WEST VIRGINIA FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY UP 206 PERCENT IN MARCH

ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT

 

Activity Up 27 Percent From A Year Ago

 

IRVINE, Calif. – April 23, 2007 – West Virginia reported 95 foreclosure filings in March, a 206 percent increase from the previous month and a 27 percent increase from March 2006, according to the latest RealtyTrac™ U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

 

RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with over 900,000 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,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “However, West Virginia’s foreclosure rate is still one of the lowest in the nation.”

 

West Virginia ranked 43rd in the country in total foreclosures reported for March. The state’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 8,891 households ranked 44th among the 50 states.

 

Kanawha County leads state in foreclosure activity

Kanawha County led the state in foreclosure activity, reporting 31 foreclosure filings for the month. Wood County had the second highest total, reporting eight foreclosure filings. Berkeley County came in third place, reporting six foreclosure filings.

 

Upshur County leads state in foreclosure rate

Upshur County posted the highest foreclosure rate in West Virginia for March, reporting one foreclosure filing for every 2,688 households — 3.3 times the state average. Hampshire County had the second highest foreclosure rate reporting one foreclosure filing for every 2,796 households — 3.2 times the state average. Kanawha County posted the third highest foreclosure rate for the month, reporting one foreclosure filing for every 3,025 households — 2.9 times the state average.

 

State has minimal impact on national total for March

Total foreclosure filings in West Virginia accounted for less than 1 percent of the 149,150 foreclosure filings nationwide in March. The national total was up almost 7 percent from the previous month, and surged 47 percent from March 2006. The nation’s foreclosure rate increased to one foreclosure filing for every 775 U.S. households during 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 – March 2007

 

County

NOD

NTS

NFS

LIS

REO

Total

1 in every # households

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

47,135

51,203

8,906

19,416

22,491

149,150

775

n/a

n/a

West Virginia

4

90

0

0

1

95

8,891

0.09

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berkeley

1

5

0

0

0

6

5,486

0.14

1.62

Boone

0

1

0

0

0

1

11,575

0.07

0.77

Brooke

0

1

0

0

0

1

11,150

0.07

0.80

Cabell

0

2

0

0

0

2

22,808

0.03

0.39

Clay

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Fayette

0

5

0

0

0

5

4,323

0.18

2.06

Grant

0

1

0

0

0

1

6,105

0.13

1.46

Greenbrier

0

1

0

0

0

1

17,644

0.04

0.50

Hampshire

0

4

0

0

0

4

2,796

0.28

3.18

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Hardy

0

1

0

0

0

1

7,115

0.11

1.25

Harrison

0

4

0

0

0

4

7,778

0.10

1.14

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Jefferson

1

2

0

0

0

3

5,874

0.13

1.51

Kanawha

0

30

0

0

1

31

3,025

0.26

2.94

Lewis

0

1

0

0

0

1

7,944

0.10

1.12

Marion

1

1

0

0

0

2

13,330

0.06

0.67

Marshall

0

1

0

0

0

1

15,814

0.05

0.56

Mercer

0

2

0

0

0

2

15,072

0.05

0.59

Monongalia

0

2

0

0

0

2

18,348

0.04

0.48

Monroe

0

2

0

0

0

2

3,634

0.21

2.45

Morgan

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Ohio

0

2

0

0

0

2

11,083

0.07

0.80

Pocahontas

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Preston

0

2

0

0

0

2

6,722

0.12

1.32

Putnam

0

1

0

0

0

1

21,621

0.04

0.41

Raleigh

0

5

0

0

0

5

7,136

0.11

1.25

Ritchie

0

1

0

0

0

1

5,513

0.14

1.61

Summers

0

1

0

0

0

1

7,331

0.11

1.21

Tucker

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Upshur

0

4

0

0

0

4

2,688

0.29

3.31

Wayne

1

0

0

0

0

1

19,107

0.04

0.47

Wood

0

8

0

0

0

8

4,973

0.16

1.79

 

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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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