WISCONSIN FORECLOSURES DOWN 33 PERCENT IN DECEMBER

ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC™ U.S. FORECLOSURE MARKET REPORT

 

State’s Activity Level Up 41 Percent From a Year Ago

 

IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 15, 2007 – Wisconsin reported 589 properties entering some stage of the foreclosure process in December, a 33 percent decrease from the 881 properties reported in November, but still a 41 percent increase from the 419 properties reported for the same month last year, according to the RealtyTrac™ U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

 

RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with over 700,000 properties from nearly 2,500 counties across the country, and is the foreclosure data provider to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate and The Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate Journal.

 

“Although Wisconsin foreclosures decreased in December, the numbers are still up significantly from this time last year,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Statistics show that the state’s unemployment rate was slightly above the national average, and that its home price appreciation was below the national average. Both of these factors are contributing to the overall rise in foreclosures.”

 

Wisconsin ranked 26th in the country in total foreclosures reported for December. The state’s foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure filing for every 3,910 households ranks it 32nd among the 50 states.

 

Milwaukee County accounts for largest share of state total

Milwaukee County led the state in total foreclosures for the month, with 280 properties entering some stage of the foreclosure process. Dane County documented the second highest total, with 36 properties entering some stage of the foreclosure process. Brown County held the third highest total, reporting 32 properties in the foreclosure pipeline.

 

State’s top foreclosure rate found in Saint Croix County

Saint Croix County posted the state’s highest foreclosure rate for December, with one new foreclosure filing for every 1,055 households — 3.7 times the state average and on par with the national average. Milwaukee County posted the second highest foreclosure rate, with one new foreclosure filing for every 1,429 households — 2.7 times the state average. Shawano County posted the third highest foreclosure rate, with one new foreclosure filing for every 1,665 households — 2.4 times the state average.

 

State contributes less than 1 percent to national total

Wisconsin’s foreclosure activity accounted for less than 1 percent of the 109,652 properties entering some stage of foreclosure nationwide in December. The national total represents a 9 percent decrease from the 120,334 foreclosures reported in November. The nation’s foreclosure rate decreased to one new foreclosure filing for every 1,055 households during the month.

 

The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides the total number of homes in some stage of foreclosure nationwide, by state and by county. RealtyTrac’s report includes properties in all three phases of foreclosure: Pre-foreclosures — Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Foreclosures — 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).

 

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

 

              Wisconsin Foreclosure Market by County – December 2006

 

County Name

NOD

NTS

NFS

LIS

REO

Total

1 in every # households

/National Average

/State Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

26,593

41,292

5,472

15,887

20,408

109,652

1,055

n/a

n/a

Wisconsin

335

222

0

0

32

589

3,910

0.27

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adams

1

0

0

0

0

1

14,123

0.07

0.28

Ashland

1

0

0

0

0

1

8,883

0.12

0.44

Barron

0

6

0

0

0

6

3,495

0.30

1.12

Brown

2

30

0

0

0

32

2,819

0.37

1.39

Burnett

1

0

0

0

0

1

12,582

0.08

0.31

Calumet

5

0

0

0

0

5

3,152

0.33

1.24

Chippewa

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Columbia

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Crawford

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Dane

11

21

0

0

4

36

5,011

0.21

0.78

Dodge

11

1

0

0

3

15

2,245

0.47

1.74

Douglas

0

1

0

0

0

1

2,036

0.52

1.92

Dunn

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Eau Claire

0

16

0

0

0

16

2,342

0.45

1.67

Fond Du Lac

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Green

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Green Lake

0

5

0

0

0

5

1,966

0.54

1.99

Iowa

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Jefferson

5

1

0

0

0

6

5,015

0.21

0.78

Kenosha

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Kewaunee

0

4

0

0

0

4

2,055

0.51

1.90

La Crosse

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Langlade

0

1

0

0

0

1

11,187

0.09

0.35

Lincoln

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Manitowoc

2

0

0

0

0

2

17,326

0.06

0.23

Marathon

0

2

0

0

0

2

25,180

0.04

0.16

Marquette

0

1

0

0

0

1

8,664

0.12

0.45

Milwaukee

252

11

0

0

17

280

1,429

0.74

2.74

Monroe

1

0

0

0

0

1

16,672

0.06

0.23

Outagamie

2

1

0

0

0

3

20,871

0.05

0.19

Ozaukee

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Pierce

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Polk

1

5

0

0

0

6

3,522

0.30

1.11

Portage

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Price

0

1

0

0

0

1

9,574

0.11

0.41

Racine

5

23

0

0

0

28

2,669

0.40

1.47

Rock

1

2

0

0

0

3

20,729

0.05

0.19

Saint Croix

1

22

0

0

0

23

1,055

1.00

3.71

Sauk

6

0

0

0

1

7

3,471

0.30

1.13

Shawano

0

11

0

0

0

11

1,665

0.63

2.35

Sheboygan

1

12

0

0

0

13

3,534

0.30

1.11

Trempealeau

1

1

0

0

0

2

5,741

0.18

0.68

Vernon

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Walworth

0

1

0

0

0

1

43,783

0.02

0.09

Washburn

0

0

0

0

0

0

n/a

0.00

0.00

Washington

0

3

0

0

0

3

15,269

0.07

0.26

Waukesha

22

2

0

0

4

28

5,011

0.21

0.78

Waupaca

1

5

0

0

1

7

3,215

0.33

1.22

Waushara

0

7

0

0

0

7

1,952

0.54

2.00

Winnebago

2

26

0

0

2

30

2,157

0.49

1.81

 

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Founded in 1996, RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure, foreclosure, For Sale By Owner, resale and new construction properties, with more than 1 million properties across the country, property reports, productivity tools and extensive professional resources. RealtyTrac hosts nearly 3 million unique visitors monthly and has been chosen to supply foreclosure data to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate and The Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate Journal. For more information, visit www.realtytrac.com.

 

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