MAINE FORECLOSURES REMAIN UNCHANGED IN FEBRUARY

ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT

 

Activity Also Unchanged From a Year Ago

 

IRVINE, Calif. – March 26, 2007 – Maine reported nine foreclosure filings in February, the same number reported in January and in February 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 850,000 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.

 

Maine foreclosures have remained low both in February and from this time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Statistics show that wages throughout the state have increased at a higher rate than the national average. This is likely helping to keep the state’s foreclosure rate one of the nation’s lowest.”

 

Maine ranked the second lowest state in total foreclosures for February. The state’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 72,432 households ranks it the second lowest state again.

 

Four counties account for state total

Four counties accounted for all foreclosures for Maine in February. York County reported the highest county total with five foreclosure filings for the month. Cumberland County came in second, reporting two foreclosure filings, followed by Androscoggin County and Penobscot County — each reporting one foreclosure filing.

 

York County reports highest foreclosure rate in state

York County tallied the state’s highest foreclosure rate for February, reporting one foreclosure filing for every 18,847 households — 3.8 times the state average. Androscoggin County reported the state’s second highest rate, with one foreclosure filing for every 45,960 households — 1.6 times the state average. Cumberland County reported the third highest rate, with one foreclosure filing for every 61,300 households — 1.2 times the state average.

 

State contributes less than 1 percent to national total

Total foreclosure filings in Maine accounted for less than 1 percent of the 130,786 filings nationwide in February. The national total was down 4 percent from the previous month, but still up 12 percent from February 2006. The nation’s foreclosure rate increased slightly to one foreclosure filing for every 884 households during the month.

 

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides the total number of homes in some stage of foreclosure nationwide, by state and by county. 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.

 

 

                               Maine Foreclosure Market by County – February 2007

 

County

NOD

NTS

NFS

LIS

REO

Total

1 in every # households

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

29,662

47,127

9,404

22,479

22,114

130,786

884

n/a

n/a

Maine

4

5

0

0

0

9

72,432

0.01

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Androscoggin

1

0

0

0

0

1

45,960

0.01

1.57

Aroostook

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Cumberland

1

1

0

0

0

2

61,300

0.01

1.18

Franklin

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

Kennebec

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Knox

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Lincoln

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Oxford

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Penobscot

0

1

0

0

0

1

66,847

0.01

1.08

Piscataquis

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Sagadahoc

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Somerset

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Waldo

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Washington

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

York

2

3

0

0

0

5

18,847

0.04

3.84

 

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 construction properties, 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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415-402-0230

michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

 

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