Thursday, August 13, 2009

Report: Record Foreclosure Activity in July

by Calculated Risk on 8/13/2009 10:09:00 AM

From RealtyTrac:

RealtyTrac ... today released its July 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 360,149 U.S. properties during the month, an increase of nearly 7 percent from the previous month and an increase of 32 percent from July 2008. The report also shows that one in every 355 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing in July.

“July marks the third time in the last five months where we’ve seen a new record set for foreclosure activity,” noted James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Despite continued efforts by the federal government and state governments to patch together a safety net for distressed homeowners, we’re seeing significant growth in both the initial notices of default and in the bank repossessions.”
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.