FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY UP 5 PERCENT IN ATLANTA METRO

Foreclosure Filings Up 37 Percent From February 2008

 

IRVINE, Calif. – March 27, 2009 – Foreclosure filings were reported on 7,976 properties in the Atlanta metro area in February, up 5 percent from the previous month and 37 percent above the level reported for February 2008, according to the latest RealtyTrac® U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

 

RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of foreclosure and bank-owned properties, with over 1.5 million properties from over 2,200 counties across the country, and is the foreclosure data provider to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate and The Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate Journal.

 

“Foreclosure activity in the Atlanta metro area continued to climb in February and was markedly ahead of the same time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Contributing to this trend is unemployment, which increased more than 1 percent in January 2009 alone, plus declining home sales and prices.”

 

Comprised of 28 counties, the Atlanta metro area’s total properties with foreclosure filings was the seventh highest total among the 203 metro areas tracked in the RealtyTrac report. One in every 265 Atlanta metro housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month, ranking the metro area’s foreclosure rate 32nd highest among the 203 metro areas tracked each month by RealtyTrac.

 

With one in every 119 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during February — 3.3 times the state average and 3.7 times the national average — Newton County had the highest foreclosure rate in both the metro area and the state. Walton County registered the second highest county foreclosure rate, reporting one in every 133 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing — 2.9 times the state average and 3.3 times the national average. Third highest rate was in Henry County, where one in every 137 housing units received a foreclosure filing — 2.8 times the state average and 3.2 times the national average.

 

State ranked top 10 nationally in foreclosure activity for February

Georgia reported 10,185 properties with foreclosure filings in February, giving it the ninth highest state foreclosure total in the nation. This latest total represents a 3 percent increase from the previous month and is 33 percent ahead of the level reported in February 2008. One in every 389 Georgia housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month, the eighth highest state foreclosure rate in the nation.

 

State a contributor to nation’s foreclosure total in February

Georgia accounted for 4 percent of the 290,631 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in February. The national total represented an increase of 6 percent from the previous month and was nearly 30 percent ahead of the total reported for February 2008. One in every 440 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month.

 

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.

 

For current news and information regarding foreclosure-related issues and trends, check out our blog at www.ForeclosurePulse.com.

 

    Atlanta Metro Area Foreclosure Market Data by County – February 2009

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HH (rate)

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

54,064

55,509

78,234

28,729

74,095

290,631

440

n/a

n/a

Georgia

0

0

7,073

0

3,112

10,185

389

1.13

n/a

Atlanta MSA

0

0

5,457

0

2,519

7,976

265

1.66

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barrow

0

0

96

0

58

154

166

2.65

2.34

Bartow

0

0

62

0

26

88

420

1.05

0.93

Butts

0

0

34

0

9

43

215

2.05

1.81

Carroll

0

0

121

0

48

169

269

1.64

1.45

Cherokee

0

0

205

0

116

321

246

1.79

1.58

Clayton

0

0

409

0

241

650

163

2.70

2.39

Cobb

0

0

516

0

168

684

406

1.08

0.96

Coweta

0

0

83

0

38

121

380

1.16

1.02

Dawson

0

0

25

0

6

31

318

1.38

1.22

Dekalb

0

0

730

0

403

1,133

270

1.63

1.44

Douglas

0

0

161

0

77

238

204

2.16

1.91

Fayette

0

0

62

0

27

89

438

1.01

0.89

Forsyth

0

0

84

0

60

144

418

1.05

0.93

Fulton

0

0

1,052

0

312

1,364

316

1.39

1.23

Gwinnett

0

0

753

0

319

1,072

265

1.66

1.47

Haralson

0

0

22

0

8

30

401

1.10

0.97

Heard

0

0

2

0

0

2

2,432

0.18

0.16

Henry

0

0

328

0

191

519

137

3.20

2.83

Jasper

0

0

7

0

5

12

510

0.86

0.76

Lamar

0

0

3

0

3

6

1,208

0.36

0.32

Meriwether

0

0

5

0

3

8

1,296

0.34

0.30

Newton

0

0

235

0

76

311

119

3.70

3.27

Paulding

0

0

119

0

122

241

209

2.11

1.86

Pickens

0

0

14

0

3

17

812

0.54

0.48

Pike

0

0

5

0

5

10

673

0.65

0.58

Rockdale

0

0

135

0

57

192

162

2.71

2.40

Spalding

0

0

46

0

41

87

302

1.46

1.29

Walton

0

0

143

0

97

240

133

3.32

2.93

 

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