SOUTH CAROLINA FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY UP 4 PERCENT IN AUGUST

Statewide Foreclosure Activity Increases 212 Percent From August 2007

 

IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 26, 2008 – Foreclosure filings were reported on 1,384 South Carolina properties in August, an increase of 4 percent from the previous month, and 212 percent above the level reported for August 2007, 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.

 

South Carolina’s job market took another hit in August as the state reported an unemployment rate of 7.6 percent — its highest jobless rate in 15 years,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Mass layoffs in both the construction and manufacturing sectors have played a crucial role in South Carolina’s job market crisis, sending many residents into foreclosure.”

 

South Carolina ranked 27th in the country in total properties with foreclosure filings reported for August. One in every 1,427 South Carolina households received a foreclosure filing during the month, ranking 32nd among the 50 states.

 

Lexington County led state in foreclosure activity for August

Lexington County led the state reporting 240 properties with foreclosure filings for the month. Richland County came in second highest, reporting 164 properties with foreclosure filings. Horry County posted the third highest foreclosure total, reporting 132 properties with foreclosure filings. Greenville County came in fourth place, documenting 130 properties with foreclosure filings. Spartanburg County came in fifth highest, reporting 102 properties with foreclosure filings during the month.

 

Lexington County reports highest foreclosure rate for August

Lexington County posted the top county foreclosure rate in the state, with one in every 423 households receiving a foreclosure filing during the month — 3.4 times the state average. Fairfield County posted the second highest foreclosure rate, where one in every 722 households received a foreclosure filing — twice the state average. Dorchester County registered the third highest foreclosure rate, where one in every 843 households received a foreclosure filing — 1.7 times the state average.

 

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

South Carolina accounted for less than 1 percent of the 303,879 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in August. The national total represents an increase of 12 percent from the previous month and is 27 percent ahead of the total reported for August 2007. The nation’s foreclosure rate increased to one in every 416 U.S. households receiving 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.

 

          South Carolina Foreclosure Market Data by County – August 2008

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HH (rate)

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

61,903

57,156

69,693

24,234

90,893

303,879

416

n/a

n/a

South Carolina

0

336

10

114

924

1,384

1,427

0.29

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbeville

0

0

0

0

1

1

11,903

0.03

0.12

Aiken

0

1

0

2

26

29

2,312

0.18

0.62

Allendale

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Anderson

0

3

1

14

58

76

1,066

0.39

1.34

Bamberg

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Barnwell

0

0

0

0

2

2

5,139

0.08

0.28

Beaufort

0

10

1

1

44

56

1,396

0.30

1.02

Berkeley

0

5

0

2

19

26

2,439

0.17

0.59

Calhoun

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Charleston

0

5

1

47

25

78

2,117

0.20

0.67

Cherokee

0

1

0

0

2

3

7,716

0.05

0.19

Chester

0

2

0

0

0

2

7,387

0.06

0.19

Chesterfield

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Clarendon

0

1

0

0

0

1

16,018

0.03

0.09

Colleton

0

1

0

0

12

13

1,454

0.29

0.98

Darlington

0

2

0

0

5

7

4,273

0.10

0.33

Dillon

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Dorchester

0

7

0

4

43

54

843

0.49

1.69

Edgefield

0

1

0

1

0

2

4,898

0.08

0.29

Fairfield

0

0

0

0

15

15

722

0.58

1.98

Florence

0

7

0

1

6

14

3,838

0.11

0.37

Georgetown

0

2

0

0

3

5

6,512

0.06

0.22

Greenville

0

9

1

8

112

130

1,402

0.30

1.02

Greenwood

0

1

0

0

0

1

29,798

0.01

0.05

Hampton

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Horry

0

7

3

4

118

132

1,200

0.35

1.19

Jasper

0

1

0

1

5

7

1,213

0.34

1.18

Kershaw

0

2

0

0

0

2

12,567

0.03

0.11

Lancaster

0

0

1

1

9

11

2,451

0.17

0.58

Laurens

0

0

0

0

11

11

2,848

0.15

0.50

Lee

0

0

0

0

1

1

7,921

0.05

0.18

Lexington

0

186

0

4

50

240

423

0.98

3.37

Marion

0

1

0

0

0

1

15,407

0.03

0.09

Marlboro

0

1

0

0

0

1

11,981

0.03

0.12

McCormick

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Newberry

0

3

0

2

11

16

1,092

0.38

1.31

Oconee

0

3

0

0

20

23

1,579

0.26

0.90

Orangeburg

0

0

0

2

16

18

2,276

0.18

0.63

Pickens

0

0

0

5

43

48

1,049

0.40

1.36

Richland

0

60

1

5

98

164

914

0.45

1.56

Saluda

0

1

0

0

2

3

2,930

0.14

0.49

Spartanburg

0

5

1

6

90

102

1,164

0.36

1.23

Sumter

0

0

0

2

46

48

926

0.45

1.54

Union

0

1

0

0

1

2

6,763

0.06

0.21

Williamsburg

0

0

0

0

1

1

15,801

0.03

0.09

York

0

7

0

2

29

38

2,178

0.19

0.66

 

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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