Utah Foreclosure Activity Drops in February

Statewide foreclosure filings down 3 percent; rate is nation’s 4th highest

 

Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 3,488 Utah properties in February, a 3 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from January, but still 2 percent above the level reported for February 2010, according to the latest RealtyTrac® U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

 

Unemployment within the state recently rose to 7.7 percent, contributing to the number of foreclosure notices recorded. One in every 273 Utah housing units received a foreclosure filing in February, the nation’s fourth highest foreclosure rate for the month.

 

Iron County posts state’s top foreclosure rate in February

Iron County posted the highest foreclosure rate of all Utah counties, with one in every 117 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in February — 4.9 times the national average. Washington County had the second highest foreclosure rate, with one in every 163 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month — 3.5 times the national average. One in every 212 housing units in Summit County received a foreclosure filing, the third highest foreclosure rate in the state — 2.7 times the national average.

 

Salt Lake County records highest state foreclosure totals in February

Salt Lake County had the highest foreclosure total, reporting 1,533 properties with a foreclosure filing. Utah County reported 482 properties with foreclosure filings, the second highest foreclosure total in the state. Washington County came in third, reporting 350 properties with foreclosure filings. Weber County was fourth, tallying 280 properties with foreclosure filings. Fifth highest was Davis County, where 256 properties with foreclosure filings were reported for the month.

 

State a moderate contributor to nation’s foreclosure total in February

Two percent of the 225,101 properties with foreclosure filings reported nationwide in February were located in Utah. 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.

 

Utah 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

Utah

760

0

1,598

0

1,130

3,488

273

2.11

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iron

20

0

13

0

129

162

117

4.94

2.34

Washington

19

0

174

0

157

350

163

3.54

1.68

Summit

26

0

57

0

27

110

212

2.72

1.29

Uintah

2

0

35

0

16

53

215

2.68

1.27

Tooele

0

0

47

0

36

83

228

2.53

1.20

 

 

Utah 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

Utah

760

0

1,598

0

1,130

3,488

273

-3.14

1.69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt Lake

456

0

716

0

361

1,533

234

-4.01

7.13

Utah

171

0

105

0

206

482

299

-9.57

-16.17

Washington

19

0

174

0

157

350

163

0.57

-27.69

Weber

28

0

165

0

87

280

299

6.46

21.21

Davis

0

0

183

0

73

256

370

30.61

11.30

 

 

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