LOS ANGELES FORECLOSURES UP ANOTHER 13 PERCENT

LOS ANGELES FORECLOSURES INCREASE 13 PERCENT ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ JANUARY U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT

Orange and Riverside Counties Also Report Rising Foreclosures. California Foreclosures Increase 22 Percent

Irvine, Calif. – Feb. 21, 2006 – Los Angeles foreclosures increased 13 percent in January, the third straight month the city’s foreclosures have moved higher, according to the RealtyTrac™ January 2006 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report. The city’s January foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure for every 1,235 households was higher than any of its monthly foreclosure rates in 2005.

RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with more than 600,000 properties from more than 2,500 counties across the country, and is the foreclosure data provider to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate and AOL Real Estate.

“Foreclosure rates in the Los Angeles region remain lower than most other major metropolitan areas, but the consistent uptick in foreclosures over the past three months shows there may be some areas of weakness in the still-solid Southern California real estate market,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac.

Despite rising foreclosures, the Los Angeles region maintained the second lowest foreclosure rate among the nation’s five largest metropolitan areas. The four-county Los Angeles metropolitan area documented a total of 5,001 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in January, a foreclosure rate of one foreclosure for every 1,085 households and lower than foreclosure rates in the Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan areas. Only the New York metropolitan area documented a lower foreclosure rate than Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County reported 2,648 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in January, up from 2,350 in December. Pre-foreclosure and foreclosure filings in the county have increased 120 percent since October, when 1,201 properties entered some stage of foreclosure. The county’s foreclosure rate stayed slightly above the state average but dropped below the national average thanks to bigger increases nationwide.

Orange County’s foreclosure rate stayed below state and national averages even though foreclosures there increased for the third consecutive month. The county reported 596 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in January, a 30 percent increase and a foreclosure rate of one foreclosure for every 1,626 households.

San Bernardino and Riverside counties both maintained January foreclosure rates above state and national averages. San Bernardino County reported 863 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, an 11 percent increase and one foreclosure for every 696 households. Riverside County reported 894 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, an 8.5 percent decrease and one foreclosure for every 653 households.

With 9,354 properties entering some stage of foreclosure in January, California experienced a 22 percent increase in new foreclosures, but the state’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure for every 1,306 households remained below the national foreclosure rate of one foreclosure for every 1,117 households. Nationwide, a total of 103,540 properties entered some stage of foreclosure in January, a 27 percent increase from the previous month and a 45 percent year-over-year increase.

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 foreclosed on and re-purchased by a bank).

Below are foreclosure market statistics nationwide and by state:

State Name NODs NTSs NFSs LISs REOs Total

1 in every #households

%Change prev. month
US 1/2006 20,822 36,849 3,358 10,212 32,299 103,540 1117 27
Alabama 6 61 0 0 35 102 19,249 28
Alaska 12 63 0 0 22 97 2,115 -2
Arizona 83 1,816 0 0 121 2,020 1,084 -14
Arkansas 28 864 0 0 441 1,333 880 39
California 7,121 1,907 0 0 326 9,354 1,306 22
Colorado 1,561 156 0 0 2,030 3,747 488 196
Connecticut 35 11 0 0 49 95 14,585 -91
Delaware 20 4 0 0 12 36 9,530 140
District of Columbia 1 1 0 0 5 7 39,264 -42
Florida 152 0 1,414 7,957 811 10,334 707 28
Georgia 27 4,617 0 0 2,698 7,342 422 144
Hawaii 12 22 0 0 0 34 13,545 -45
Idaho 54 102 0 0 111 267 1,969 23
Illinois 2,548 111 0 0 1,871 4,530 1,080 8
Indiana 1,056 764 0 0 2,599 4,419 571 30
Iowa 96 12 0 0 274 382 3,227 15
Kansas 26 25 0 0 191 242 4,661 -15
Kentucky 349 39 0 0 223 611 2,865 65
Louisiana 69 10 0 0 44 123 15,310 21
Maine 12 2 0 0 8 22 29,631 267
Maryland 12 545 0 0 26 583 3,675 57
Massachusetts 30 20 0 0 8 58 45,207 -88
Michigan 79 834 0 0 3,759 4,672 904 5
Minnesota 11 47 0 0 141 199 10,392 -15
Mississippi 12 39 0 0 17 68 18,659 -7
Missouri 20 202 0 0 1,030 1,252 1,947 25
Montana 7 65 0 0 13 85 4,848 12
Nebraska 143 19 0 0 203 365 1,969 61
Nevada 790 923 0 0 82 1,795 483 60
New Hampshire 2 6 0 0 5 13 42,079 86
New Jersey 2,356 853 0 0 265 3,474 953 30
New Mexico 404 196 0 0 70 670 1,165 -1
New York 190 0 1,944 2,255 816 5,205 1,475 16
North Carolina 327 117 0 0 1,952 2,396 1,469 60
North Dakota 5 1 0 0 28 34 8,520 467
Ohio 567 3,291 0 0 4,410 8,268 578 22
Oklahoma 456 702 0 0 557 1,715 871 5
Oregon 193 312 0 0 200 705 2,065 38
Pennsylvania 949 2,177 0 0 1,064 4,190 1,253 27
Rhode Island 0 2 0 0 1 3 146,612 50
South Carolina 151 73 0 1 593 817 2,145 47
South Dakota 3 14 0 0 14 31 10,426 182
Tennessee 14 1,940 0 0 1,715 3,669 668 85
Texas 104 11,949 0 0 2,616 14,669 549 15
Utah 567 567 0 0 208 936 821 7
Vermont 7 1 0 0 6 14 21,027 133
Virginia 3 369 0 0 113 485 5,951 31
Washington 42 1,169 0 0 336 1,547 1,546 38
West Virginia 0 79 0 0 15 94 8,985 -20
Wisconsin 108 154 0 0 136 398 5,786 -5
Wyoming 0 2 0 0 11 13 17,220 -13

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Media Contact:
Michelle Sabolich
Atomic Public Relations
415-402-0230
michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

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