MARYLAND FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY UP 71 PERCENT IN 2008

More than 32,000 Properties Receive Foreclosure Filings During The Year

 

IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 28, 2009 – Foreclosure filings were reported on 32,338 Maryland properties in 2008, an increase of 71 percent from 2007 and a 945 percent increase from 2006, according to the latest RealtyTrac® U.S. Foreclosure Market Report. The report also shows that 1.41 percent of all Maryland housing units received at least one foreclosure filing during the year, up from 0.83 percent in 2007.

 

Maryland reported 4,439 properties with foreclosure filings in December, up 28 percent from the previous month and a 44 percent increase over December 2007.

 

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.

 

“Over the past two years there has been a substantial surge in foreclosure activity in Maryland,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “This despite the fact that the state’s unemployment rate is well below the national average. Still, unemployment was up more than 2 percent for 2008. Like in most parts of the country, home sales and prices were down compared to 2007. Until these economic indicators turn around, foreclosures will continue to plague the state’s homeowners.”

 

Five counties account for bulk of state’s foreclosure activity in 2008

Five Maryland counties accounted for 74 percent of all foreclosure activity in the state for 2008. Prince George’s County led the way, reporting 9,971 properties with foreclosure filings for the year. Montgomery County came in second highest, reporting 4,651 properties with foreclosure filings. Baltimore City County registered the third highest total, reporting 4,471 properties with foreclosure filings. Fourth highest was Baltimore County, reporting 2,804 properties with foreclosure filings. Anne Arundel County came in fifth, documenting 2,079 properties with foreclosure filings for the year.

 

Prince George’s County posts state’s top foreclosure rate for 2008

With 3.14 percent of its housing units receiving at least one foreclosure filing during the year, Prince George’s County posted the top foreclosure rate in the state for 2008. Charles County had the second highest rate, with 2.02 percent of its housing units receiving at least one foreclosure filing. Third highest was Frederick County, where 1.70 percent of the housing stock received at least one foreclosure filing in 2008.

 

State a minor contributor to nation’s foreclosure total for 2008

Maryland accounted for 1 percent of the 2,330,483 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in 2008. The national total represented an increase of more than 81 percent from the total reported for 2007. For the year 1.84 percent of all U.S. housing units received at least one foreclosure filing, up from 1.03 percent in 2007.

 

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.

 

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                  Maryland Foreclosure Market Data by County – Yearend 2008

 

Rate Rank

County

Total Properties With Foreclosure Filings

% Housing Units

(Foreclosure Rate)

% Change From 2007

 

 

 

 

 

n/a

United States

2,330,483

1.84

81.24

n/a

Maryland

32,338

1.41

71.29

 

 

 

 

 

22

Allegany

171

0.52

11.76

10

Anne Arundel

2,079

1.03

40.76

14

Baltimore

2,804

0.86

30.36

4

Baltimore City

4,471

1.51

59.51

5

Calvert

442

1.38

26.29

8

Caroline

166

1.24

53.70

17

Carroll

481

0.79

48.92

15

Cecil

335

0.84

34.00

2

Charles

1,036

2.02

28.86

19

Dorchester

123

0.76

48.19

3

Frederick

1,447

1.70

109.10

24

Garrett

72

0.39

132.26

11

Harford

905

0.96

34.27

16

Howard

866

0.84

83.09

9

Kent

125

1.20

197.62

7

Montgomery

4,651

1.29

99.44

1

Prince George‘s County

9,971

3.14

106.65

13

Queen Anne’s County

170

0.89

109.88

12

Saint Marys

361

0.90

59.73

21

Somerset

70

0.65

11.11

23

Talbot

92

0.48

33.33

6

Washington

811

1.36

60.28

18

Wicomico

304

0.77

28.27

20

Worcester

385

0.72

205.56

 

About RealtyTrac Inc.

Ranked as the third largest real estate site by MediaMetrix, and No. 53 on Inc. magazine’s 2006 Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies, RealtyTrac Inc. (www.realtytrac.com), is the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, providing all the resources that home seekers, investors and real estate agents need to locate, evaluate and buy properties below market value.

 

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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