WEST VIRGINIA FORECLOSURES DECREASE 73 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY

ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT

 

Activity Down 48 Percent From a Year Ago

 

IRVINE, Calif. – March 26, 2007 – West Virginia reported 31 foreclosure filings in February, a 73 percent decrease from the previous month, and a 48 percent decrease from February 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 850,000 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 foreclosures have declined both in February and from this time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Statistics show that the state’s unemployment rate dropped significantly during 2006. This increase in jobs – especially in the gambling industries – is likely contributing to the overall foreclosure decline.”

 

West Virginia ranked among the 10 lowest states in total foreclosures for February. The state’s foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 27,246 households ranks it among the five lowest states.

 

Kanawha, Marion and Raleigh Counties accounts for majority of state total

Kanawha, Marion and Raleigh Counties reported the highest totals — each reporting four foreclosure filings for the month. Wood County came in second, reporting three foreclosure filings.

 

Hampshire County reports highest foreclosure rate in state

Hampshire County tallied the state’s highest foreclosure rate for February, reporting one foreclosure filing for every 5,593 households — 4.9 times the state average. Marion County reported the second highest rate in the state, with one foreclosure filing for every 6,665 households — 4.1 times the state average. Raleigh County reported the third highest rate in the state, with one foreclosure filing for every 8,920 households — 3.1 times the state average.

 

State contributes less than 1 percent to national total

Total foreclosure filings in West Virginia accounted for less than 1 percent of the 130,786 filings nationwide in February. The national total was down 4 percent from the previous month, but still up 12 percent from February 2006. The nation’s foreclosure rate increased slightly to one foreclosure filing for every 884 households during the month.

 

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides the total number of homes in some stage of foreclosure nationwide, by state and by county. 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 – February 2007

 

County

NOD

NTS

NFS

LIS

REO

Total

1 in every # households

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

29,662

47,127

9,404

22,479

22,114

130,786

884

n/a

n/a

West Virginia

0

31

0

0

0

31

27,246

0.03

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berkeley

0

1

0

0

0

1

32,913

0.02

0.82

Boone

0

1

0

0

0

1

11,575

0.07

2.35

Cabell

0

1

0

0

0

1

45,615

0.01

0.59

Fayette

0

1

0

0

0

1

21,616

0.04

1.26

Hampshire

0

2

0

0

0

2

5,593

0.15

4.87

Hancock

0

1

0

0

0

1

14,728

0.06

1.85

Jackson

0

1

0

0

0

1

12,245

0.07

2.22

Jefferson

0

1

0

0

0

1

17,623

0.05

1.54

Kanawha

0

4

0

0

0

4

23,447

0.03

1.16

Marion

0

4

0

0

0

4

6,665

0.13

4.08

Mercer

0

2

0

0

0

2

15,072

0.05

1.8

Monongalia

0

2

0

0

0

2

18,348

0.04

1.48

Morgan

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Nicholas

0

1

0

0

0

1

12,406

0.07

2.19

Ohio

0

1

0

0

0

1

22,166

0.04

1.22

Putnam

0

1

0

0

0

1

21,621

0.04

1.26

Raleigh

0

4

0

0

0

4

8,920

0.09

3.05

Wirt

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Wood

0

3

0

0

0

3

13,262

0.06

2.05

 

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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 construction properties, 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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