RealtyTrac: Q2 Foreclosure Activity Highest On Record
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1.9 Million foreclosure filings in the first half, 889,829 in the
second quarter, with 336,173 in June alone, bringing the second quarter
total to the highest number since RealtyTrac has been following these
data. And this all is happening while various foreclosure moratoria and
other national and state mitigation efforts are still in play.
One can just imagine the bottom really falling out of the market once
California and others stop pretending they can control this
accelerating train wreck.
Calif. – July 16, 2009 – RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the leading
online marketplace for foreclosure properties, 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.
spite of the industry-wide moratorium earlier this year, along with
local, state and national legislative action and increased levels of
loan modification activity, foreclosure activity continues to increase
to record levels,” noted James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Unemployment-related
foreclosures account for much of this increased activity, and the high
number of borrowers who find themselves owing more on their mortgages
than their homes’ are now worth represent a potentially significant
future risk. Stemming the tide of foreclosures is a critical component
to stabilizing the housing market, so it is imperative that the lending
industry and the government work in tandem to find new approaches to
address this issue.”
And some regional specific commentary:
Nevada, Arizona, Florida post top state foreclosure rates
than 6 percent of Nevada housing units (one in 16) received at least
one foreclosure filing in the first half of 2009, giving it the
nation’s highest foreclosure rate during the six-month period. A total
of 68,708 Nevada properties received a foreclosure filing from January
to June, an increase of 23 percent from the previous six months and an
increase of 61 percent from the first half of 2008.
registered the nation’s second highest state foreclosure rate in the
first half of 2009, with 3.37 percent of its housing units (one in 30)
receiving at least one foreclosure filing, and Florida registered the
nation’s third highest state foreclosure rate, with 3.08 percent of its
housing units (one in 33) receiving at least one foreclosure filing.
states with foreclosure rates ranking among the nation’s 10 highest
were California (2.94 percent), Utah (1.46 percent), Georgia (1.42
percent), Michigan (1.34 percent), Illinois (1.31 percent), Idaho (1.26
percent) and Colorado (1.25 percent).
California, Florida, Arizona post highest foreclosure totals
total of 391,611 California properties received a foreclosure filing in
the first half of 2009, the nation’s highest total and 2.94 percent of
the state’s housing units (one in 34) — the nation’s fourth highest
state foreclosure rate. California foreclosure activity in the first
half of 2009 increased nearly 14 percent from the previous six months
and increased nearly 15 percent from the first half of 2008.
With 268,064 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in the first six months of 2009, Florida documented the second
highest state total. Florida foreclosure activity in the first half of
2009 increased 7 percent from the previous six months and was up nearly
42 percent from the first half of 2008.
properties receiving a foreclosure filing in the first six months of
2009 was the third highest state total. Arizona foreclosure activity in
the first half of 2009 increased 13 percent from the previous six
months and was up nearly 55 percent from the first half of 2008.
states with totals among the 10 highest in the country were Illinois
(68,932), Nevada (68,708), Michigan (60,786), Ohio (58,937), Georgia
(56,391), Texas (49,144) and Virginia (28,368).
And here is
the June collapse in fully, gory detail. Again - just wait until
foreclosure moratoria drop. California's IOU economy will likely be the
first to do so.