HAWAII FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY UP 10 PERCENT IN MARCH

ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT

 

Activity Up 44 Percent From A Year Ago

 

IRVINE, Calif. – April 23, 2007 – Hawaii reported 65 foreclosure filings in March, a 10 percent increase from the previous month, and a 44 percent increase from March 2006, according to the latest RealtyTrac™ U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

 

RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with over 900,000 properties from nearly 2,500 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.

 

Hawaii has been reporting robust job growth, with the lowest unemployment rate seen in Honolulu,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Interestingly, Honolulu County has reported the most foreclosure activity within the state.”

 

Hawaii ranked 45th in the country in total foreclosures reported for March. The state’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 7,085 households ranked 43rd among the 50 states.

 

Honolulu County leads state in foreclosure activity

Honolulu County led the state in foreclosure activity, reporting 30 foreclosure filings for the month. Maui County had the second highest foreclosure total, reporting 22 foreclosure filings. Hawaii County came in third place, reporting 10 foreclosure filings.

 

Maui County leads state in foreclosure rate

Maui County posted the highest foreclosure rate in Hawaii for March, reporting one foreclosure filing for every 2,563 households — 2.8 times the state average. Hawaii County had the second highest foreclosure rate, reporting one foreclosure filing for every 6,267.

 

State has minimal impact on national total for March

Total foreclosure filings in Hawaii accounted for less than 1 percent of the 149,150 foreclosure filings nationwide in March. The national total was up almost 7 percent from the previous month, and surged 47 percent from March 2006. The nation’s foreclosure rate increased to one foreclosure filing for every 775 U.S. households during the month.

 

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides the total number of foreclosure filings — both nationwide and by state — over the preceding month. RealtyTrac’s report includes properties in all three phases of foreclosure: Defaults — Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Auctions — 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).

 

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

 

                          Hawaii Foreclosure Market by County – March 2007

 

County

NOD

NTS

NFS

LIS

REO

Total

1 in every # households

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

47,134

51,203

8,906

19,416

22,491

149,150

775

n/a

n/a

Hawaii

11

54

0

0

0

65

7,085

0.11

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaii

1

9

0

0

0

10

6,267

0.12

1.13

Honolulu

9

21

0

0

0

30

10,533

0.07

0.67

Kauai

0

3

0

0

0

3

8,444

0.09

0.84

Maui

1

21

0

0

0

22

2,563

0.30

2.76

 

About RealtyTrac Inc.

Ranked as the third largest real estate site by MediaMetrix, and No. 53 on Inc. magazine’s 2006 Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies, 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, 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 (www.realtytrac.com).

 

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Media Contact:

Michelle Sabolich

Atomic Public Relations

415-402-0230

michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

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