s five largest metropolitan areas for the third month in a row despite a 2.9 percent decrease in the number of properties entering foreclosure, according to the RealtyTrac™ September 2005 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

RealtyTrac (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 2,086 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in September, a drop of 63 properties from August and a rate of one foreclosure for every 1,005 households. But the city’s foreclosure rate was still 1.7 times the national average. Of the top five metropolitan areas, only Dallas-Fort Worth had a higher foreclosure rate than Chicago. Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia all had lower foreclosure rates than Chicago.

“Chicago continued an interesting pattern of following a month of increased foreclosures with a drop-off,” said James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac chief executive officer. “While Chicago foreclosures were lower in September, the metro area’s numbers didn’t decrease as much as Illinois foreclosures or U.S. foreclosures.”

Illinois foreclosures dropped 6.5 percent, with a total of 3,977 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, and the state reported one foreclosure for every 1,230 households. Although the state’s foreclosure rate was lower than Chicago’s foreclosure rate, it was still 1.4 times the national average. A total of 68,646 properties nationwide entered some stage of foreclosure in September, a 9.2 percent slide from the previous month and one foreclosure for every 1,685 households.

Several of the collar counties around Chicago also documented fewer foreclosures. Will County reported 82 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in September, a 47 percent decline from August. With one foreclosure for every 2,141 households, the county’s foreclosure rate fell below national and state averages.

Foreclosure rates in Kendall and De Kalb counties also registered below state and national averages thanks to decreases in foreclosures. Kendall County reported just four properties entering foreclosure in September, the fewest of any of the collar counties. Foreclosures in De Kalb County dropped 32 percent in September, with a total of 15 properties entering foreclosure.

In contrast, Kane County reported 146 properties entering some stage of foreclosure — a 50 percent increase. One foreclosure was reported for every 952 households in the county, boosting the foreclosure rate above state and national averages.

Du Page, Lake and McHenry counties also reported more foreclosures in September. Du Page County’s foreclosure rate stayed below state and national averages despite a 20 percent jump in foreclosures. Lake and McHenry counties both documented foreclosure rates above state and national averages.

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 9/2005 14,396 24,634 1,525 9,612 18,479 68,646
Alabama 6 90 0 0 83 179 28.43
Alaska 4 65 0 0 15 84 64.71
Arizona 127 1,832 0 0 119 2,078 86.27
Arkansas 39 702 0 0 205 946 80.39
California 4,147 674 0 0 173 4,994 64.71
Colorado 2,281 152 0 0 1,169 3,602 100.00
Connecticut 12 14 0 0 2 28 11.76
Delaware 4 5 0 0 1 10 15.69
District of Columbia 1 5 0 0 6 12 17.65
Florida 0 0 1,059 7,791 333 9,183 96.08
Georgia 23 2,977 0 0 923 3,923 98.04
Hawaii 51 36 0 0 11 98 43.14
Idaho 60 98 0 0 13 171 53.92
Illinois 2,267 99 0 0 1,611 3,977 82.35
Indiana 496 1,206 0 0 756 2,458 88.24
Iowa 23 12 0 0 103 138 37.25
Kansas 19 10 0 0 71 100 28.43
Kentucky 91 30 0 0 47 168 31.37
Louisiana 17 28 0 0 155 200 35.29
Maine 4 3 0 0 0 7 9.80
Maryland 10 206 0 0 286 502 47.06
Massachusetts 9 7 0 0 3 19 5.88
Michigan 124 295 0 0 2,203 2,622 72.55
Minnesota 14 38 0 0 98 150 22.55
Mississippi 9 17 0 0 66 92 22.55
Missouri 35 46 0 0 860 941 57.84
Montana 4 101 0 0 8 113 50.98
Nebraska 223 25 0 0 102 350 70.59
Nevada 104 446 0 0 19 569 75.49
New Hampshire 0 0 0 0 2 2 5.88
New Jersey 1,674 664 0 0 123 2,461 78.43
New Mexico 230 18 0 0 52 300 57.84
New York 0 0 466 1,821 206 2,493 53.92
North Carolina 81 122 0 0 706 909 49.02
North Dakota 0 0 0 0 7 7 13.73
Ohio 151 2,579 0 0 3,069 5,799 93.14
Oklahoma 399 275 0 0 309 983 75.49
Oregon 230 269 0 0 71 570 60.78
Pennsylvania 282 1,526 0 0 571 2,379 68.63
Rhode Island 0 1 0 0 0 1 1.96
South Carolina 51 56 0 0 232 339 41.18
South Dakota 3 12 0 0 2 17 19.61
Tennessee 8 828 0 0 1,317 2,153 84.31
Texas 64 7,752 0 0 1,920 9,736 93.14
Utah 663 30 0 0 227 920 90.20
Vermont 1 0 0 0 1 2 5.88
Virginia 2 158 0 0 65 225 25.49
Washington 30 867 0 0 88 985 64.71
West Virginia 1 101 0 0 0 102 39.22
Wisconsin 320 152 0 0 38 510 45.10
Wyoming 1 3 0 0 18 22 33.33

About RealtyTrac Inc.
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Atomic Public Relations
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michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

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