MASSACHUSETTS FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY DOWN 13 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY

Foreclosure Activity Decreases 25 Percent From February 2008

 

IRVINE, Calif. – March 27, 2009 – Massachusetts reported 2,940 properties with foreclosure filings in February, a 13 percent decrease from the previous month and 25 percent below the level reported for February 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.

 

“Foreclosure activity decreased in Massachusetts in February, both as compared to one month earlier and to the same time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Job losses are mounting across multiple sectors within the state, though the hardest hit seem to be construction and real estate, as both residential and commercial projects have slowed down.”

 

Massachusetts ranked 22nd in the country in total properties with foreclosure filings for February. One in every 926 Massachusetts housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month, the 26th highest state foreclosure rate in the nation.

 

Middlesex County leads state in foreclosure activity

Middlesex County led the state, reporting 497 properties with foreclosure filings for the month.  Worcester County was second highest, reporting 462 properties with foreclosure filings. Third highest was Essex County, reporting 439 properties with foreclosure filings. Suffolk County was in fourth place, documenting 403 properties with foreclosure filings. Fifth highest total was tallied in Plymouth County, where 268 properties with foreclosure filings were reported.

 

Essex County posts top foreclosure rate

Essex County reported the highest county foreclosure rate in Massachusetts for February, with one in every 678 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing. Worcester County came in second, with one in every 684 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing. Plymouth County posted the third highest foreclosure rate, where one in every 719 housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month.

 

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

Massachusetts accounted for 1 percent of the 290,631 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in February. The national total represented a 6 percent increase in activity from the previous month and was 30 percent ahead of the total reported for February 2008. One in every 440 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.

 

           Massachusetts Foreclosure Market Data by County – February 2009

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HU (rate)

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

54,064

55,509

78,234

28,729

74,095

290,631

440

n/a

n/a

Massachusetts

0

1,498

0

486

956

2,940

926

0.48

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnstable

0

38

0

22

37

97

1,604

0.27

0.58

Berkshire

0

10

0

8

14

32

2,126

0.21

0.44

Bristol

0

116

0

62

82

260

866

0.51

1.07

Dukes

0

2

0

0

1

3

5,420

0.08

0.17

Essex

0

221

0

91

127

439

678

0.65

1.37

Franklin

0

15

0

0

2

17

1,956

0.23

0.47

Hampden

0

131

0

33

71

235

804

0.55

1.15

Hampshire

0

11

0

1

5

17

3,594

0.12

0.26

Middlesex

0

269

0

60

168

497

1,194

0.37

0.78

Nantucket

0

3

0

0

1

4

2,671

0.16

0.35

Norfolk

0

117

0

26

63

206

1,287

0.34

0.72

Plymouth

0

155

0

42

71

268

719

0.61

1.29

Suffolk

0

177

0

64

162

403

742

0.59

1.25

Worcester

0

233

0

77

152

462

684

0.64

1.35

 

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Atomic Public Relations

415-402-0230

michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

 

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