RealtyTrac report: Foreclosure activity increases five percent in MarchMortgagePress.comRealtyTrac, March, Foreclosure Market Report, RealtyTrac has released its March 2008 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows foreclosure filings--default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions--were reported on 234,685 properties nationwide during the month, a five percent increase from the previous month and a 57 percent increase from March 2007. The report also shows one in every 538 U.S. households received a foreclosure filing during the month. RealtyTrac publishes a national database of foreclosure and bank-owned properties, with more than one million 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 Journals Real Estate Journal. The March numbers show that overall foreclosure activity so far this year continues to run nearly 60 percent above the levels we saw last year, said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. On a year-over-year basis, default notices were up nearly 57 percent and bank repossessions were up nearly 129 percent, but auction notices were up only 32 percent, indicating that more defaulting homeowners are simply walking away and deeding their properties back to the foreclosing lender. This deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure process allows the lender to take possession of a property without putting it up for public foreclosure auction. Nevada, California, Florida post top state foreclosure rates One in every 139 Nevada households received a foreclosure filing during March, 3.9 times the national average and the highest state foreclosure rate for the 15th consecutive month. Foreclosure filings were reported on a total of 7,659 properties during the month, up 24 percent from the previous month and up nearly 62 percent from March 2007. Foreclosure rates in California and Florida ranked second and third highest respectively among the states for the fourth straight month. One in every 204 California households received a foreclosure filing in March 2.6 times the national average--and one in every 282 Florida households received a foreclosure filing during the month--1.9 times the national average. Despite a nearly five percent monthly dip in foreclosure activity, Arizona posted the nations fourth highest state foreclosure rate for the third straight month, with one in every 283 households receiving a foreclosure filing in March. Foreclosure filings were reported on 9,199 properties during the month, up nearly 106 percent from March 2007. Colorado foreclosure activity decreased 8 percent from the previous month and 1 percent from March 2007, but the states foreclosure rate continued to rank fifth highest among the states. Foreclosure filings were reported on 6,180 Colorado properties during the month one in every 339 total households. Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the top 10 were Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts and Maryland. California, Florida, Ohio report highest foreclosure totals Foreclosure filings were reported on 64,711 California properties in March, the most of any state for the 15th consecutive month. California foreclosure activity increased nearly 21 percent from the previous month and almost 106 percent from March 2007. Florida posted the nations second highest total, with foreclosure filings reported on 30,254 properties in March. The states foreclosure activity decreased nearly seven percent from the previous month but was still up almost 112 percent from March 2007. Ohio and Georgia both registered month-to-month and year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity, and foreclosure filings were reported on more than 11,000 properties in both states. Ohios total of 11,273 was the nations third highest, and one in every 448 Ohio households received a foreclosure filing during the month--ranking its foreclosure rate number seven among the states. Georgias total of 11,047 was the nations fourth highest, and one in every 351 Georgia households received a foreclosure filing during the month--ranking its foreclosure rate number six among the states. Foreclosure filings were reported on a total of 10,700 Texas properties in March, a nearly 13 percent decrease from the previous month and a 16 percent decrease from March 2007, and the states total dropped to fifth highest among the states. Other states in the top 10 for total properties with filings were Michigan, Arizona, Illinois, Nevada and Colorado. Report methodology The RealtyTrac Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing reported during the month broken out by type of filing at the state and national level. Data is also available at the individual county level. RealtyTracs 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 filed against a property during the month which is extremely rare 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 more information, visit www.realtytrac.com or visit www.ForeclosurePulse.com.
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