MONTANA FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY UP 28 PERCENT IN DECEMBER

Yearly Foreclosure Activity Up 74 Percent From December 2006

 

IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 25, 2008 – Montana reported 151 foreclosure filings in December, a 28 percent increase from the previous month, and a 74 percent increase from December 2006, 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 million 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.

 

Montana’s unemployment rate rose in December to its highest level reported in two years,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Though economists predict no real economic slowdown for Montana, the state is definitely seeing the effect of its slipping employment rate in terms of increased foreclosures.”

 

Montana ranked 42nd in the country in total foreclosures reported for December. The state’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 2,837 households ranked it 36th among the 50 states.

 

Yellowstone County leads state in foreclosure activity

Yellowstone County led Montana in total foreclosure activity for December, reporting 36 foreclosure filings for the month. Cascade and Missoula counties reported the second highest foreclosure total, with each county reporting 23 foreclosure filings. Flathead County came in third with 22 foreclosure filings.

 

Ravalli County posts highest foreclosure rate for December

Ravalli County led the state with the highest foreclosure rate for December, one foreclosure filing for every 1,170 households — 2.4 times the state average. Cascade County came in second with a rate of one foreclosure filing for every 1,552 households — 1.8 times the state average. Yellowstone County posted the third highest foreclosure rate, one foreclosure filing for every 1,604 households — 1.8 times the state average.

 

State makes minor contribution to nation’s total in December

Total foreclosure filings in Montana accounted for less than 1 percent of the 215,749 foreclosure filings reported nationwide in December. The national total represents a 7 percent increase from the previous month, and is 97 percent above the total reported for December 2006. The nation’s foreclosure rate increased to one foreclosure filing for every 577 U.S. households for the month.

 

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides the total number of foreclosure filings — both nationwide and by state — over the preceding month. 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.

 

 

                      Montana Foreclosure Market by County – December 2007

 

County

NOD

NTS

NFS

LIS

REO

Total

Households per Filing

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

46,182

54,280

18,488

47,945

48,854

215,749

577

n/a

n/a

Montana

3

140

0

0

8

151

2,837

0.20

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaverhead

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Big Horn

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Blaine

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Broadwater

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Carbon

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Carter

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Cascade

0

21

0

0

2

23

1,552

0.37

1.83

Chouteau

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Custer

0

1

0

0

0

1

5,343

0.11

0.53

Daniels

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Dawson

0

2

0

0

0

2

2,076

0.28

1.37

Deer Lodge

0

2

0

0

0

2

2,514

0.23

1.13

Fallon

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Fergus

0

2

0

0

0

2

2,779

0.21

1.02

Flathead

0

21

0

0

1

22

1,667

0.35

1.70

Gallatin

0

10

0

0

0

10

3,410

0.17

0.83

Garfield

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Glacier

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Golden Valley

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Granite

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Hill

0

1

0

0

0

1

7,445

0.08

0.38

Jefferson

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Judith Basin

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Lake

1

3

0

0

0

4

3,482

0.17

0.81

Lewis And Clark

0

7

0

0

1

8

3,271

0.18

0.87

Liberty

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Lincoln

0

1

0

0

0

1

9,392

0.06

0.30

Madison

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

McCone

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Meagher

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Mineral

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Missoula

2

20

0

0

1

23

1,949

0.30

1.46

Musselshell

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Park

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Petroleum

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Phillips

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Pondera

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Powder River

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Powell

0

1

0

0

0

1

2,931

0.20

0.97

Prairie

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Ravalli

0

14

0

0

0

14

1,170

0.49

2.43

Richland

0

1

0

0

0

1

4,562

0.13

0.62

Roosevelt

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Rosebud

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Sanders

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Sheridan

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Silver Bow

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Stillwater

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Sweet Grass

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Teton

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Toole

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Treasure

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Valley

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Wheatland

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Wibaux

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Yellowstone

0

33

0

0

3

36

1,604

0.36

1.77

 

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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