Georgia Foreclosure Activity Rises in February

Statewide filings up slightly; rate remains Nation’s 6th highest

 

Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 12,807 Georgia properties in February, a slight increase in foreclosure activity from January and 5 percent above the level reported for February 2010, according to the latest RealtyTrac® U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

 

One in every 317 Georgia housing units received a foreclosure filing in February, the nation’s sixth highest foreclosure rate for the month. Unemployment within the state remained high at 10.2 percent, even with a recent decrease.

 

California led the nation in total foreclosure activity, reporting 56,229 properties with a foreclosure filing. Florida held the second spot, with 18,760 properties with foreclosure filings for the month. Arizona was third highest, tallying 15,485 properties with foreclosure filings. Fourth highest foreclosure total was reported in Michigan, where 14,003 properties with foreclosure filings were reported for the month.

 

The remaining states in the nation’s top 10 for total foreclosure activity in February included Texas (11,562), Illinois (9,592), Nevada (9,553), Ohio (8,598) and Wisconsin (4,478). The top 10 states accounted for 72 percent of the nation’s total foreclosure activity for the month.

 

Newton County posts state’s top foreclosure rate in February

With one in every 139 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in February — 4.2 times the national average and 2.3 times the state average — Newton County posted the highest foreclosure rate of all Georgia counties. Henry County had the second highest rate, with one in every 140 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month — 4.2 times the national average and 2.3 times the state average. One in every 163 housing units in Douglas County received a foreclosure filing, the third highest foreclosure rate in the state — 3.6 times the national average and twice the state average.

 

Gwinnett County records highest state foreclosure totals in February

Gwinnett County also had the highest total, reporting 1,664 properties with a foreclosure filing. Fulton County reported 1,494 properties with foreclosure filings, the second highest foreclosure total in the state. Dekalb County came in third, reporting 1,234 properties with foreclosure filings. Cobb County was fourth, tallying 923 properties with foreclosure filings. Fifth highest was Clayton County, where 584 properties with foreclosure filings were reported for the month.

 

State the fifth largest contributor to nation’s foreclosure total in February

Six percent of the 225,101 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in February were located in Georgia. Total U.S. activity decreased by nearly 14 percent from January, and was down 27 percent from the level reported in February 2010. One in every 577 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month.

 

“Foreclosure activity dropped to a 36-month low in February as allegations of improper foreclosure processing continued to dog the mortgage servicing industry and disrupt court dockets,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “While a small part of February’s decrease can be attributed to it being a short month and bad weather, the bottom line is that the industry is in the midst of a major overhaul that has severely restricted its capacity to process foreclosures. We expect to see the numbers bounce back, but that will likely take several months. And monthly volume may never return to its peak in March 2010 of more than 367,000 properties receiving foreclosure filings.”

 

Report methodology

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.

 

For current news and information regarding foreclosure-related issues and trends, check out our blog at www.ForeclosurePulse.com.

 

Georgia Top Foreclosure Rates By County – February 2011

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HU (rate)

/Natl. Avg.

/State Avg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

32,184

30,981

79,195

18,098

64,643

225,101

577

n/a

n/a

Georgia

0

0

9,797

0

3,010

12,807

317

1.82

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newton

0

0

184

0

88

272

139

4.15

2.28

Henry

0

0

400

0

126

526

140

4.11

2.26

Douglas

0

0

247

0

59

306

163

3.55

1.95

Walton

0

0

148

0

42

190

171

3.38

1.86

Gwinnett

0

0

1,197

0

467

1,664

174

3.33

1.83

 

 

Georgia Top Foreclosure Totals by County – February 2011

 

County

NOD

LIS

NTS

NFS

REO

Total

1/every X HU (rate)

% Chg Jan 11

% Chg Feb 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

32,184

30,981

79,195

18,098

64,643

225,101

577

-13.86

-27.04

Georgia

0

0

9,797

0

3,010

12,807

317

0.27

5.17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gwinnett

0

0

1,197

0

467

1,664

174

21.55

14.60

Fulton

0

0

1,177

0

317

1,494

298

-7.49

-9.40

Dekalb

0

0

956

0

278

1,234

254

-6.87

8.44

Cobb

0

0

701

0

222

923

304

-10.39

-7.14

Clayton

0

0

467

0

117

584

184

6.18

14.96

 

 

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