Nearly 4,200 Properties Receive Foreclosure Filings During The Year


IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 28, 2009 – Foreclosure filings were reported on 4,182 District of Columbia properties in 2008, an increase of 438 percent from 2007 and 3,245 percent above the activity level reported in 2006, according to the latest RealtyTrac® U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.


The District reported 302 properties with foreclosure filings in December, down 12 percent from the previous month but still a 14 percent increase over December 2007.


RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of foreclosure and bank-owned properties, with over 1.5 million properties from over 2,200 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.


“Foreclosures throughout the District were five times higher last year than they were in 2007,” said James J. Sacaccio, chief executive officer of Realtytrac. “Unemployment throughout the region skyrocketed, and home values and sales continued to decline. It will likely be some time still before we see these trends begin to change.”


The District a minor contributor to nation’s foreclosure total for 2008

The District of Columbia accounted for less than 1 percent of the 2,330,483 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in 2008. The national total represented an increase of more than 81 percent from the total reported for 2007. For the year 1.84 percent of all U.S. housing units received at least one foreclosure filing, up from 1.03 percent in 2007.


Report methodology

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing reported during the month — broken out by type of filing at the county, state and national level. 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 filed against a property during the month — which is extremely rare — 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.


                    District of Columbia Foreclosure Market Data – Yearend 2008


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Total Properties With Foreclosure Filings

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About RealtyTrac Inc.

Ranked as the third largest real estate site by MediaMetrix, and No. 53 on Inc. magazine’s 2006 Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies, RealtyTrac Inc. (www.realtytrac.com), is the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, providing all the resources that home seekers, investors and real estate agents need to locate, evaluate and buy properties below market value.


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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Michelle Sabolich

Atomic Public Relations




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