LOS ANGELES FORECLOSURES DECREASE BY 7 PERCENT

LOS ANGELES FORECLOSURES DECREASE BY 7 PERCENT ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ OCTOBER U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT
California Foreclosures Down 6.3 Percent, Bucking National Trend.Orange, Riverside County Foreclosures Drop by 20 Percent.

Irvine, Calif. – Novemeber 28, 2005 – Los Angeles foreclosures decreased 7 percent in October after two consecutive months of increases, and the city’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure for every 2,723 households was half the national average, according to the RealtyTrac™ Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

RealtyTrac publishes the largest national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with more than 550,000 properties in nearly 2,000 counties across the country, and is the foreclosure data provider to MSN House & Home, Yahoo! Real Estate, AOL Real Estate and HomeGain.com.

Los Angeles’ foreclosure rates maintained their position as the lowest among the nation’s five largest metropolitan areas for the seventh consecutive month. New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas foreclosure rates were all higher than those of Los Angeles.

“Although there are a large number of properties in the state and the region in the early stages of default, Southern California foreclosure rates continue to be among the lowest in the country,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “It’s significant that both the state and the region had significant decrease in foreclosures while the country as a whole had the one of the highest single month increases of the year.”

Los Angeles County recorded 1,201 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in October, 91 fewer than the previous month. The county’s foreclosure rate was slightly below the California average of one foreclosure for every 2,610 households. Statewide, 4,679 properties entered some stage of foreclosure, a 6.3 percent decrease from the previous month.

Orange County foreclosures decreased 27 percent in October, rebounding from a 22 percent spike in September. With 188 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, the county documented a foreclosure rate of one foreclosure for every 5,157 households. That was half the state average and less than one-third of the national average.

Riverside County’s foreclosure rate dropped below the national average thanks to a 20 percent decrease in foreclosures in October. The county recorded 369 new foreclosures, a rate of one foreclosure for every 1,584 households.

Foreclosures decreased 5 percent in San Bernardino County, ending three consecutive months of increases. But with one foreclosure for every 1,351 households, the county’s foreclosure rate remained above national and state averages.

Nationwide, foreclosures increased 19 percent in October, with a total of 81,382 properties entering some stage of foreclosure. That was a foreclosure rate of one foreclosure for every 1,422 households and the highest number of foreclosures reported in any month year to date.

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a graphical map that illustrates foreclosure percentiles by state (appended to this press release or available by request), as well as the total number of homes in some stage of foreclosure nationwide and by state over the preceding month. Data is also available at the individual county level. RealtyTrac’s report includes properties in all three phases of foreclosure: Pre-foreclosures — Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Foreclosures — Notice of Trustee Sale and Notice of Foreclosure Sale (NTS and NFS); and Real Estate Owned, or REO properties (that have been repurchased by a bank).

Below are foreclosure market statistics nationwide and by state:

State Name NODs NTSs NFSs LISs REOs Total %change
US 10/2005 21,824 31,832 1,947 8,526 17,253 81,382 18.55
Alabama 6 41 0 0 111 158 -11.73
Alaska 1 77 0 0 13 91 8.33
Arizona 106 1,713 0 0 116 1,935 -6.88
Arkansas 23 506 0 0 86 615 -34.99
California 3,854 663 0 0 162 4,679 -6.31
Colorado 1,728 144 0 0 696 2,568 -28.71
Connecticut 2,170 14 0 0 3 2,187 7,710.71
Delaware 2 2 0 0 2 6 -40.00
District of Columbia 0 1 0 0 7 8 -33.33
Florida 0 0 842 6,443 344 7,629 -16.92
Georgia 7 2,554 0 0 897 3,458 -11.85
Hawaii 24 16 0 0 3 43 -56.12
Idaho 56 102 0 0 19 177 3.51
Illinois 1,922 99 0 0 1,149 3,170 -20.29
Indiana 835 609 0 0 673 2,117 -13.87
Iowa 12 20 0 0 108 140 1.45
Kansas 12 6 0 0 81 99 -1.00
Kentucky 104 21 0 0 25 150 -10.71
Louisiana 15 46 0 0 189 250 25.00
Maine 2 1 0 0 0 3 -57.14
Maryland 4 296 0 0 138 438 -12.75
Massachusetts 53 790 0 0 7 850 4,373.68
Michigan 41 1,974 0 0 2,354 4,369 66.63
Minnesota 45 26 0 0 175 246 64.00
Mississippi 2 50 0 0 115 167 81.52
Missouri 23 72 0 0 871 966 2.66
Montana 1 75 0 0 28 104 -7.96
Nebraska 149 6 0 0 47 202 -42.29
Nevada 43 271 0 0 25 339 -40.42
New Hampshire 0 4 0 0 5 9 350.00
New Jersey 7,375 309 0 0 151 7,835 218.37
New Mexico 962 301 0 0 35 1,298 332.67
New York 1 0 1,105 2,083 357 3,546 42.24
North Carolina 28 184 0 0 948 1,160 27.61
North Dakota 0 1 0 0 3 4 -42.86
Ohio 160 2,145 0 0 2,395 4,700 -18.95
Oklahoma 265 393 0 0 247 905 -7.93
Oregon 159 235 0 0 59 453 -20.53
Pennsylvania 525 1,406 0 0 715 2,646 11.22
Rhode Island 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.00
South Carolina 32 74 0 0 407 513 51.33
South Dakota 0 0 0 0 3 3 -82.35
Tennessee 8 828 0 0 1,101 1,846 -14.26
Texas 88 14,367 0 0 1,931 16,386 68.30
Utah 654 33 0 0 258 945 2.72
Vermont 2 1 0 0 4 7 250.00
Virginia 3 214 0 0 93 310 37.78
Washington 24 892 0 0 85 1,001 1.62
West Virginia 0 71 0 0 0 71 -30.39
Wisconsin 298 172 0 0 60 530 3.92
Wyoming 0 2 0 0 14 16 -27.27

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michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

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