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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Report: Record Foreclosure Activity in First Half

by Calculated Risk on 7/16/2009 08:59:00 AM

From RealtyTrac:

RealtyTrac ... today released its Midyear 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 1,905,723 foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — were reported on 1,528,364 U.S. properties in the first six months of 2009, a 9 percent increase in total properties from the previous six months and a nearly 15 percent increase in total properties from the first six months of 2008. The report also shows that 1.19 percent of all U.S. housing units (one in 84) received at least one foreclosure filing in the first half of the year.

Foreclosure filings were reported on 336,173 U.S. properties in June, the fourth straight monthly total exceeding 300,000 and helping to boost the second quarter total to the highest quarterly total since RealtyTrac began issuing its report in the first quarter of 2005. Foreclosure filings were reported on 889,829 U.S. properties in the second quarter, an increase of nearly 11 percent from the previous quarter and a 20 percent increase from the second quarter of 2008.
Something to remember: questions have been raised before about the RealtyTrac numbers (see Foreclosure numbers don’t add up), and RealtyTrac has only been tracking these numbers since 2005. For California, I use the DataQuick numbers for NOD activity (released quarterly), and available since the early '90s - but that is just one state.