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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Olick: "Huge Surge in Bank of America Foreclosures"

by Calculated Risk on 9/13/2011 02:02:00 PM

From Diana Olick at CNBC: Huge Surge in Bank of America Foreclosures

Bank of America is ramping up its foreclosure processing, sending out far more notices of default to borrowers in August than in previous months ... Mortgage and housing analyst and strategist Mark Hanson alerted me to unusually high legal default filing activity ... [BofA responded to Olick]

"It appears the numbers you noted to me this afternoon generally track with our own numbers for key categories. It should be noted it’s driven more in key states like California and Nevada than overall, and certainly the progress we’re seeing is limited to non-judicial states. Judicial states continue to move very slowly, with key states like New Jersey only beginning to start processing foreclosures again this month."

RealtyTrac ... is also confirming a surge in overall notices of default in its August numbers
As Olick notes, this might be a short term pickup. However other servicers have told me they are staffing up - and we will probably see foreclosure activity pickup late this year or early in 2012.