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Foreclosures See 25 Percent Drop from First Half of 2011

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Jul 18, 2011

RealtyTrac has released its Midyear 2011 Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 1,170,402 U.S. properties received foreclosure filings—default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions—in the first six months of 2011, a 25 percent decrease from the previous six months and a 29 percent decrease from the first half of 2010. The report also shows that 0.90 percent of all U.S. housing units (one in 111) had at least one foreclosure filing in the first half of the year. Foreclosure filings were reported on 222,740 U.S. properties in June, an increase of nearly four percent from the previous month, but a decrease of 29 percent from June 2010. June was the ninth straight month where foreclosure activity decreased on a year-over-year basis. Default notices, scheduled auctions and real estate-owned (REO) properties were all up on a month-over-month basis but down on a year-over-year basis in June. Foreclosure filings were reported on 608,235 U.S. properties during the second quarter, a decrease of nearly 11 percent from the first quarter and a decrease of 32 percent from the second quarter of 2010. The second quarter total was the lowest quarterly total since the fourth quarter of 2007. All categories of foreclosure were down both on quarterly basis and annual basis in the second quarter. “It would be nice to report that foreclosure activity is dropping as a result of improvements in the economy or the housing market,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Unfortunately, with unemployment rates inching back up, consumer confidence weak and home sales and prices continuing to languish, this doesn’t appear to be the case. Nearly five percent of all Nevada housing units (one in 21) received at least one foreclosure filing in the first half of 2011, giving Nevada the nation’s highest foreclosure rate during the six-month period despite continued decreases in foreclosure activity. A total of 53,217 Nevada properties received a foreclosure filing from January to June, a decrease of 17 percent from both the previous six months as well as from the first six months of 2010. Overall Nevada foreclosure activity decreased on a year-over-year basis for the fifth straight month in June despite a 19 percent year-over-year spike in REO activity. Arizona registered the nation’s second highest state foreclosure rate in the first half of 2010, with 2.82 percent of its housing units (one in 36) receiving a foreclosure filing, and California registered the nation’s third highest state foreclosure rate, with 1.96 percent of its housing units (one in 51) receiving a foreclosure filing during the six months. Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the nation’s 10 highest were Utah (1.65 percent), Georgia (1.50 percent), Idaho (1.49 percent), Michigan (1.34 percent), Florida (1.28 percent), Colorado (1.19 percent), and Illinois (1.15 percent). A total of 263,500 California properties received a foreclosure filing in the first half of 2011, the nation’s highest total but down 13 percent from the previous six months and down nearly 23 percent from the first half of 2010. California foreclosure activity decreased on a year-over-year basis for the 19th straight month in June, but default notices and REOs increased on a month-over-month basis, continuing a sawtooth pattern in the monthly numbers. With 113,641 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in the first six months of 2011, Florida documented the second highest state total despite a nearly 55 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous six months and a nearly 59 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the first half of 2010. Florida foreclosure activity decreased on a year-over-year basis for the eighth straight month in June, but default notices spiked 44 percent from May and scheduled auctions jumped 17 percent from May. Arizona’s 77,525 properties with foreclosure filings in the first six months of 2011 was the third highest state total. The state’s foreclosure activity decreased nearly 7 percent from the previous six months and was down 15 percent from the first half of 2010. Other states with first-half totals among the 10 highest in the country were Michigan (61,005), Georgia (60,870), Illinois (60,636), Texas (55,442), Nevada (53,217), Ohio (44,419), and Colorado (25,744). U.S. properties foreclosed in the second quarter were in the foreclosure process an average of 318 days from the initial foreclosure notice to the completed foreclosure, up from a revised 298 days in the first quarter and up from 277 days in the second quarter of 2010. The foreclosure process took the longest in New York, at 966 days on average for properties foreclosed in the second quarter, followed by New Jersey at 944 days and Florida at 676 days. Texas posted the shortest foreclosure timeline, at 92 days for properties foreclosed in the second quarter, followed by Virginia at 106 days. REO properties that sold in the second quarter took an average of 178 days to sell from the time they were foreclosed, up slightly from 176 days in the first quarter and up from 164 days in the second quarter of 2010. REO properties took the longest to sell in New York, at 309 days, followed by New Jersey at 285 days and Minnesota at 268 days. U.S. properties in the foreclosure process that sold in second quarter (typically short sales) took an average of 213 days to sell from the time they entered the foreclosure process, down from 228 days in the first quarter but up from 195 days in the second quarter of 2010.
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