Statewide foreclosure filings slide 12 percent from second half of 2010
State’s foreclosure rate nation’s 26th highest at midyear
Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 55,442 Texas properties during the first six months of 2011, a 12 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 26th highest foreclosure rate nationally, reporting 0.57 percent of its housing units received a foreclosure filing during the six-month period.
Foreclosure filings were reported on 9,337 Texas properties in June, up 3 percent from May but down 23 percent from June 2010. One in every 1,041 Texas housing units received a foreclosure filing in June, the 27th highest state foreclosure rate in the nation.
Trailing behind Illinois (60,636) in seventh place Texas reported 55,442 properties with foreclosure filings, while Nevada followed closely in eighth with 53,217 filings. Reporting the ninth largest total for the month was Ohio with 44,419 properties with foreclosure filings while Colorado rounded out the nation’s top ten with 25,744 filings. The top half of the nation’s highest 10 states for the first half of 2011 included California (26,350), Florida (113,631), Arizona (77,525), Michigan (61,005) and Georgia (60,870). The nation’s top 10 accounted for 70 percent of the nation’s total for the first half of the year.
Kaufman County posts state’s top foreclosure rate in first half of 2011
Kaufman County posted the highest foreclosure rate of all Texas counties, with one in every 55 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in the first half of the year — 3.2 times the state average. Rockwall County came in second highest, with a rate of one in every 75 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing up through the midyear period — 2.3 times the state average. Bastrop County was third highest for the six-month period, with one in every 85 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing — 2.1 times the state average.
Harris County dominates state foreclosure totals in first half of year
Harris County led all counties, reporting 11,954 properties with foreclosure filings for the midyear period. Dallas County was second highest, reporting 7,238 properties with foreclosure filings. Tarrant County came in third, tallying 4,955 properties with foreclosure filings. Fourth highest was Bexar County, where 3,904 properties with foreclosure filings were reported. Travis County was fifth, reporting 2,621 properties with foreclosure filings for the first half of the year.
State contributes 5 percent to nation’s foreclosure total in first half of 2011
Texas accounted for 5 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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Texas Market Data By County – Midyear 2011
Total Properties with Filings
% Housing Units
1 every X HU
% chg July-Dec 10
% chg Jan-June 2010
Texas Market Data by County – June 2011
1/every X HU (rate)
% Chg May 11
% Chg June 10