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Foreclosure Activity Plunges By Record Amount In November As Fraudclosure Forces Banks To Halt Evictions

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The latest report from RealtyTrac indicates that, as expected, November foreclosure activity has fallen off a cliff. In November "default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions were reported on 262,339 U.S. properties, a 21 percent decrease from the previous month and a 14 percent decrease from November 2009. One in every 492 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month." This is the largest Y/Y and M/M drop in RealtyTrac's records. “Foreclosure activity decreased dramatically in November, with fewer than 300,000 properties receiving a foreclosure notice for the first time since February 2009,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer at RealtyTrac. “While part of the decrease can be attributed to a seasonal drop of 7 to 10 percent that typically occurs in November, fallout from the foreclosure robo-signing controversy forced lenders and servicers to hit the pause button on many foreclosures while they scrambled to revamp their internal procedures and revise or resubmit questionable paperwork.” It's a good thing then that our very own, and very corrupt, attorneys general are about to announce a major settlement that will wipe the slate clean and allow the conveyor to crank out 1000 foreclosures a day once again... And all manner of thing shall be well.

One chart is worth more than a thousand words in this case:

Some more details:

A total of 78,955 U.S. properties received default notices (NOD, LIS) in November, a 21 percent decrease from the previous month and a 31 percent decrease from November 2009 — the 10th straight annual decrease in default notices. November’s default notices total was the lowest since July 2007.

Default notices in states that practice judicial foreclosures (called Lis Pendens filings) decreased 31 percent from the previous month and were down 43 percent from November 2009. Meanwhile non-judicial default notices (NOD) decreased 9 percent from the previous month and were down 12 percent from November 2009.

Foreclosure auctions (NTS, NFS) were scheduled for the first time on a total of 115,956 U.S. properties in November, a 16 percent decrease from the previous month and unchanged from November 2009. Scheduled judicial foreclosure auctions (NFS) decreased 34 percent from the previous month and were down 12 percent from November 2009, while scheduled non-judicial foreclosure auctions (NTS) decreased 7 percent from the previous month but increased 5 percent from November 2009. 

And despite the complete grind in foreclosure activity as we have been predicting for 3 months now, the usual suspects were the same:

Despite a 20 percent monthly decrease in foreclosure activity, Nevada posted the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate for the 47th straight month. One in every 99 Nevada housing units received a foreclosure filing in November — nearly five times the national average.

Thanks in part to sharp monthly drops in foreclosure activity in Arizona, Florida, California and Michigan, Utah’s foreclosure rate leapfrogged to second highest among the states in November after being sixth highest the previous month. One in every 221 Utah housing units received a foreclosure notice during the month — more than twice the national average.

With one in every 233 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November, California posted the nation’s third highest foreclosure rate despite a nearly 14 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous month and a 22 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from November 2009.

 

 


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Thu, 12/16/2010 - 01:57 | Link to Comment Malcolm Tucker
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They can't foreclose because they're too busy threatening people or, conversely, looking for the goddamn note!

http://fedupmontrealer.blogspot.com/2010/12/banks-threatening-homeowners...

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 10:06 | Link to Comment indio007
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The Banks have been doing this awhile already. They sued a Arizona State Lawmaker  that asked to "see the note".

http://www.kpho.com/money/23008529/detail.html

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 01:58 | Link to Comment strannick
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"It's a good thing then that our very own, and very corrupt, attorneys general are about to announce a major settlement that will wipe the slate clean and allow the conveyor to crank out 1000 foreclosures a day once again... And all manner of thing shall be well".

Yeah bankers mixed with lawyers isnt going to reform anything. It's like trying to clean your laudry with dogturds

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 02:39 | Link to Comment GoinFawr
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haha!

That reminds me of a quote,

"All who launder are not washed" no wait, it was

"All who wander are not lost"... oh, nm.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 02:27 | Link to Comment Dr. Sandi
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“Foreclosure activity decreased dramatically in November, with fewer than 300,000 properties receiving a foreclosure notice for the first time since February 2009,”

Well, obviously this means everything is going to be okay. The economy is finally healing and good times are on the horizon.

Let me break out the champagne.

Damn, where's the champagne.

Hmm. Somebody stole my champagne and replaced it with sparkling cider.

Anyway, here's a toast to the good times coming. Salut!

Bleah, this stuff has no kick. Where's my champagne?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 02:40 | Link to Comment TheManagement
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Dear Team Member,

Use of terms such as "fraudclosure" is not conducive to team morale. Please consider using other terminology such as "challenging market environment."

Regards,

TheManagement

 

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 03:46 | Link to Comment Clowns to the l...
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That's great but until someone starts nailing some banker balls to the wall, it will probably end up being like someone tapping their brakes while approaching a traffic light only to hit the gas when it turns green.

Also, that chart still shows plenty of action. It reminds me of the unemployment reports that show new filings down to 440,000 from 454,000. Huzzah!

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 05:22 | Link to Comment revenue_anticip...
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""A total of 78,955 U.S. properties received default notices (NOD, LIS) in November, a 21 percent decrease from the previous month and a 31 percent decrease from November 2009 — the 10th straight annual decrease in default notices. November’s default notices total was the lowest since July 2007. ""

 

DEFAULT NOTICES,  administrative 3 months mandatory paper trail, properly 'served' to meet stage one Legal Requirements...

