Foreclosure Activity on Slow Burn

Activity  Inches Up After ThreeStraight Quarterly Decreases FollowingRobo-Signing
   Foreclosure  Processing and Sales Timelines Hit RecordHighs

IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 13, 2011– RealtyTrac® (, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today releasedits  U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for the third quarter of 2011,which shows  foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctionsand bank repossessions — were reported on 610,337 properties in the thirdquarter,  an increase of less than 1 percent from the previous quarterand a decrease of  34 percent from the third quarter of 2010. Thereport shows one in every 213  U.S. housing units with a foreclosurefiling during the quarter.

Foreclosure filings were reportedon 214,855 U.S.  properties in September, a 6 percent decrease fromAugust and a 38 percent  decrease from September 2010. September marked  the 12th straight month where foreclosure activitydecreased on a  year-over-year basis.

“U.S.foreclosure activity has been mired down  since October of last year,when the robo-signing controversy sparked a flurry  of investigationsinto lender foreclosure procedures and paperwork,” said James Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “While foreclosure activityin  September and the third quarter continued to register well belowlevels from a  year ago, there is evidence that this temporarydownward trend is about to  change direction, with foreclosureactivity slowly beginning to ramp back up.

“Third quarterforeclosure activity increased  marginally from the previous quarter,breaking a trend of three consecutive  quarterly decreases thatstarted in the fourth quarter of 2010,” Saccacio  continued. “Thismarginal increase in overall foreclosure activity was fueled  by a 14percent jump in new default notices, indicating that lenders are cautiously throwing more wood into the foreclosure fireplace after spendingmonths  trying to clear the chimney of sloppily filedforeclosures.”

Foreclosure Processing and SalesTimelines Hit Record Highs
U.S. properties foreclosedin the third quarter  took an average of 336 days to complete theforeclosure process, up from 318  days in the second quarter and thehighest number of days going back to the  first quarter of2007.

New York properties foreclosed in the thirdquarter  took an average of 986 days to complete the foreclosureprocess, the longest of  any state and a record high for the state.The second longest average  foreclosure process was in New Jersey, at974 days, and the third longest  average foreclosure process was inFlorida, at 749 days.

Texas registered the shortest averageforeclosure  process of any state, at 86 days, down from 92 days inthe second quarter but  still up from 53 days in the third quarter of2007. Kentucky properties  foreclosed in the third quarter took anaverage of 94 days to complete the  foreclosure process, the secondshortest among the states, and Virginia  properties foreclosed in thethird quarter took an average of 102 days to  complete the foreclosureprocess, the third shortest among the states.

The averagetime to sell foreclosures also hit a  record high in the third quarter.Properties in the foreclosure process that  sold during the thirdquarter (usually short sales) took an average of 318 days  to sellafter entering the foreclosure process, up from 245 days in the previous quarter. Bank-owned properties sold in the third quarter tookan  average of 193 days to sell after being repossessed by the bank,up from 178  days in the secondquarter.

Foreclosure Activity byType
Default notices (NOD, LIS) were filed on 195,878 U.S. properties in the thirdquarter,  up 14 percent from the previous quarter but down 27 percentfrom the third  quarter of 2010. In September, default notices werefiled on 70,710 U.S.  properties, down 10 percent from a nine-monthhigh in August and down 31  percent from September2010.

Some of the states with the biggest quarterly increases in default notices included Massachusetts, with a 65percent  quarter-over-quarter increase; New Jersey, with a 29 percentincrease; Florida,  with a 24 percent increase; Ohio, with a 21percent increase; and California,  also with a 21 percentincrease.

Foreclosure auctions (NTS, NFS) were scheduled for the first time for 217,929U.S.  properties in the third quarter, down 6 percent from theprevious quarter and down  41 percent from the third quarter of 2010.In September, foreclosure auctions  were scheduled for the first timefor 79,098 U.S. properties, down 6 percent  from August and down 45percent from September 2010.

Lenders foreclosed on 196,530U.S. properties  during the third quarter, a 4 percent decrease fromthe previous quarter and a  32 percent decrease from the third quarterof 2010. In September, lenders  foreclosed on 65,047 U.S. properties,an increase of less than 1 percent from  August but down 36 percentfrom September 2010, when REO activity hit a monthly  peak of 102,134bank repossessions.

A handful of states posted significantquarterly  increases in REO activity in the third quarter, bucking thenational trend.  Those states included Massachusetts, with a 62percent quarter-over-quarter  increase; Oregon, with a 47 percentincrease; Georgia, with a 42 percent  increase; and Illinois, with a27 percent increase.

Nevada, California,Arizona post top state  foreclosurerates
Nevadaposted  the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate — one in every 44housing units  with a foreclosure filing in the third quarter. OverallNevada foreclosure  activity decreased from the previous quarterthanks to decreases in scheduled  auctions and REOs, but defaultnotices in Nevada increased 15 percent from the  second quarter to thethird quarter — boosted in part by a 16 percent  month-over-monthincrease in defaults in September.

