Filings Statewide Decrease 19 Percent From October 2007


IRVINE, Calif. – Nov. 26, 2008 – Texas tied with Georgia for the eighth highest foreclosure total in the nation for October, reporting 9,900 properties with foreclosure filings, an 8 percent increase from the previous month but 19 percent below the level reported in October 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.


“Foreclosure filings increased slightly in Texas for the month, but are significantly down from the beginning of the year and well below the level reported this time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “While unemployment in Texas remains below the national average, bad loans and a recessionary economic environment have compounded the state’s housing crisis, forcing lenders to try and rework troubled mortgages in order to avoid foreclosure.”


Foreclosure activity in the Lone Star State was far below national leader California which reported 56,9545 properties with foreclosure filings in October, and way behind second place Florida, which reported 54,324 properties with foreclosure filings for the month. Arizona took over third place once again, reporting 17,507 properties with foreclosure filings. Nevada dropped down to fourth highest, documenting 14,483 properties with foreclosure filings. Illinois moved up from seventh to fifth highest, reporting 12,681 properties with foreclosure filings. The remaining states in the nation’s top 10 for total properties with foreclosure filings in October were Ohio, Michigan, Georgia and New Jersey.


Harris County tops in foreclosure activity for October

Harris County reported 1,803 properties with foreclosure filings in October, the highest county total in the state for the month. Dallas County came in second highest, reporting 1,427 properties with foreclosure filings. Tarrant County ranked third, reporting 1,179 properties with foreclosure filings. Bexar County came in fourth place, documenting 787 properties with foreclosure filings, followed by fifth place Collin County, reporting 457 properties with foreclosure filings.


Kaufman County post state’s top rate for October

With one in every 262 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing — 3.6 times the state average and 1.7 times the national average — Kaufman County posted the highest foreclosure rate in the state for October. Second highest rate was reported in Galveston County, where one in every 304 housing units received a foreclosure filing — 3.1 times the state average and 1.5 times the national average. Third highest rate was documented in Van Zandt County, where one in every 331 housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month — 2.8 times the state average and 1.4 times the national average.


State a major contributor to nation’s foreclosure total in October

Texas accounted for 4 percent of the 279,561 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in October. The national total represented an increase of more than 5 percent from the previous month and was almost 25 percent ahead of the total reported for October 2007. The nation’s foreclosure rate rose to one in every 452 U.S. housing units 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.


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