DALLAS-FORT WORTH FORECLOSURES RETURN TO HIGHER LEVELS

DALLAS-FORT WORTH FORECLOSURES RETURN TO HIGHER LEVELS ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ OCTOBER U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT
Spiking October Foreclosures Offset Low September Numbers; Metro Area Posts Highest Foreclosure Rates of Top Five Metros For Fifth Straight Month.

Irvine, Calif. – Novemeber 28, 2005 – The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area reported 6,387 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in October, more than triple the lower-than-normal numbers reported in September and the most new foreclosures reported in any month so far this year, according to the RealtyTrac™ U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

RealtyTrac 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.

Dallas and Tarrant counties together reported a foreclosure rate of one foreclosure for every 222 households, more than six times the national average and higher than the foreclosure rates in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. October was the fifth consecutive month that the metro area’s foreclosure rate ranked highest among the nation’s five largest metropolitan areas.

“Part of the increase can be attributed to a statistical anomaly that we anticipated when we saw a lower-than-expected number of Dallas foreclosures in September. A number of properties that actually entered the foreclosure process in September were recorded too late to be included in that month’s totals and showed up in October’s report,” said James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac chief executive officer. “Even allowing for that, new foreclosures in Dallas-Fort Worth have moved significantly higher over the past couple months.”

Although both Dallas and Tarrant counties reported rising foreclosures in October, Dallas County experienced the more dramatic increase. The county reported a total of 3,785 new foreclosures in October, a rate of one foreclosure for every 226 households. Tarrant County reported a slightly higher foreclosure rate — one foreclosure for every 217 households — and a total of 2,602 new foreclosures.

Foreclosures also rose dramatically in Collin and Denton counties, both of which reported more than 800 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in October. Collin County recorded one foreclosure for every 232 households, more than six times the national average. Denton County’s foreclosure rate was more than seven times the national average, with one foreclosure for every 201 households.

Due in part to the influx of foreclosures in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Texas foreclosures increased 68 percent in October, with 16,386 properties entering some stage of foreclosure. With one foreclosure for every 492 households, the state registered a foreclosure rate 2.9 times the national average. Seven Texas counties — including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton — ranked among the 10 U.S. counties with the highest foreclosure rates in October.

Texas foreclosures accounted for one in every five in the U.S in October. Nationwide, a total of 81,382 properties entered some stage of foreclosure — nearly a 19 percent increase from the previous month and the most foreclosures reported in any month year-to-date.

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 %change
US 10/2005 21,824 31,832 1,947 8,526 17,253 81,382 18.55
Alabama 6 41 0 0 111 158 -11.73
Alaska 1 77 0 0 13 91 8.33
Arizona 106 1,713 0 0 116 1,935 -6.88
Arkansas 23 506 0 0 86 615 -34.99
California 3,854 663 0 0 162 4,679 -6.31
Colorado 1,728 144 0 0 696 2,568 -28.71
Connecticut 2,170 14 0 0 3 2,187 7,710.71
Delaware 2 2 0 0 2 6 -40.00
District of Columbia 0 1 0 0 7 8 -33.33
Florida 0 0 842 6,443 344 7,629 -16.92
Georgia 7 2,554 0 0 897 3,458 -11.85
Hawaii 24 16 0 0 3 43 -56.12
Idaho 56 102 0 0 19 177 3.51
Illinois 1,922 99 0 0 1,149 3,170 -20.29
Indiana 835 609 0 0 673 2,117 -13.87
Iowa 12 20 0 0 108 140 1.45
Kansas 12 6 0 0 81 99 -1.00
Kentucky 104 21 0 0 25 150 -10.71
Louisiana 15 46 0 0 189 250 25.00
Maine 2 1 0 0 0 3 -57.14
Maryland 4 296 0 0 138 438 -12.75
Massachusetts 53 790 0 0 7 850 4,373.68
Michigan 41 1,974 0 0 2,354 4,369 66.63
Minnesota 45 26 0 0 175 246 64.00
Mississippi 2 50 0 0 115 167 81.52
Missouri 23 72 0 0 871 966 2.66
Montana 1 75 0 0 28 104 -7.96
Nebraska 149 6 0 0 47 202 -42.29
Nevada 43 271 0 0 25 339 -40.42
New Hampshire 0 4 0 0 5 9 350.00
New Jersey 7,375 309 0 0 151 7,835 218.37
New Mexico 962 301 0 0 35 1,298 332.67
New York 1 0 1,105 2,083 357 3,546 42.24
North Carolina 28 184 0 0 948 1,160 27.61
North Dakota 0 1 0 0 3 4 -42.86
Ohio 160 2,145 0 0 2,395 4,700 -18.95
Oklahoma 265 393 0 0 247 905 -7.93
Oregon 159 235 0 0 59 453 -20.53
Pennsylvania 525 1,406 0 0 715 2,646 11.22
Rhode Island 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.00
South Carolina 32 74 0 0 407 513 51.33
South Dakota 0 0 0 0 3 3 -82.35
Tennessee 8 828 0 0 1,101 1,846 -14.26
Texas 88 14,367 0 0 1,931 16,386 68.30
Utah 654 33 0 0 258 945 2.72
Vermont 2 1 0 0 4 7 250.00
Virginia 3 214 0 0 93 310 37.78
Washington 24 892 0 0 85 1,001 1.62
West Virginia 0 71 0 0 0 71 -30.39
Wisconsin 298 172 0 0 60 530 3.92
Wyoming 0 2 0 0 14 16 -27.27

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Atomic Public Relations
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michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

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