Californiadefault activity also increased on a quarterly basis, and the statedocumented  the nation’s second highest foreclosure rate — one inevery 88 housing units with  a foreclosure filing during thequarter.

One in every 93 Arizona  housing units hada foreclosure filing in the third quarter, the nation’s third  higheststate foreclosure rate. Arizonaforeclosure  activity dropped 25 percent from the previousquarter and was down nearly  40 percent from the third quarter of2010.

Other states with  foreclosure rates rankingamong the top 10 in the third quarter were Georgia,  Florida, Utah,Michigan, Idaho, Illinois and Colorado.

TopForeclosure Activity Totals
California’s153,051  properties with foreclosure filings in the third quarter wasthe highest total  of any state and accounted for one in every fourproperties with foreclosure  filings nationwide during the quarter.

Floridaaccounted for one  in every 9 properties with foreclosure filingsnationwide during the third quarter,  with a total of 67,886 — thesecond highest of any state and an increase of 15  percent from theprevious quarter. The quarterly increase was driven by a 24  percentincrease in new default notices and a 14 percent increase in bank repossessions. Despite the quarterly increase, Floridaforeclosure  activity in the third quarter was still down 57percent from the third  quarter of 2010.

A 21percent quarterly  increase in overall foreclosure activity — caused largelyby a 42 percent  increase in REOs — helped Georgia secure the nation’sthird highest overall  foreclosure activity total during the thirdquarter. There were a total of  33,637 Georgia properties withforeclosure filings during the quarter, still  down 18 percent fromthe third quarter of 2010.

Other states with foreclosure activity totals among the nation’s 10 highest wereIllinois  (32,297), Michigan (31,179), Arizona (29,701), Texas (27,860),Nevada (25,900),  Ohio (24,166) and Colorado(12,918).

Foreclosure Starts Up in 21 of 25Metros with  Highest ForeclosureRates
Foreclosure filings initiating  theforeclosure process (either defaults or scheduled auctions, dependingon  the state foreclosure process) increased on a quarterly basis inthe third  quarter in 21 of the 25 metro areas with the highestforeclosure rates among  metropolitan areas with a population of200,000 or more.

The only top 20 metro  areas whereforeclosure starts decreased from the previous quarter were the Arizona cities of Phoenix and Prescott, along with Greeley, Colo., andBoise,  Idaho.

California cities  accountedfor 15 of the top 25 metro foreclosure rates, led by Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 2, with one in every 51 housing units with a foreclosure filing during the third quarter. Not far behind were Stocktonat  No. 3 (one in 52 housing units), Modesto at No. 4 (one in 53housing units),  and Riverside-San Bernardino at No. 5 (one in 56housing units).

Nevada cities accounted  for two ofthe top 25 metro foreclosure rates, led by Las Vegas at No. 1, with one in every 39 housing units with a foreclosure filing during thethird  quarter. Reno-Sparks, Nev., ranked No. 9, with one in every 67housing units  with a foreclosure filing.

TwoFlorida cities also  posted foreclosure rates in the top 25: CapeCoral-Fort Myers at No. 15, with  one in every 92 housing units with aforeclosure filing in the third quarter;  and Miami at No. 23, withone in every 108 housing units with a foreclosure filing.

The two remaining cities  in the top 25 wereAtlanta at No. 14 (one in every 89 housing units), and  Detroit at No.22 (one in every 108 housing units).

The RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure MarketReport  provides a count of the total number of properties with atleast one  foreclosure filing entered into the RealtyTrac databaseduring the month and  quarter — broken out by type of filing. Someforeclosure filings entered into  the database during a month orquarter may have been recorded in previous  months or quarters. Datais collected from more than 2,200 counties nationwide,  and thosecounties account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. population.RealtyTrac’s  report incorporates documents filed in all three phasesof foreclosure: DefaultNoticeof Default (NOD) and LisPendens (LIS); Auction — Notice of Trustee Saleand Notice of Foreclosure Sale (NTS and  NFS); and RealEstate Owned, or REOproperties (that have been foreclosed on and repurchased bya  bank). For the quarterly report, if more than one foreclosuredocument is  received for a property during the quarter, only the mostrecent filing is  counted in the report. Both the quarterly andmonthly reports check if the same  type of document was filed againsta property previously. If so, and if that  previous filing occurredwithin the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the  state where theproperty is located, the report does not count the property in  thecurrent month or quarter.

The RealtyTrac U.S.Foreclosure Market Report is  the result of a proprietary evaluationof information compiled by RealtyTrac;  the report and any of theinformation in whole or in part can only be quoted,  copied,published, re-published, distributed and/or re-distributed or used in any manner if the user specifically references RealtyTrac as the sourcefor  said report and/or any of the information set forth within thereport.

AboutRealtyTrac Inc.
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