DALLAS-FORT WORTH FORECLOSURE RATE FOUR TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE

DALLAS-FORT WORTH FORECLOSURE RATE FOUR TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ JANUARY U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT

Foreclosures Spike Nearly 200 Percent After Two Months of Decreases. Texas Foreclosures Up 15 Percent

Irvine, Calif. – Feb. 21, 2006 – Dallas-Fort Worth reported more than 6,000 pre-foreclosure and foreclosure filings in January, a 193 percent increase that jumped the region’s foreclosure rate to more than four times the national average, according to the RealtyTrac™ January 2006 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

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

“While we’ve seen significant fluctuations in the Dallas-Fort Worth foreclosure rates from month-to-month, we haven’t seen a month with a spike like this one since we first started issuing our foreclosure report in January of 2005,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “While foreclosure rates increased both nationally and in Texas in January, this area seems to have been hit disproportionately hard.”

The 14-county Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area reported a total of 8,749 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in January, and two counties — Dallas and Tarrant — accounted for 6,320 of those new foreclosures. With one new foreclosure for every 235 households, the region’s foreclosure rate was higher than foreclosure rates in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.

“Previous reports only included Dallas and Tarrant counties,” noted Saccacio. “But we’ve added Collin, Denton, Ellis and Rockwell counties, along with a number of others, to our 2006 monthly reports to provide a more accurate assessment of the entire metropolitan area.”

Dallas County reported 4,149 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in January, more than three times the number reported the previous month, and Tarrant County reported 2,171 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in January, more than two times the number reported the previous month.

New foreclosures also increased in Collin and Denton counties. Collin County reported 842 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 91 percent increase and one new foreclosure for every 231 households. Denton County reported 881 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 184 percent increase and one new foreclosure for every 190 households.

Ellis and Rockwall counties documented the two highest January foreclosure rates in the metropolitan area, with one new foreclosure for every 147 households in Ellis County and one new foreclosure for every 140 households in Rockwall County. The foreclosure rates in both counties were more than 7.5 times the national average.

Texas reported 14,669 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in January, a 15 percent increase from the previous month and a 16 percent year-over-year increase. The state’s foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure for every 549 households was more than two times the national average of one new foreclosure for every 1,117 households. Nationwide, a total of 103,540 properties entered some stage of foreclosure in January, a 27 percent increase from the previous month and a 45 percent year-over-year increase.

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 foreclosed on and re-purchased 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 1/2006 20,822 36,849 3,358 10,212 32,299 103,540 1117 27
Alabama 6 61 0 0 35 102 19,249 28
Alaska 12 63 0 0 22 97 2,115 -2
Arizona 83 1,816 0 0 121 2,020 1,084 -14
Arkansas 28 864 0 0 441 1,333 880 39
California 7,121 1,907 0 0 326 9,354 1,306 22
Colorado 1,561 156 0 0 2,030 3,747 488 196
Connecticut 35 11 0 0 49 95 14,585 -91
Delaware 20 4 0 0 12 36 9,530 140
District of Columbia 1 1 0 0 5 7 39,264 -42
Florida 152 0 1,414 7,957 811 10,334 707 28
Georgia 27 4,617 0 0 2,698 7,342 422 144
Hawaii 12 22 0 0 0 34 13,545 -45
Idaho 54 102 0 0 111 267 1,969 23
Illinois 2,548 111 0 0 1,871 4,530 1,080 8
Indiana 1,056 764 0 0 2,599 4,419 571 30
Iowa 96 12 0 0 274 382 3,227 15
Kansas 26 25 0 0 191 242 4,661 -15
Kentucky 349 39 0 0 223 611 2,865 65
Louisiana 69 10 0 0 44 123 15,310 21
Maine 12 2 0 0 8 22 29,631 267
Maryland 12 545 0 0 26 583 3,675 57
Massachusetts 30 20 0 0 8 58 45,207 -88
Michigan 79 834 0 0 3,759 4,672 904 5
Minnesota 11 47 0 0 141 199 10,392 -15
Mississippi 12 39 0 0 17 68 18,659 -7
Missouri 20 202 0 0 1,030 1,252 1,947 25
Montana 7 65 0 0 13 85 4,848 12
Nebraska 143 19 0 0 203 365 1,969 61
Nevada 790 923 0 0 82 1,795 483 60
New Hampshire 2 6 0 0 5 13 42,079 86
New Jersey 2,356 853 0 0 265 3,474 953 30
New Mexico 404 196 0 0 70 670 1,165 -1
New York 190 0 1,944 2,255 816 5,205 1,475 16
North Carolina 327 117 0 0 1,952 2,396 1,469 60
North Dakota 5 1 0 0 28 34 8,520 467
Ohio 567 3,291 0 0 4,410 8,268 578 22
Oklahoma 456 702 0 0 557 1,715 871 5
Oregon 193 312 0 0 200 705 2,065 38
Pennsylvania 949 2,177 0 0 1,064 4,190 1,253 27
Rhode Island 0 2 0 0 1 3 146,612 50
South Carolina 151 73 0 1 593 817 2,145 47
South Dakota 3 14 0 0 14 31 10,426 182
Tennessee 14 1,940 0 0 1,715 3,669 668 85
Texas 104 11,949 0 0 2,616 14,669 549 15
Utah 567 567 0 0 208 936 821 7
Vermont 7 1 0 0 6 14 21,027 133
Virginia 3 369 0 0 113 485 5,951 31
Washington 42 1,169 0 0 336 1,547 1,546 38
West Virginia 0 79 0 0 15 94 8,985 -20
Wisconsin 108 154 0 0 136 398 5,786 -5
Wyoming 0 2 0 0 11 13 17,220 -13

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

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