MAINE FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY UP 14 PERCENT IN JANUARY

Filings Statewide Increase 49 Percent From January 2008

 

IRVINE, Calif. – Feb. 27, 2009 – Foreclosure filings were reported on 308 Maine properties in January, up 14 percent from the previous month and 49 percent above the level reported for January 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.

 

“Maine’s foreclosure activity rose in January and remains significantly higher than was reported at the same time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Unemployment within the state is also high, with most job losses reported in the retail and manufacturing sectors.”

 

Maine ranked 39th in the country in total properties with foreclosure filings for January. One in every 2,262 Maine housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month, ranking its foreclosure rate 37th among the 50 states.

 

York County tops in foreclosure activity for January

York County led the state, reporting 86 properties with foreclosure filings for the month. Penobscot County was second highest, reporting 65 properties with foreclosure filings. Kennebec County came in third, reporting 46 properties with foreclosure filings. Cumberland County took fourth place, documenting 32 properties with foreclosure filings. Androscoggin County reported 17 properties with foreclosure filings, the fifth highest activity level in the state for the month.

 

Penobscot County posts state’s highest foreclosure rate for January

With one in every 1,088 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing — 2.1 times the state average — Penobscot County reported the highest foreclosure rate in the state for January. York County posted the state’s second highest rate, with one in every 1,210 housing units received a foreclosure filing — 1.9 times the state average. Third highest rate was documented in Kennebec County, where one in every 1,302 housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month — 1.7 times the state average.

 

State a minor contributor to nation’s foreclosure total in January

Maine accounted for less than 1 percent of the 274,399 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in January. The national total represented a decrease of more than 9 percent from the previous month but was still nearly 18 percent ahead of the total reported for January 2008. One in every 466 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.

 

              Maine Foreclosure Market Data by County – January 2009

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HU (rate)

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

46,681

52,435

80,986

27,520

66,777

274,399

466

n/a

n/a

Maine

101

0

173

0

34

308

2,262

0.21

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Androscoggin

0

0

16

0

1

17

2,838

0.16

0.80

Aroostook

0

0

10

0

2

12

3,282

0.14

0.69

Cumberland

0

0

31

0

1

32

4,153

0.11

0.54

Franklin

0

0

0

0

1

1

20,303

0.02

0.11

Hancock

0

0

2

0

0

2

18,426

0.03

0.12

Kennebec

21

0

22

0

3

46

1,302

0.36

1.74

Knox

0

0

1

0

0

1

23,332

0.02

0.10

Lincoln

0

0

2

0

0

2

11,265

0.04

0.20

Oxford

0

0

16

0

0

16

2,158

0.22

1.05

Penobscot

34

0

21

0

10

65

1,088

0.43

2.08

Piscataquis

0

0

2

0

1

3

4,738

0.10

0.48

Sagadahoc

0

0

4

0

1

5

3,552

0.13

0.64

Somerset

1

0

13

0

0

14

2,060

0.23

1.10

Waldo

0

0

1

0

1

2

10,148

0.05

0.22

Washington

0

0

1

0

3

4

5,710

0.08

0.40

York

45

0

31

0

10

86

1,210

0.39

1.87

 

About RealtyTrac Inc.

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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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