PENNSYLVANIA FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY UP 14 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY

Foreclosure Activity Increases 74 Percent From February 2008

 

IRVINE, Calif. – March 27, 2009 – Pennsylvania reported 4,192 properties with foreclosure filings in February, a 14 percent increase from the previous month, and 74 percent above 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.

 

“Pennsylvania foreclosures rose again in February, as the state reported increases in activity both compared to one month earlier and to the same time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Unemployment within the state is growing more quickly than the national average as losses are seen across multiple sectors, especially in manufacturing and construction.”

 

Pennsylvania ranked 14th in the country in total properties with foreclosure filings for February. One in every 1,307 Pennsylvania housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month, the 31st highest state foreclosure rate in the nation.

 

Allegheny County leads state in foreclosure activity

Allegheny County led the state, reporting 735 properties with foreclosure filings for the month. Philadelphia County was second highest, reporting 670 properties with foreclosure filings. Third highest was Delaware County, reporting 389 properties with foreclosure filings. York County was in fourth place, documenting 238 properties with foreclosure filings. Fifth highest total was tallied in Montgomery County, where 219 properties with foreclosure filings were reported.

 

Delaware County posts top foreclosure rate

Delaware County reported the highest county foreclosure rate in the state for February, with one in every 568 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing — 2.3 times the state average. Lawrence County came in second, with one in every 622 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing — 2.1 times the state average. York County posted the third highest foreclosure rate, where one in every 731 housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month — 1.8 times the state.

 

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

Pennsylvania 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.

 

           Pennsylvania 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

Pennsylvania

0

1,686

5

1,383

1,118

4,192

1,307

0.34

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adams

0

0

0

1

6

7

5,664

0.08

0.23

Allegheny

0

484

4

158

89

735

805

0.55

1.62

Armstrong

0

0

0

0

7

7

4,672

0.09

0.28

Beaver

0

2

0

59

41

102

779

0.56

1.68

Bedford

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Berks

0

99

0

46

2

147

1,090

0.40

1.20

Blair

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Bradford

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Bucks

0

117

0

3

57

177

1,358

0.32

0.96

Butler

0

1

0

1

6

8

9,625

0.05

0.14

Cambria

0

0

0

2

1

3

22,100

0.02

0.06

Cameron

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Carbon

0

0

0

31

5

36

915

0.48

1.43

Centre

0

0

0

13

4

17

3,416

0.13

0.38

Chester

0

4

0

34

58

96

1,913

0.23

0.68

Clarion

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Clearfield

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Clinton

0

0

0

0

2

2

9,420

0.05

0.14

Columbia

0

0

0

12

1

13

2,220

0.20

0.59

Crawford

0

0

0

12

2

14

3,105

0.14

0.42

Cumberland

0

0

0

3

25

28

3,370

0.13

0.39

Dauphin

0

0

0

1

48

49

2,376

0.19

0.55

Delaware

0

177

0

123

89

389

568

0.78

2.30

Elk

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Erie

0

0

0

55

29

84

1,404

0.31

0.93

Fayette

0

0

0

0

4

4

16,767

0.03

0.08

Forest

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Franklin

0

0

0

21

7

28

2,130

0.21

0.61

Fulton

0

0

0

0

1

1

7,283

0.06

0.18

Greene

0

0

0

0

2

2

8,582

0.05

0.15

Huntingdon

0

0

0

3

1

4

5,492

0.08

0.24

Indiana

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Jefferson

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Juniata

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Lackawanna

0

0

0

73

30

103

943

0.47

1.39

Lancaster

0

83

0

87

45

215

902

0.49

1.45

Lawrence

0

0

0

49

16

65

622

0.71

2.10

Lebanon

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Lehigh

0

46

0

60

37

143

963

0.46

1.36

Luzerne

0

0

0

87

39

126

1,173

0.38

1.11

Lycoming

0

0

0

0

1

1

53,885

0.01

0.02

McKean

0

0

1

0

0

1

21,718

0.02

0.06

Mercer

0

0

0

34

22

56

920

0.48

1.42

Mifflin

0

0

0

17

6

23

923

0.48

1.42

Monroe

0

0

0

40

24

64

1,226

0.36

1.07

Montgomery

0

134

0

59

26

219

1,432

0.31

0.91

Montour

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Northampton

0

4

0

81

27

112

1,046

0.42

1.25

Northumberland

0

0

0

0

6

6

7,296

0.06

0.18

Perry

0

0

0

1

0

1

19,766

0.02

0.07

Philadelphia

0

487

0

5

178

670

986

0.45

1.33

Pike

0

0

0

1

18

19

2,110

0.21

0.62

Potter

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Schuylkill

0

0

0

39

8

47

1,484

0.30

0.88

Snyder

0

0

0

2

0

2

7,809

0.06

0.17

Somerset

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Sullivan

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Susquehanna

0

0

0

2

0

2

11,270

0.04

0.12

Tioga

0

0

0

0

0

0

 n/a

0.00

0.00

Union

0

0

0

0

1

1

15,521

0.03

0.08

Venango

0

0

0

0

1

1

27,307

0.02

0.05

Warren

0

0

0

0

1

1

23,378

0.02

0.06

Washington

0

45

0

2

27

74

1,244

0.35

1.05

Wayne

0

0

0

2

3

5

6,580

0.07

0.20

Westmoreland

0

3

0

1

37

41

4,050

0.11

0.32

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

3

3

4,423

0.10

0.30

York

0

0

0

163

75

238

731

0.60

1.79

 

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