DALLAS-FORT WORTH RETAINS TOP FORECLOSURE RATE AMONG MAJOR METROS

DALLAS-FORT WORTH RETAINS TOP FORECLOSURE RATE AMONG MAJOR METROS ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ JULY U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT
Metro Area Reports Fewer New Foreclosures, But Foreclosure Rates Remain Above National and State Averages; Texas Foreclosures Decline More Than 25 Percent.

Irvine, Calif. – August 25, 2005 – Despite a significant drop-off in new foreclosures, foreclosure rates in Dallas-Fort Worth remained the highest of the nation’s top-five metropolitan areas for the second straight month, according to the RealtyTrac™ July 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.

Dallas and Tarrant counties reported 2,392 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in July — a 38.2 percent decline. But the metro area’s foreclosure rates remained higher than foreclosure rates in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. All of those cities except Chicago reported fewer foreclosures in July even though foreclosures nationwide rose 4.7 percent.

“Foreclosures in Dallas-Fort Worth and the state of Texas have fluctuated up and down during the past three months, but the net result is that they appear to be trending downward,” said James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac chief executive officer. “That bucks the trend nationwide, where foreclosures have been increasing the last two months.”

Dallas County reported one new foreclosure for every 570 households thanks to a 31 percent decline in new foreclosures. The county’s foreclosure rate was still more than 2.5 times the national average of one new foreclosure per every 1,465 households and 1.4 times the state average.

New foreclosures dropped 47.4 percent in Tarrant County, which reported 893 properties entering some stage of foreclosure. The county’s foreclosure rate remained more than two times the national average with one foreclosure for every 634 households.

Texas foreclosures declined 25.8 percent in July, although the state recorded the second highest total number of foreclosures of any state with 10,100, which accounted for 12.8 percent of the nation’s total.

Foreclosures also declined sharply in counties near Dallas. After ranking among the 10 counties with the highest county foreclosure rates nationwide in June, Denton County reported 302 new foreclosures — a 52 percent decline. The county’s foreclosure rate was 2.6 times the national average with one foreclosure for every 557 households. Collin County recorded one new foreclosure for every 552 households in July. The number of new foreclosures dropped 39 percent.

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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