Foreclosure Activity Slows For Third Straight Month

October Foreclosure Activity Down 3 Percent From Previous Month,
Up 19 Percent From October 2008

IRVINE, Calif. – November 12, 2009 – RealtyTrac® (realtytrac.com), the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its October 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled foreclosure auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 332,292 U.S. properties during the month, a decrease of 3 percent from the previous month but still up nearly 19 percent from October 2008. The report also shows one in every 385 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing in October.

“Three consecutive monthly declines is unprecedented for our report, and on first blush an indication that the foreclosure tide may be turning,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “However, the fundamental forces driving foreclosure activity in this housing downturn — high-risk mortgages, negative equity, and unemployment — continue to loom over any nascent recovery. And despite all the efforts and resources directed at helping homeowners avoid foreclosure, we continue to see foreclosure activity levels that are substantially higher than a year ago in most states.”

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Nevada, California, Florida post top state foreclosure rates
Despite a 26 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous month, Nevada continued to document the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate — one in every 80 housing units received a foreclosure filing in October. A total of 13,842 Nevada properties received a foreclosure filing during the month, a 4 percent decrease from October 2008 and the first ever year-over-year decrease in Nevada since RealtyTrac began tabulating the year-over-year change in January 2006. Nevada default notices were down 10 percent from October 2008, and scheduled foreclosure auctions were down 6 percent from October 2008, while bank repossessions were up 8 percent from October 2008. A new foreclosure mediation program implemented by state law (AB 149) in July may be slowing the inflow of distressed properties into the foreclosure pipeline.

With one in every 156 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in October, California posted the nation’s second highest state foreclosure rate for the second month in a row. A total of 85,420 California properties received a foreclosure filing during the month, a decrease of 1 percent from the previous month but still nearly 50 percent above the total reported in October 2008. The state’s default notices and scheduled foreclosure auctions were up 120 percent and 73 percent respectively from October 2008, when California foreclosure activity was in the midst of a three-month trough after a law (SB 1137) requiring lenders to give distressed homeowners extra notification before initiating foreclosure took effect in September 2008.

Florida posted the third highest state foreclosure rate, with one in every 168 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in October. A total of 51,911 Florida properties received a foreclosure filing during the month, a nearly 6 percent decrease from the previous month and a decrease of 4 percent from October 2008. It was the first year-over-year decrease in overall Florida foreclosure activity since July 2006.

Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the nation’s 10 highest were Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Maryland and Utah.

Four states account for more than 50 percent of national total
Four states accounted for 52 percent of the nation’s total foreclosure activity in October: California, Florida, Illinois and Michigan.

Illinois posted the third highest state total after California and Florida, with 19,946 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in October — a 56 percent spike from the previous month and the highest monthly total for Illinois since RealtyTrac began issuing its report in January 2005. The state’s foreclosure rate jumped from No. 11 in September to No. 6 in October, and it was the only state with a foreclosure rate in the top 10 to post a monthly increase in foreclosure activity. A recent state law (SB 2513) that gives distressed homeowners an extra grace period to seek counseling to help avoid foreclosure may have created some pent-up foreclosure activity in the state. After the law went into effect in April, Illinois foreclosure activity decreased for three straight months before beginning to climb again.

Michigan registered the fourth highest state foreclosure activity total despite a nearly 2 percent decrease from the previous month. A total of 16,468 Michigan properties received a foreclosure filing in October, an increase of nearly 45 percent from October 2008.

Other states with totals among the 10 highest in the country were Nevada (13,842), Arizona (13,345), Georgia (12,468), Texas (11,798), Ohio (11,646) and New Jersey (7,435).

Three states account for all top 10 metro foreclosure rates
Despite a 27 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous month, Las Vegas continued to document the nation’s highest foreclosure rate among metropolitan areas with a population of at least 200,000. One in every 68 Las Vegas housing units received a foreclosure filing in October — more than five times the national average.

Seven of the top 10 metro foreclosure rates were in California, led by Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 2 and Modesto at No. 3, both with one in every 81 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing. Other California cities in the top 10 were Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario at No. 4 (one in 83), Bakersfield at No. 6 (one in 97), Merced at No. 7 (one in 100), Stockton at No 8 (one in 116), and Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville at No. 10 (one in 130).

Metro areas in Florida accounted for the remaining two spots in the top 10: Cape Coral-Fort Myers at No. 5 (one in 92) and Orlando-Kissimmee at No. 9 (one in 117).

Report methodology
The RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing entered into the RealtyTrac database during the month — broken out by type of filing by state, county and metropolitan statistical area. Some foreclosure filings entered into the database during the month may have been recorded in previous months. Data is collected from more than 2,200 counties nationwide, and those counties account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. RealtyTrac’s report incorporates documents filed in all three phases of foreclosure: DefaultNotice 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 received for a property during the month, 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.

