IOWA FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY DOWN 14 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY

Activity Increases 22 Percent From February 2008

 

IRVINE, Calif. – March 27, 2009 – Iowa reported 579 properties with foreclosure filings in February, a 14 percent decrease from the previous month, but 22 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 Iowa declined in February but was still up significantly from the same time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “One contributing factor to this is the state employment picture, which currently touts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.”

 

Iowa ranked 36th in the country in total foreclosures for the month. With one in every 2,296 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing, its foreclosure rate ranked 37th among the 50 states.

 

Four counties account for bulk of state foreclosure activity in February

Four Iowa counties accounted for 85 percent of all foreclosure activity in the state during February. Polk County led the way, reporting 353 properties with foreclosure filings for the month. Scott County was second highest, reporting 60 properties with foreclosure filings. Third highest was Linn County, reporting 48 properties with foreclosure filings. Pottawattamie County came in fourth place, documenting 31 properties with foreclosure filings.

 

Polk County posts state’s highest foreclosure rate for February

With one in every 518 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing — 4.4 times the state average — Polk County reported the highest county foreclosure rate in the state for February. Scott County came in second, with one in every 1,172 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing — twice the state average. Third highest rate was documented in Pottawattamie County, where one in every 1,276 housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month — 1.8 times the state average.

 

State a minor contributor to nation’s overall foreclosure total in February

Iowa accounted for less than 1 percent of the 290,631 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in February. The national total represented a 6 percent increase in activity from the previous month and was 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.

 

                 Iowa Foreclosure Market Data by County – February 2009

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HU (rate)

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

54,064

55,509

78,234

28,729

74,095

290,631

440

n/a

n/a

Iowa

0

0

215

0

364

579

2,296

0.19

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adair

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Adams

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Allamakee

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Appanoose

0

0

0

0

1

1

6,747

0.07

0.34

Audubon

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Benton

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Black Hawk

0

0

1

0

1

2

27,379

0.02

0.08

Boone

0

0

0

0

1

1

11,610

0.04

0.20

Bremer

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Buchanan

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Buena Vista

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Butler

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Calhoun

0

0

0

0

1

1

5,198

0.08

0.44

Carroll

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Cass

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Cedar

0

0

0

0

1

1

8,037

0.05

0.29

Cerro Gordo

0

0

0

0

5

5

4,383

0.10

0.52

Cherokee

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Chickasaw

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Clarke

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Clay

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Clayton

0

0

0

0

1

1

8,942

0.05

0.26

Clinton

0

0

14

0

1

15

1,488

0.30

1.54

Crawford

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Dallas

0

0

0

0

6

6

3,843

0.11

0.60

Davis

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Decatur

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Delaware

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Des Moines

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Dickinson

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Dubuque

0

0

0

0

1

1

38,820

0.01

0.06

Emmet

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Fayette

0

0

0

0

1

1

9,708

0.05

0.24

Floyd

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Franklin

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Fremont

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Greene

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Grundy

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Guthrie

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Hamilton

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Hardin

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Harrison

0

0

0

0

5

5

1,391

0.32

1.65

Henry

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Howard

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Humboldt

0

0

0

0

1

1

4,782

0.09

0.48

Ida

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Iowa

0

0

0

0

1

1

6,815

0.06

0.34

Jackson

0

0

0

0

1

1

9,376

0.05

0.24

Jasper

0

0

0

0

5

5

3,249

0.14

0.71

Jefferson

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Johnson

0

0

12

0

3

15

3,645

0.12

0.63

Jones

0

0

0

0

1

1

8,416

0.05

0.27

Keokuk

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Kossuth

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Lee

0

0

0

0

1

1

16,707

0.03

0.14

Linn

0

0

33

0

15

48

1,911

0.23

1.20

Louisa

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Lucas

0

0

0

0

1

1

4,275

0.10

0.54

Lyon

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Madison

0

0

0

0

1

1

6,502

0.07

0.35

Mahaska

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Marion

0

0

0

0

1

1

13,881

0.03

0.17

Marshall

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Mills

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Mitchell

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Monona

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Monroe

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Montgomery

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Muscatine

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Obrien

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Osceola

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Page

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Palo Alto

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Plymouth

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Pocahontas

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Polk

0

0

82

0

271

353

518

0.85

4.43

Pottawattamie

0

0

25

0

6

31

1,276

0.34

1.80

Poweshiek

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Ringgold

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Sac

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Scott

0

0

33

0

27

60

1,172

0.38

1.96

Shelby

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Sioux

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Story

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Tama

0

0

0

0

1

1

7,827

0.06

0.29

Taylor

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Union

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Van Buren

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Wapello

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Warren

0

0

2

0

1

3

5,768

0.08

0.40

Washington

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Wayne

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Webster

0

0

0

0

2

2

8,636

0.05

0.27

Winnebago

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Winneshiek

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Woodbury

0

0

13

0

0

13

3,235

0.14

0.71

Worth

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Wright

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

               

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