Alabama Foreclosure Activity Declines in May

Statewide filings down 17 percent from April, down 21 percent from a year ago

 

Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 1,523 Alabama properties in May, a 17 percent decrease from April and 21 percent below the level reported for May 2010, according to the latest RealtyTrac® U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

Alabama ranked 29th in the nation in total foreclosures for May. Its foreclosure rate of one in 1,433 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month, ranked it 34th among the 50 states.

Baldwin County posts state’s top foreclosure rate in May

One in every 674 housing units in Baldwin County received a foreclosure filing in May — 2.1 times the state average — the highest foreclosure rate of all Alabama counties. Mobile County came in second highest, with a rate of one in every 687 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month — 2.1 times the state average. Third highest was Jefferson County, where one in every 713 housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month — twice the state average.

 

Jefferson County dominates state foreclosure totals in May

Jefferson County reported the highest level of foreclosure activity of all Alabama counties, tallying 438 properties with foreclosure filings for the month. Mobile County was a distant second, reporting 266 properties with foreclosure filings. Baldwin County was third highest, reporting 157 properties with foreclosure filings. Madison County came in fourth place, tallying 120 properties with foreclosure filings. Fifth highest was Montgomery County, where 117 properties with foreclosure filings were reported for the month.

 

State a minor contributor to total foreclosure activity in May

Alabama accounted for 1 percent of the 214,927 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in May. Total U.S. activity decreased by 7 percent from April, and was down 28 percent from the level reported in May 2010. One in every 605 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month.

 

“Foreclosure processing delays continue to mask the true face of the foreclosure situation, although there were some clues in the May numbers of what lies behind that mask,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “First, activity spiked in May for various stages of the foreclosure process in some states, a pattern that has occurred in several states over the past few months. This pattern provides evidence that lenders are somewhat unevenly pushing batches of bad loans through foreclosure as they overhaul their paperwork and documentation procedures and as they determine that some local markets are able to absorb more foreclosure inventory.

 

“Second, while the inventory of properties in the foreclosure process has declined steadily over the past six months — thanks in large part to 16 consecutive months of year-over-year declines in new default notices — the inventory of unsold bank-owned REOs increased in April and May even as new REO activity slowed in both of those months,” Saccacio continued. “That points to continued weak demand from buyers, making it tough for lenders to unload their REO inventory. Even at a significantly lower level than a year ago, the new supply of REOs exceeds the amount being sold each month.”

 

Report methodology

The RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing entered into the RealtyTrac database during the month — broken out by type of filing by state, county and metropolitan statistical area. Some foreclosure filings entered into the database during the month may have been recorded in previous months. Data is collected from more than 2,200 counties nationwide, and those counties account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. 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 received for a property during the month, 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.

 

 

Alabama Top Foreclosure Rates By County – May 2011

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HU (rate)

/Natl. Avg.

/State Avg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

28,468

30,329

67,313

21,938

66,879

214,927

605

n/a

n/a

Alabama

0

0

701

0

822

1,523

1,432.92

0.42

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baldwin

0

0

46

0

111

157

674

0.90

2.13

Mobile

0

0

124

0

142

266

687

0.88

2.08

Jefferson

0

0

235

0

203

438

713

0.85

2.01

Shelby

0

0

47

0

47

94

851

0.71

1.68

Montgomery

0

0

63

0

54

117

885

0.68

1.62

 

 

Alabama Top Foreclosure Totals by County – May 2011

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HU (rate)

% Chg Apr 11

% Chg May 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

28,468

30,329

67,313

21,938

66,879

214,927

605

-1.98

-33.44

Alabama

0

0

701

0

822

1,523

1,432.92

-17.23

-21.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jefferson

0

0

235

0

203

438

713

-7.40

-34.72

Mobile

0

0

124

0

142

266

687

-7.32

-10.44

Baldwin

0

0

46

0

111

157

674

-23.79

-13.26

Madison

0

0

36

0

84

120

1,202

-35.14

-1.64

Montgomery

0

0

63

0

54

117

885

-33.52

-23.03

 

 

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