U.S. Foreclosure Market Data by State – October 2009

  Properties with Foreclosure Filings   
Rate RankState NameNOD LISNTSNFSREOTotal1/every X HU (rate) %Change from Sep 09 %Change from Oct 08

U.S.

51,373

72,916

94,850

36,076

77,077

332,292

385

-3.30

18.86

31

Alabama

0

0

1,740

0

707

2,447

873

1.45

192.70*

33

Alaska

2

0

231

0

71

304

928

35.11

17.83

4

Arizona

7

0

10,314

0

3,024

13,345

200

-10.60

-23.77

24

Arkansas

125

0

1,168

0

599

1,892

680

12.22

-0.16

2

California

35,672

0

34,728

0

15,020

85,420

156

-1.06

49.98

11

Colorado

10

0

3,776

0

1,261

5,047

421

-18.75

-6.08

20

Connecticut

0

1,672

0

130

504

2,306

624

8.06

-25.90

32

Delaware

0

0

0

329

110

439

885

106.10

112.08

 

District of Columbia

113

0

99

0

46

258

1,102

-38.57

13.66

3

Florida

0

31,380

0

13,639

6,892

51,911

168

-5.68

-4.44

8

Georgia

0

0

8,034

0

4,434

12,468

318

-16.72

25.94

17

Hawaii

149

0

557

0

219

925

548

-4.54

134.18

5

Idaho

1,179

0

1,122

0

170

2,471

255

-2.29

110.66*

6

Illinois

0

12,659

0

3,081

4,206

19,946

263

56.18

57.29

21

Indiana

0

1,195

0

1,222

1,969

4,386

633

-1.50

-18.84

43

Iowa

0

0

156

0

267

423

3,143

-45.35

-15.40

37

Kansas

0

201

0

376

352

929

1,313

-26.97

41.62

39

Kentucky

0

434

0

382

348

1,164

1,638

-9.84

120.45

38

Louisiana

0

112

0

814

348

1,274

1,459

-22.74

98.44*

41

Maine

0

76

0

216

71

363

1,919

-11.03

3.71

9

Maryland

0

2,831

0

3,044

786

6,661

348

-1.33

124.05

15

Massachusetts

0

2,508

0

2,017

886

5,411

503

17.20

49.06

7

Michigan

6,263

0

5,674

0

4,531

16,468

275

-1.78

44.54**

27

Minnesota

8

0

1,499

0

1,476

2,983

773

-14.70

12.14

42

Mississippi

0

0

347

0

192

539

2,328

-61.96

173.60*

30

Missouri

1

0

2,085

0

1,132

3,218

823

2.03

-12.36†

46

Montana

0

0

0

0

106

106

4,109

-2.75

165.00

48

Nebraska

58

0

6

0

59

123

6,348

-65.35

146.00

1

Nevada

6,058

0

3,959

0

3,825

13,842

80

-26.24

-4.43

22

New Hampshire

0

0

539

0

358

897

662

14.85

29.81

13

New Jersey

0

4,948

0

1,413

1,074

7,435

471

38.53

-12.25

25

New Mexico

0

846

0

283

115

1,244

693

55.89

371.21*

40

New York

0

3,601

0

703

493

4,797

1,655

-15.74

27.55

36

North Carolina

624

0

1,133

0

1,690

3,447

1,197

-7.71

7.25

47

North Dakota

0

0

0

16

43

59

5,264

73.53

40.48

12

Ohio

0

4,628

0

3,503

3,515

11,646

435

6.52

-3.82

35

Oklahoma

0

520

0

571

461

1,552

1,046

-48.49

89.96*

16

Oregon

46

0

2,046

0

1,068

3,160

509

-9.25

11.23

34

Pennsylvania

0

1,798

0

2,532

1,215

5,545

988

0.93

38.45

14

Rhode Island

0

0

704

0

199

903

499

-7.95

55.15

26

South Carolina

0

1,484

0

601

804

2,889

700

-10.58

42.25

44

South Dakota

0

40

0

46

19

105

3,402

-17.32

208.82

23

Tennessee

0

0

1,906

0

2,124

4,030

676

14.13

-0.20

28

Texas

10

0

7,236

0

4,552

11,798

800

-10.73

19.17

10

Utah

1,027

0

615

0

761

2,403

385

-34.74

32.62

50

Vermont

0

0

0

0

15

15

20,762

-53.13

15.38

19

Virginia

21

0

3,618

0

1,845

5,484

597

-4.71

-16.34†

29

Washington

0

0

1,491

0

1,846

3,337

822

9.20

-22.00

49

West Virginia

0

0

47

0

53

100

8,827

-68.94

12.36

18

Wisconsin

0

1,983

0

1,158

1,170

4,311

594

3.78

128.22

45

Wyoming

0

0

20

0

46

66

3,672

-32.65

-35.29

*Actual increase may not be as high due to data collection changes or improvements
**Collection of records classified as NOD began in August 2009 because of change in state law
Collection of some records previously classified as NOD in this state was discontinued starting in January 2009

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