NEW HAMPSHIRE FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY UP 26 PERCENT IN APRIL

 

Foreclosure Activity Up 62 Percent From April 2008

 

IRVINE, Calif. – May 29, 2009 – Foreclosure filings were reported on 1,035 New Hampshire properties in April, a 26 percent incline from the previous month, and 62 percent above the level reported for April 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.

 

New Hampshire foreclosures are up both in April and from this time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “While the state’s unemployment rate remains well below the national average, statistics show that its home prices have depreciated further than the national average during the past year. This has likely been a factor in the foreclosure increase.”

 

New Hampshire ranked 33rd in the country in total foreclosures reported for the month. With one in every 574 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing, its foreclosure rate ranked 16th among the 50 states.

 

Five counties account for bulk of state foreclosure activity in April

Hillsborough County led the way, reporting 340 properties with foreclosure filings for the month. Rockingham County reported 228 properties with foreclosure filings, the state’s second highest county total. Merrimack County came in third highest, reporting 107 properties with foreclosure filings. Strafford County came in fourth, documenting 104 properties with foreclosure filings, while the fifth highest total was in Belknap County, where 66 properties with foreclosure filings were reported for the month.

 

Hillsborough County posts state’s highest foreclosure rate for April

Hillsborough County topped the list, with one in every 476 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing. Strafford County had the second highest foreclosure rate, with one in every 483 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing. Belknap County documented the third highest foreclosure rate, where one in every 540 housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month.

 

State contributes less than 1 percent to nation’s foreclosure total in April

New Hampshire accounted for less than 1 percent of the 342,038 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in April. The national total represented a negligible increase in activity from the previous month but was still 32 percent ahead of the total reported for April 2008. One in every 374 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.

 

       New Hampshire Foreclosure Market Data by County – April 2009

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HU (rate)

% Chg Mar 09

% Chg Apr 08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

65,456

76,608

100,559

35,512

63,903

342,038

374

0.25

32.25

New Hampshire

0

0

678

0

357

1,035

574

25.61

62.23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belknap

0

0

38

0

28

66

540

8.20

53.49

Carroll

0

0

24

0

16

40

961

14.29

900.00

Cheshire

0

0

37

0

19

56

603

24.44

93.10

Coos

0

0

15

0

10

25

806

-7.41

25.00

Grafton

0

0

24

0

11

35

1,347

-5.41

483.33

Hillsborough

0

0

222

0

118

340

476

31.78

47.19

Merrimack

0

0

74

0

33

107

577

30.49

101.89

Rockingham

0

0

152

0

76

228

542

26.67

25.97

Strafford

0

0

71

0

33

104

483

40.54

103.92

Sullivan

0

0

21

0

13

34

634

36.00

70.00

 

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Media Contact:

Michelle Sabolich

Atomic Public Relations

415-402-0230

michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

 

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