More Than 2,500 Properties Received Foreclosure Filings During The Year


IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 28, 2009 – Foreclosure filings were reported on 2,516 Delaware properties in 2008, an increase of 152 percent from 2007 and a 701 percent increase from 2006, according to the latest RealtyTrac® U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.


The First State reported 422 properties with foreclosure filings in December, up 79 percent from the previous month and 681 percent above the activity level reported in December 2007.


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“Foreclosure activity in Delaware more than doubled in 2008,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Although still below the national average, the state’s unemployment rate jumped 2 percent during the year, and its home values and home sales continued to decline. It will likely be some time before we see these trends begin to change.”


Delaware ranked 42nd in the country in total foreclosures for the year. With one in every 152 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing, its foreclosure rate ranked 33rd among the 50 states.


New Castle County responsible for bulk of state’s foreclosure activity for 2008

New Castle County accounted for 64 percent of the state’s foreclosure activity in 2008, reporting 1,607 properties with foreclosure filings. Sussex County came in second, reporting 465 properties with foreclosure filings. Kent County registered the third highest total, reporting 444 properties with foreclosure filings.


State’s top foreclosure rate for 2008 posted by New Castle County

With 0.76 percent of its housing units receiving at least one foreclosure filing during the year, New Castle County also posted the top foreclosure rate in the state for 2008. Kent County came in second, with 0.74 percent of its housing units receiving at least one foreclosure filing. Third highest was Sussex County, where 0.42 percent of the housing stock received at least one foreclosure filing in 2008.


State a minor contributor to nation’s foreclosure total for 2008

Delaware accounted for less than 1 percent of the 2,330,483 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in 2008. The national total represented an increase of more than 81 percent from the total reported for 2007. For the year 1.84 percent of all U.S. housing units received at least one foreclosure filing, up from 1.03 percent in 2007.


Report methodology

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing reported during the month — broken out by type of filing at the county, state and national level. RealtyTrac’s report incorporates documents filed in all three phases of foreclosure: Default Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Auction 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 repurchased by a bank). If more than one foreclosure document is filed against a property during the month — which is extremely rare — only the most recent filing is counted in the report. The report also checks if the same type of document was filed against a property in a previous month. If so, and if that previous filing occurred within the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the state the property is in, the report does not count the property in the current month.


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                  Delaware Foreclosure Market Data by County – Yearend 2008


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Founded in 1996, RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure, foreclosure, For Sale By Owner, resale and new homes, with more than 1.3 million properties across the country, property reports, productivity tools and extensive professional resources. RealtyTrac hosts nearly 3 million unique visitors monthly and has been chosen to supply foreclosure data to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate and the Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate Journal. For more information, visit (




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