NEW YORK STATE AND NEW YORK CITY FORECLOSURES DROP 27 PERCENT

NEW YORK STATE AND NEW YORK CITY FORECLOSURES DROP 27 PERCENT ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ SEPTEMBER U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT
New Jersey Foreclosures Show Significant Increase

Irvine, Calif. – October 25, 2005 – After spiking sharply upwards in August, New York City foreclosures in September decreased dramatically, according to the RealtyTrac™ September U.S. Foreclosure Market Report. The city’s five boroughs reported 1,623 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, 600 fewer than were reported in August.

RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com) publishes the largest national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with more than 550,000 properties in nearly 2,000 counties across the country, and is the foreclosure data provider to MSN House & Home, Yahoo! Real Estate, AOL Real Estate and HomeGain.com.

With one foreclosure for every 1,972 households in the five boroughs, the New York City’s foreclosure rates stayed second lowest among the nation’s five largest metropolitan areas for the fourth consecutive month, with only Los Angeles reporting a lower rate. Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago and Philadelphia foreclosure rates were all higher.

“It appears that the vibrancy of the New York real estate market has reversed the recent increase in foreclosures,” said James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac chief executive officer. “Like Los Angeles, New York foreclosure rates have been consistently low compared to other major metropolitan areas this year.”

All five boroughs, as well as surrounding New York counties, reported fewer foreclosures in August. With only 45 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, Manhattan foreclosures declined by 29 percent. The borough’s foreclosure rate, already extremely low, dropped to less than one-fifth of the state average.

The city’s four other boroughs all documented foreclosure rates above the state average of one foreclosure for every 3,080 households. Staten Island foreclosures continued to register the highest rate among the five boroughs — one foreclosure for every 1,123 households — despite a 39 percent decline in foreclosures reported.

Suffolk County experienced a 46 percent decline in foreclosures, with a total of 266 properties entering some stage of foreclosure. There were 207 Nassau County foreclosures in September, a 44 percent drop and one foreclosure for every 2,213 households. Still, the foreclosure rates in both counties were above the state average.

With 2,493 properties entering some stage of foreclosure statewide, New York foreclosures recorded a 27 percent decrease. The state’s foreclosure rate was about half the national average. Nationwide, a total of 68,646 properties entered some stage of foreclosure in September, a 9.2 percent slide from the previous month and one foreclosure for every 1,685 households.

In contrast, New Jersey foreclosures showed a 60 percent increase in September, raising the state’s foreclosure rate above the national average. And for the New Jersey counties around New York — Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Union — foreclosures also increased. With one foreclosure for every 791 households, Union County documented the highest foreclosure rate among those counties.

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a graphical map that illustrates foreclosure percentiles by state (appended to this press release or available by request), as well as the total number of homes in some stage of foreclosure nationwide and by state over the preceding month. Data is also available at the individual county level. RealtyTrac’s report includes properties in all three phases of foreclosure: Pre-foreclosures — Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Foreclosures — Notice of Trustee Sale and Notice of Foreclosure Sale (NTS and NFS); and Real Estate Owned, or REO properties (that have been repurchased by a bank).

Below are foreclosure market statistics nationwide and by state:

State Name NODs NTSs NFSs LISs REOs Total %tile
US 9/2005 14,396 24,634 1,525 9,612 18,479 68,646
Alabama 6 90 0 0 83 179 28.43
Alaska 4 65 0 0 15 84 64.71
Arizona 127 1,832 0 0 119 2,078 86.27
Arkansas 39 702 0 0 205 946 80.39
California 4,147 674 0 0 173 4,994 64.71
Colorado 2,281 152 0 0 1,169 3,602 100.00
Connecticut 12 14 0 0 2 28 11.76
Delaware 4 5 0 0 1 10 15.69
District of Columbia 1 5 0 0 6 12 17.65
Florida 0 0 1,059 7,791 333 9,183 96.08
Georgia 23 2,977 0 0 923 3,923 98.04
Hawaii 51 36 0 0 11 98 43.14
Idaho 60 98 0 0 13 171 53.92
Illinois 2,267 99 0 0 1,611 3,977 82.35
Indiana 496 1,206 0 0 756 2,458 88.24
Iowa 23 12 0 0 103 138 37.25
Kansas 19 10 0 0 71 100 28.43
Kentucky 91 30 0 0 47 168 31.37
Louisiana 17 28 0 0 155 200 35.29
Maine 4 3 0 0 0 7 9.80
Maryland 10 206 0 0 286 502 47.06
Massachusetts 9 7 0 0 3 19 5.88
Michigan 124 295 0 0 2,203 2,622 72.55
Minnesota 14 38 0 0 98 150 22.55
Mississippi 9 17 0 0 66 92 22.55
Missouri 35 46 0 0 860 941 57.84
Montana 4 101 0 0 8 113 50.98
Nebraska 223 25 0 0 102 350 70.59
Nevada 104 446 0 0 19 569 75.49
New Hampshire 0 0 0 0 2 2 5.88
New Jersey 1,674 664 0 0 123 2,461 78.43
New Mexico 230 18 0 0 52 300 57.84
New York 0 0 466 1,821 206 2,493 53.92
North Carolina 81 122 0 0 706 909 49.02
North Dakota 0 0 0 0 7 7 13.73
Ohio 151 2,579 0 0 3,069 5,799 93.14
Oklahoma 399 275 0 0 309 983 75.49
Oregon 230 269 0 0 71 570 60.78
Pennsylvania 282 1,526 0 0 571 2,379 68.63
Rhode Island 0 1 0 0 0 1 1.96
South Carolina 51 56 0 0 232 339 41.18
South Dakota 3 12 0 0 2 17 19.61
Tennessee 8 828 0 0 1,317 2,153 84.31
Texas 64 7,752 0 0 1,920 9,736 93.14
Utah 663 30 0 0 227 920 90.20
Vermont 1 0 0 0 1 2 5.88
Virginia 2 158 0 0 65 225 25.49
Washington 30 867 0 0 88 985 64.71
West Virginia 1 101 0 0 0 102 39.22
Wisconsin 320 152 0 0 38 510 45.10
Wyoming 1 3 0 0 18 22 33.33

 

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michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

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