CONNECTICUT FORECLOSURES DOWN 10 PERCENT IN DECEMBER

ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT

 

State’s Activity Level Up 6 Percent From a Year Ago

 

IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 15, 2007 – Connecticut reported 1,074 properties entering some stage of the foreclosure process in December, a 10 percent decrease from the 1,187 properties reported in November, but still a 6 percent increase from the 1,012 properties reported for the same month last year, according to the RealtyTrac™ U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

 

RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with over 700,000 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.

 

“Although Connecticut foreclosures decreased in December, the numbers are still higher than they were this time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Statistics show that home sales throughout the state fell more than 16 percent during the first three quarters of 2006. This has likely contributed to the overall rise in foreclosures.”

 

Connecticut ranked 20th in the country in total foreclosures reported for December. The state’s foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure filing for every 1,290 households ranks it 17th among the 50 states.

 

New Haven County accounts for largest share of state total

New Haven County reported the largest share of Connecticut’s foreclosures activity in December, with 280 properties entering some stage of the foreclosure process during the month. Hartford County reported the second highest total, with 273 properties entering some stage of the foreclosure process. Fairfield County held the third highest total, reporting 236 properties entering some stage of the foreclosure process.

 

Highest foreclosure rate found in Middlesex County

Middlesex County posted the state’s highest foreclosure rate for December, with one new foreclosure filing for every 874 households — 1.5 times the state average and 1.2 times the national average. Windham County reported the second highest foreclosure rate, with one new foreclosure filing for every 897 households — 1.4 times the state average and 1.2 times the national average. New Haven County documented the third highest foreclosure rate, with one new foreclosure filing for every 1,216 households for the month.

 

State contributes 1 percent to national total

Connecticut’s foreclosure activity accounted for 1 percent of the 109,652 properties entering some stage of foreclosure nationwide in December. The national total represents a 9 percent decrease from the 120,334 foreclosures reported in November. The nation’s foreclosure rate decreased to one new foreclosure filing for every 1,055 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: Pre-foreclosures — Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Foreclosures — 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.

 

                  Connecticut Foreclosure Market by County – December 2006

 

County Name

NOD

NTS

NFS

LIS

REO

Total

1 in every # households

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

26,593

41,292

5,472

15,887

20,408

109,652

1,055

n/a

n/a

Connecticut

952

122

0

0

0

1,074

1,290

0.82

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfield

187

49

0

0

0

236

1,438

0.73

0.90

Hartford

243

30

0

0

0

273

1,293

0.82

1.00

Litchfield

53

7

0

0

0

60

1,321

0.80

0.98

Middlesex

71

6

0

0

0

77

874

1.21

1.48

New Haven

261

19

0

0

0

280

1,216

0.87

1.06

New London

67

0

0

0

0

67

1,652

0.64

0.78

Tolland

24

8

0

0

0

32

1,612

0.65

0.80

Windham

46

3

0

0

0

49

897

1.18

1.44

 

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 construction properties, with more than 1 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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Atomic Public Relations

415-402-0230

michelle.sabolich@atomicpr.com

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