WEST VIRGINIA FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY DECREASES 38 PERCENT IN JULY

ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC® U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT

 

Activity Down 10 Percent From July 2006

 

IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 24, 2007 – West Virginia reported 94 foreclosure filings in July, a 38 percent decrease from the previous month and 10 percent below the number reported in July 2006, 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 million properties from nearly 2,500 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.

 

West Virginia’s job growth continues to trail the national average and foreclosure activity remains high within the state compared to the same time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac.

 

West Virginia ranked 42nd in the country in total foreclosures reported for July. The state’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 9,279 households ranked 47th among the 50 states.

 

Kanawha County leads state in foreclosure activity

Kanawha County reported 20 foreclosure filings, the most of any county for the month. Wood County was second, reporting 11 foreclosure filings for the month. Berkeley reported the third highest county total, with eight foreclosure filings.

 

Jefferson County posts highest foreclosure rate

Jefferson County reported the highest county foreclosure rate in the state for July, with a rate of one foreclosure filing for every 3,441 households — 2.7 times the state average. Wood County posted the second highest foreclosure rate, with one foreclosure filing for every 3,689 households — 2.5 times the state average. Doddridge County posted the third highest foreclosure rate, with one foreclosure filing for every 3,761 households — 2.5 times the state average.

 

State a minor contributor to nation’s monthly total

Total foreclosure filings in West Virginia accounted for less than 1 percent of the 179,599 foreclosure filings nationwide in July. The national total was up 9 percent from the previous month and up 93 percent from July 2006. The nation’s foreclosure rate increased to one foreclosure filing for every 693 U.S. households for the month.

 

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides the total number of foreclosure filings — both nationwide and by state — over the preceding month. RealtyTrac’s report includes properties in all three phases of foreclosure: Defaults — Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Auctions — 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).

 

For current news and information regarding foreclosure-related issues and trends, check out our blog at www.ForeclosurePulse.com.

 

 

                     West Virginia Foreclosure Market by County – July 2007

 

County

NOD

NTS

NFS

LIS

REO

Total

1 in every # households

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

36,741

57,327

23,136

35,553

26,842

179,599

693

n/a

n/a

West Virginia

0

94

0

0

0

94

9,279

0.07

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbour

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Berkeley

0

8

0

0

0

8

4,940

0.14

1.88

Boone

0

1

0

0

0

1

11,827

0.06

0.78

Brooke

0

1

0

0

0

1

11,194

0.06

0.83

Cabell

0

6

0

0

0

6

7,678

0.09

1.21

Clay

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Doddridge

0

1

0

0

0

1

3,761

0.18

2.47

Fayette

0

5

0

0

0

5

4,441

0.16

2.09

Greenbrier

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Hampshire

0

1

0

0

0

1

11,938

0.06

0.78

Hancock

0

3

0

0

0

3

4,941

0.14

1.88

Hardy

0

1

0

0

0

1

7,671

0.09

1.21

Harrison

0

6

0

0

0

6

5,276

0.13

1.76

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Jefferson

0

6

0

0

0

6

3,441

0.20

2.70

Kanawha

0

20

0

0

0

20

4,739

0.15

1.96

Lewis

0

1

0

0

0

1

8,094

0.09

1.15

Marion

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Mercer

0

5

0

0

0

5

6,039

0.11

1.54

Mineral

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Monongalia

0

2

0

0

0

2

18,853

0.04

0.49

Morgan

0

1

0

0

0

1

9,055

0.08

1.02

Ohio

0

4

0

0

0

4

5,540

0.13

1.67

Pocahontas

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Preston

0

2

0

0

0

2

6,885

0.10

1.35

Putnam

0

4

0

0

0

4

5,734

0.12

1.62

Raleigh

0

4

0

0

0

4

9,110

0.08

1.02

Summers

0

1

0

0

0

1

7,450

0.09

1.25

Tyler

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Wood

0

11

0

0

0

11

3,689

0.19

2.52

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

 

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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