Statewide filings climb 38 percent from second half of 2010
Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 8,101 Iowa properties during the first six months of 2011, a 38 percent rise from the second half of 2010 and 149 percent above the level reported for the first half of last year, according to the Midyear 2011 Foreclosure Market Report just released by RealtyTrac®.
Foreclosure filings were reported on 1,303 Iowa properties in June, down almost 15 percent from May but up 75 percent from June 2010. One in every 1,032 Iowa housing units received a foreclosure filing in June, the 26th highest state foreclosure rate in the nation.
Polk County posts state’s top foreclosure rate in first half of 2011
One in every 84 housing units in Polk County received a foreclosure filing in the first half of the year — 1.3 times the national average and twice the state average — the highest foreclosure rate of all Iowa counties. Madison County came in second highest, with a rate of one in every 87 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing up through the midyear period — 1.3 times the national average and 1.9 times the state average. Pottawattamie County was third highest for the six-month period, with one in every 95 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing — 1.2 times the national average and 1.7 times the state average.
Polk County dominates state foreclosure totals in first half of year
Polk County led the state with the highest total foreclosure activity at midyear, reporting 2,224 properties with foreclosure filings. Linn County was second highest, reporting 501 properties with foreclosure filings. Scott County came in third, tallying 460 properties with foreclosure filings. Fourth highest was Pottawattamie County, where 420 properties with foreclosure filings were reported. Woodbury County was fifth, reporting 305 properties with foreclosure filings for the first half of the year.
State contributes less than 1 percent to nation’s foreclosure total in first half of 2011
Iowa accounted for less than 1 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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Iowa Market Data By County – Midyear 2011
Total Properties with Filings
% Housing Units
1 every X HU
% chg July-Dec 10
% chg Jan-June 2010
Iowa Market Data by County – June 2011
1/every X HU (rate)
% Chg May 11
% Chg June 10