|U.S. Foreclosure Activity at Lowest Level Since July 2006|
|RISMEDIA, Friday, March 20, 2015— RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for February 2015, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 101,938 U.S. properties in February, a decrease of 4 percent from revised January numbers and down 9 percent from a year ago to the lowest level since July 2006. The report also shows a U.S. foreclosure rate of one in every 1,295 housing units with a foreclosure filing in February.
“Given that August 2006 was the peak of the housing bubble, this eight-and-a-half year low in foreclosure activity is a significant milestone and a sign that nationwide foreclosure activity is on track to return to historic norms this year—and is possibly even headed below historic norms given the skinny-jeans-tight lending standards over the past five years,” says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “In markets where foreclosures were processed more efficiently we are seeing foreclosure numbers now below pre-crisis levels in some cases. Conversely, the cleanup of deferred distress is continuing in markets where a logjam of in-limbo foreclosures is still lingering from the housing crisis—as evidenced by rebounding foreclosure activity in those markets.”
Despite the national decrease from a year ago, 24 states posted a year-over-year increase in overall foreclosure activity, including Massachusetts (up 53 percent; fifth consecutive month with an increase) and New York (up 19 percent; sixth consecutive month with an increase).
22 states post annual increase in foreclosure starts
Despite the national decrease in foreclosure starts, 23 states posted year-over-year increases in foreclosure starts, including Nevada (up 153 percent; fourth consecutive month with an increase), Massachusetts (up 116 percent; 11th consecutive month with an increase), and Texas (up 5 percent; five out of last six months with increase).
25 states post annual increase in scheduled foreclosure auctions
Despite the national decrease in scheduled foreclosure auctions—which can act as the foreclosure start in some states—25 states posted a year-over-year increase in scheduled foreclosure auctions, including New York (up 146 percent; ninth consecutive month with an increase), Massachusetts (up 88 percent; third consecutive month with an increase), New Jersey (up 38 percent; 15th consecutive month with an increase), and Washington (up 17 percent; five out of last seven months with an increase).
15 states post annual increase in REOs
Despite the national decrease in REOs compared to a year ago, 15 states posted year-over-year increases in REOs, including Maryland (up 70 percent; fifth consecutive month with an increase), New York (up 24 percent; four out of last five months with an increase), Ohio (up 23 percent; third consecutive month with an increase), and North Carolina (up 18 percent; three out of last four months with an increase).
Maryland, Nevada, Florida post highest state foreclosure rates
Nevada foreclosure activity in February increased 12 percent from a year ago driven primarily by a spike in foreclosure starts, and the state’s foreclosure rate was second highest in the nation for the second month in a row. One in every 569 Nevada housing units had a foreclosure filing during the month.
Florida posted the nation’s third highest state foreclosure rate—one in every 570 housing units with a foreclosure filing—despite a 35 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from a year ago.
Other states with foreclosure rates among the top 10 highest nationwide in February were Indiana (one in every 871 housing units with a foreclosure filing), Idaho (one in every 877 housing units), New Jersey (one in every 895 housing units), Illinois (one in every 906 housing units), Delaware (one in every 957 housing units), Ohio (one in every 1,000 housing units), and North Carolina (one in every 1,088 housing units).
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