Statewide filings slide 18 percent from second half of 2010
State’s foreclosure rate nation’s 9th highest at midyear
Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 25,744 Colorado properties during the first six months of 2011, an 18 percent drop from the second half of 2010 and almost 15 percent below the level reported for the first half of last year, according to the Midyear 2011 Foreclosure Market Report just released by RealtyTrac®. The state had the ninth highest foreclosure rate nationally, reporting 1.19 percent of its housing units received a foreclosure filing during the six-month period.
Foreclosure filings were reported on 4,357 Colorado properties in June, up 4 percent from May but down 5 percent from June 2010. One in every 498 Colorado housing units received a foreclosure filing in June, the 10th highest state foreclosure rate in the nation.
California continues to lead the nation in total foreclosures by a wide margin, reporting more than 263,500 properties with a foreclosure filing, double the state with the second highest foreclosure level, Florida, where 113,631 properties with foreclosure filings were tallied. Third highest semiannual total was in Arizona, reporting 77,525 properties with foreclosure filings. Michigan barely beat out Georgia for fourth highest total, reporting 61,005 properties with foreclosure filings compared to the 60,870 properties with foreclosure filings reported by The Peach State.
The remaining states in the nation’s top 10 foreclosure totals during the first half of 2011 included Illinois (60,636), Texas (55,442), Nevada (53,217), Ohio (44,419) and Colorado in 10th place. The nation’s top 10 accounted for 70 percent of the nation’s total for the first half of the year.
Weld County posts state’s top foreclosure rate in first half of 2011
One in every 49 housing units in Weld County received a foreclosure filing in the first half of the year — 2.3 times the national average and 1.7 times the state average — the highest foreclosure rate of all Colorado counties. Garfield County came in second highest, with a rate of one in every 50 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing up through the midyear period — 2.2 times the national average and 1.7 times the state average. Adams County was third highest for the six-month period, with one in every 52 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing — 2.1 times the national average and 1.6 times the state average.
Arapahoe County dominates state foreclosure totals in first half of year
Arapahoe County led the state in total foreclosure activity, reporting 3,299 properties with foreclosure filings for the midyear period. Adams County was second highest, reporting 3,119 properties with foreclosure filings. Denver County came in third, tallying 2,859 properties with foreclosure filings. Fourth highest was El Paso County, where 2,856 properties with foreclosure filings were reported. Jefferson County was fifth, reporting 2,440 properties with foreclosure filings for the first half of the year.
State contributes to nation’s foreclosure total in first half of 2011
Colorado accounted for 2 percent of the 1,170,402 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide for the first half of 2011. Total U.S. activity decreased 25 percent from the second half of 2010, and was down 29 percent from the level reported for the first half of 2010. One in every 111 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the first six months of the year.
“It would be nice to report that foreclosure activity is dropping as a result of improvements in the economy or the housing market,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Unfortunately, with unemployment rates inching back up, consumer confidence weak and home sales and prices continuing to languish, this doesn’t appear to be the case.
“Processing and procedural delays are pushing foreclosures further and further out – we estimate that as many as 1 million foreclosure actions that should have taken place in 2011 will now happen in 2012, or perhaps even later. This casts an ominous shadow over the housing market, where recovery is unlikely to happen until the current and forthcoming inventory of distressed properties can be whittled down to a manageable number.”
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.
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Colorado Market Data By County – Midyear 2011
Total Properties with Filings
% Housing Units
1 every X HU
% chg July-Dec 10
% chg Jan-June 2010
Colorado Market Data by County – June 2011
1/every X HU (rate)
% Chg May 11
% Chg June 10