 

November 2010 lowest since July 2007 thats 3 years and 5 months = 41 months 

so finally exhausted the continued monthly supply of about 80,000 defaulting type house buyers, 3.28 million defaulters

 

SINCE THE TAIL END CHARLIES finally 'evicted' is/has been at 95,000 / month...(why MORE..hum) ANYWAY, FOR SURE ALL 100% OF THE DEFAULTERS SEEM TO BE CONTINUING TO NOT PAY..remaining rent free during the judicial cycle from default to final eviction...

 

How Long on average ? 12-24 months per house rent-free? pure guess.. another guess is therrefore HOW MUCH 'TAKE HOME ADDITIONAL SPENDING MONEY IS IT @ 24 months and say $1500/month (very modest estimate, low end). and 3.28 million 'beneficiaries' over the 41 months thus far...

 

Well, a NICE SOLID $36,100 per household ....11.75 x 10 (6+4)  =>  11.75 tens of billions..=>.$117.50 BILLION boost to the USA economy, spread over 41 months, very very good...

 

Another pure guess is IF the US IRS will make an Administrative Final Decision regards the tax status of the UNPAIDFORGIVEN DEBTS on those mortgages...

 

You see, of course, that for every Bank Tax deduction for 'written off mortgage-debt', that same EQUAL amount of "DEBT FORGIVEN MUST BE TAXED", against the 'beneficiary...shall it be 'short term' or 'long term' windfall income?,

 

and under what special payment terms shall the IRS allow the money-due to be paid...probably the short term mode = 35% average for blue collar workers, spread over 2 years of the estimated $36,100 / household finally evicted, about $12,600 'back taxes due'

 

and for non-citizens, non-payment could result in deportation/refusals to renew VISAs and all THAT...right?

 

 

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:39 | Link to Comment Problem Is
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Interesting point... Well done, sir...

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 05:14 | Link to Comment Fat Ass
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The USA is a joke.

People used to say "the USA will become like Argentina," or "The USA will become a banana republic."

This is now just insulting to Argentina or banana republics.

It beats me how anyone can stand to live there - it must be so frustrating every morning.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 09:46 | Link to Comment macholatte
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and you live where?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 18:12 | Link to Comment Dr. Sandi
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Hey pal, everybody's gotta live somewhere.

Sure, it sucks, but so does any place. We're just really good at bitching about it in the good ol' US of A. The kind of sucking one gets used to is what makes life seem normal. And besides, just like the human body, some parts are a whole lot nastier than other parts.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 06:23 | Link to Comment sabra1
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cold winter=burst pipes=useless homes! hey banks, i need an appraisel here!

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 06:34 | Link to Comment johngaltfla
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Not in my neck of the woods. There seems to be a year end rush to file as many as possible for probably tax purposes. I fear 2011 will look a lot like 2009 once the robosigning scandals are quashed by a complicit judicial system.

 

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20101216/ARTICLE/12161049/2416/NEWS...

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 06:49 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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Whatever. The banks are not allowed to keep those foreclosed houses on their books for more then 2 years.

After that they need to be sold.

Conclusion: Housing prices will start to crash as soon as the matter of the signatures is solved. It will be solved, and that's actually the bad thing for the banks and the economy.

This shit has been getting worse since 2 years now and it's going to get a lot more ugly.

 

We can only guess how long this crisis will continue.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 08:54 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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There is no reason for banks to foreclose unless the homeowner is not underwater or the loss on the property will not be severe...  given the properties will not increase in value, they have no incentive to let a foreclosed property sit on the books...  about the only thing I could see is a pre-foreclosure property in a nondeficiency state (or a deficiency state with a turnip) wanting to rent to the present homeowner at a reduced rate because it will effectively mitigate damage or prolong damage as desired.

Conceptually, banks are supposed to offset their increases in cash positions with loan/investment losses on foreclosed properties...  but I'm not holding my breath.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 10:11 | Link to Comment macholatte
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May I suggest that you refrain from using logic and common sense when talking about banks. Remember, the "money" used to finance homes was created from nothing, most of the paper was sold to Freddie or Fannie or Bennie or Iceland. What's left is mostly a shell game, like cleaning out the inside of a soft boiled egg to get the very last bits of protein without breaking the container. Such massive greed & gluttony with government sanction becomes righteousness as banksters scramble at trying to collect foreclosure fees, now the obligation of US taxpayers for "servicing and processing" = big money bonuses for banksters and cronies.

That is - the reason for that is that home prices are only going to go up. Now, they've never gone down nationwide in our - since we've been keeping track of this.
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Thu, 12/16/2010 - 10:51 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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Right, but the OP only mentioned properties on the banks' "books"...  We're in agreement on the servicing issue...

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 07:58 | Link to Comment Mercury
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I bet it spikes right back up in January after the holiday season.  Rates certainly aren't improving the chances of workouts...

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 09:53 | Link to Comment chubbar
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Can a states attorney general waive an individual homeowners right to have the foreclosure bank follow the state foreclosure law? Can they change the foreclosure law retroactively?

Even if they somehow clean up the robosigning issue, there is still the issue of who has the note (standing to foreclose), non-attorneys signing documents as attorneys, among other issues.

There will be some challenges for the bankers to ramp back up to speed now that everyone is aware of the legal issues in play.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 11:00 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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No.  That is an individual right.  However, the AG can make a settlement on behalf of the state for criminal/statutory penalties.  Which would alleviate a large cloud hanging over the banks' heads.  (obviously they can still get rained on like piss out of a boot, but you can't fix everything at once).

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 10:14 | Link to Comment macholatte
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 ...attorneys general are about to announce a major settlement that will wipe the slate clean...

please elaborate

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 11:25 | Link to Comment TexDenim
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Hey, if banks can't process documents legally, well then they have no one to blame but themselves. No sympathy for these suckers.

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