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National Mortgage Professional
May 28, 2008

RealtyTrac report: Foreclosure activity decreases four percent in FebruaryMortgagePress.comdefault notices, auction sale notices, bank repossessions Foreclosure activity up nearly 60 percent from February 2007 RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties, released its February 2008 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows foreclosure filings, such as default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions, were reported on 223,651 properties nationwide during the month. This is a four percent decrease from the previous month, but still nearly a 60 percent increase from February 2007. The report also shows one in every 557 U.S. households received a foreclosure filing during the month. "The four percent monthly decrease this February was similar to the six percent monthly decrease we saw in February 2007," said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. "However, the year-over-year increase of 60 percent this February was significantly higher than the 19 percent year-over-year increase in February 2007, indicating we have still not reached the peak of foreclosure activity in this cycle." Nevada, California, Florida post top state foreclosure rates Nevada continued to document the highest foreclosure rate among the states, with one in every 165 households receiving a foreclosure filing—more than three times the national average. Foreclosure filings were reported on a total of 6,167 Nevada properties during the month, up one percent from the previous month and up 68 percent from February 2007. California registered the nation's second highest state foreclosure rate in February, with one in every 242 households receiving a foreclosure filing during the month, and Florida registered the nation's third highest February foreclosure rate, with one in every 254 households receiving a foreclosure filing during the month. Both states documented foreclosure rates that were more than twice the national average. Arizona foreclosure activity was up six percent from the previous month and nearly 210 percent from February 2007, helping the state's February foreclosure rate—one in every 264 households received a foreclosure filing during the month—rank fourth highest in the nation. With one in every 305 households receiving a foreclosure filing in February, Colorado's foreclosure rate ranked fifth highest among the states, despite a one percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous month. The state's foreclosure activity was still up nearly 27 percent from February 2007. Other states with foreclosure rates among the nation's 10 highest were Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee. California, Florida, Texas report highest foreclosure totals Foreclosure filings were reported on a total of 53,629 California properties in February, the most of any state, despite a six percent decrease from the previous month. The state's foreclosure activity was still up 131 percent from February 2007. With foreclosure filings reported on a total of 32,447 properties, Florida documented the second highest state total in February. The state's foreclosure activity was up more than seven percent from the previous month and more than 69 percent from February 2007. Texas documented the third highest state total, 12,261 properties with foreclosure filings, despite a nearly 17 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous month and a one percent decrease in foreclosure activity from February 2007. With one in every 736 households receiving a foreclosure filing during the month, the state's foreclosure rate ranked number 17 among the states and was below the national average. Michigan and Ohio both reported more than 10,000 properties with foreclosure filings in February. Other states in the top 10 in terms of total properties with foreclosure filings reported were Arizona, Illinois, Georgia, Colorado and Nevada. California and Florida cities dominate top metro foreclosure rates California and Florida metro areas accounted for nine of the top 10 metro foreclosure rates in February. The Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. metro area documented the highest February foreclosure rate among the 229 metro areas tracked in the report, with one in every 84 households receiving a foreclosure filing, which is 6.7 times the national average. The other Florida metro area in the top 10 was Fort Lauderdale, which ranked number 10. The Stockton, Calif. metro area documented the second highest metro foreclosure rate, with one in every 87 households receiving a foreclosure filing in February. Other California metro areas in the top 10 were Modesto, Calif. at number three; Merced, Calif. at number four; Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif. at number five; Bakersfield, Calif. at number seven; Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif. at number eight; and Sacramento, Calif. at number nine. Las Vegas was the only metro area in the top 10 that was not in California or Florida. With one in every 131 households receiving a foreclosure filing in February, the city's foreclosure rate ranked number six. For more information, visit www.realtytrac.com.
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