The Housing Chronicles Blog: Foreclosures jump even over March numbers

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Foreclosures jump even over March numbers

After rising to a new high in March, homes going through various stages of foreclosure rose even higher in April, although repossessions fell by 11%. From a CNN story:

Foreclosures in April exceeded even March's blistering pace with a record 342,000 homes receiving notices of default, auction notices or undergoing bank repossessions, according to a regular industry report.

One of every 374 U.S. homes received a filing during the month, the highest monthly rate that RealtyTrac, an online marketer of foreclosed properties, has recorded in four-plus years of record keeping...

There were 63,900 bank repossessions, the last stop in the foreclosure process. More than 1.3 million homes have now been lost to foreclosure since the market meltdown began in August 2007...

Ten states accounted for 75% of all foreclosure activity, and they fell generally into two categories: one-time bubble markets and the Rust Belt.

California easily outpaced every other state with with 96,560 filings. Other hard-hit former boom states were Florida, Nevada and Arizona.

Those Rust Belts states with the most filings were Illinois, Ohio and Michigan.

Georgia, Texas and Virginia filled out the rest of the top 10 list...

Five other California metro areas ranked in the top 10: Modesto was fourth, Riverside-San Bernardino fifth, Bakersfield sixth, Vallejo seventh and Stockton eighth. Miami and Orlando rounded out the list.

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