MARYLAND FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY DOWN 30 PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER

Foreclosure Activity Decreases 20 Percent From September 2007

 

IRVINE, Calif. – Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 – Maryland reported 2,247 properties with foreclosure filings in September, a 30 percent decrease from the previous month and 20 percent below the level reported for September 2007, 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 Maryland was down both in September and from this time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Although the state’s unemployment rate was up one percent through the first three quarters of the year, it is still way below the national average. This is a major contributing factor to the overall decline in foreclosures we’re seeing in Maryland.”

Maryland ranked 21st in the country in total foreclosures for the month. With one in every 1,024 households receiving a foreclosure filing, its foreclosure rate ranked 25th among the 50 states.

 

Five counties dominate state’s foreclosure activity for September

Five Maryland counties accounted for 78 percent of all foreclosure activity in the state for September. Prince George’s County led the way, reporting 938 properties with foreclosure filings for the month. Baltimore City documented the state’s second highest total, reporting 251 properties with foreclosure filings. Third highest was Montgomery County, reporting 245 properties with foreclosure filings. Baltimore County came in fourth place, documenting 160 properties with foreclosure filings, followed by Anne Arundel County, tallying 159 properties with foreclosure filings.

 

Prince George’s County posts top foreclosure rate for September

With one in every 338 households receiving a foreclosure filing for the month — three times the state average and 1.4 times the national average — Prince George’s County posted the highest county foreclosure rate in the state for September. Frederick County posted the state’s second highest rate, with one in every 696 households receiving a foreclosure filing during the month — 1.5 times the state average. The third highest rate in the state was reported in Charles County, where one in every 704 households received a foreclosure filing — 1.5 times the state average.

 

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

Maryland accounted for 1 percent of the 265,968 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in September. The national total represents a decrease of more than 12 percent from the previous month but is still 21 percent ahead of the total reported for September 2007. The nation’s foreclosure rate decreased to one in every 475 U.S. households receiving 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.

 

            Maryland Foreclosure Market Data by County – September 2008

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HH (rate)

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

39,828

58,606

61,442

24,780

81,312

265,968

475

n/a

n/a

Maryland

0

1,642

9

259

337

2,247

1,024

0.46

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allegany

0

8

0

1

1

10

3,313

0.14

0.31

Anne Arundel

0

113

0

24

22

159

1,268

0.37

0.81

Baltimore

0

117

1

5

37

160

2,037

0.23

0.50

Baltimore City

0

165

3

16

67

251

1,179

0.40

0.87

Calvert

0

23

0

0

3

26

1,235

0.38

0.83

Caroline

0

5

0

0

1

6

2,230

0.21

0.46

Carroll

0

35

0

2

3

40

1,527

0.31

0.67

Cecil

0

8

0

0

0

8

4,968

0.10

0.21

Charles

0

60

0

10

3

73

704

0.67

1.45

Dorchester

0

3

0

0

1

4

4,033

0.12

0.25

Frederick

0

83

1

15

23

122

696

0.68

1.47

Garrett

0

3

0

0

0

3

6,190

0.08

0.17

Harford

0

42

0

1

1

44

2,151

0.22

0.48

Howard

0

47

0

17

7

71

1,448

0.33

0.71

Kent

0

5

0

0

1

6

1,737

0.27

0.59

Montgomery

0

137

0

54

54

245

1,468

0.32

0.70

Prince George‘s County

0

734

4

106

94

938

338

1.40

3.03

Queen Anne’s County

0

7

0

0

3

10

1,916

0.25

0.53

Saint Marys

0

2

0

2

0

4

10,035

0.05

0.10

Somerset

0

0

0

0

2

2

5,396

0.09

0.19

Talbot

0

1

0

0

0

1

19,247

0.02

0.05

Washington

0

39

0

3

12

54

1,106

0.43

0.93

Wicomico

0

4

0

3

2

9

4,377

0.11

0.23

Worcester

0

1

0

0

0

1

53,372

0.01

0.02

 

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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415-402-0230

michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

 

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