US foreclosure filings dip 2% in August from July, 34% year-over-year to 128,560, the 35th straight month that foreclosure activity has decreased on an annual basis; foreclosure starts down versus a year ago in 38 states: RealtyTrac

IRVINE, California , September 12, 2013 (press release) – Foreclosure Starts Drop 43 Percent in Florida, Jump 226 Percent in Nevada; Bank Repos Increase Monthly in 26 States, Reach Nearly Three-Year Highs in NY, NJ

RealtyTrac® (, the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for August 2013, which shows foreclosure filings -- default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions -- were reported on 128,560 U.S. properties in August, a decrease of 2 percent from the previous month and down 34 percent from August 2012 -- the 35th consecutive month where foreclosure activity has decreased on an annual basis. The report also shows one in every 1,019 U.S. housing units with a foreclosure filing during the month.

High-level findings from the report:

  • The decrease in overall foreclosure activity was driven largely by falling foreclosure starts in August. A total of 55,775 U.S. properties started the foreclosure process during the month, down 44 percent from a year ago to the lowest level since December 2005.
  • Foreclosure starts in August decreased from a year ago in 38 states, including both non-judicial states such as Colorado (down 80 percent), Arizona (down 65 percent), Washington (down 65 percent), California (down 57 percent), and Michigan (down 55 percent), and also judicial states such as Illinois (down 66 percent), Massachusetts (down 66 percent), Florida (down 65 percent), Indiana (down 43 percent), and Wisconsin (down 39 percent).
  • Foreclosure starts did increase from the previous month in 17 states, including Nevada (up 226 percent), Ohio (up 44 percent), Maryland (up 24 percent), California (up 12 percent), and New York (up 8 percent).
  • Bank repossessions (REO) in August increased 6 percent from the previous month but were still down 25 percent from a year ago. REO activity nationwide has increased on a month-to-month basis in three of the last four months, reaching a five-month high in August.
  • REO activity increased from the previous month in 26 states and was up from a year ago in 23 states, including New York (up 123 percent to a 34-month high), New Jersey (up 63 percent to a 31-month high), Florida (up 48 percent to a seven-month high), Ohio (up 46 percent to an eight-month high), and Indiana (up 41 percent to a 9-month high).
  • Nevada's foreclosure rate ranked highest nationwide, supplanting Florida at the No. 1 spot. Florida's foreclosure rate fell to second highest, followed by Ohio, Maryland and Delaware.
  • Florida cities accounted for six of the 10 highest metropolitan foreclosure rates, down from nine of the top 10 in the previous month. Also in the top 10 metro foreclosure rates were Las Vegas and three Ohio cities: Toledo, Cleveland and Akron.

"The foreclosure floodwaters have receded in most parts of the country, but lenders and communities continue to clean up the damage left behind, which means the recent uptick in bank repossessions is a trend that will likely continue into next year," said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. "Meanwhile foreclosure flash floods will continue to hit some markets over the next few months as delayed foreclosure starts are quickly pushed into the pipeline. This was the case with the jump in Nevada foreclosure starts in August."

Local broker quotes from the RealtyTrac Network
"As home prices continue to increase, we have noticed an increase in lenders taking action on delinquent mortgages," said Michael Mahon, executive vice president and broker at HER Realtors, covering the Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton markets in Ohio. "We have lenders in the Ohio market who have stepped up their activity in notifying homeowners who are in default and commencing foreclosure actions, which has added to the amount of foreclosures we are seeing in certain Ohio metros.

"Due to lack of inventory during the summer months, there is a current demand amongst buyers who are ready, willing and able to purchase new inventory being introduced to the market," added Mahon.

"In the Nashville MSA foreclosures are down 46 percent over the last year, and banks are slowly divesting of inventory. We're continuing to see steady, positive numbers as the housing market strengthens and levels out," said Bob Parks, CEO of Bob Parks Realty, covering Nashville and the middle Tennessee region.

"The increase in defaults is most likely tied to the implementation of two new laws in Nevada, SB 300, which took effect June 1, and the Nevada Homeowner Bill of Rights, which will take effect on October 1," said Craig King, COO of Chase International, covering the Reno and Lake Tahoe markets. "Banks are in the process of interpreting the new laws and making necessary changes in their documentation, and have said it will take some months to sort through the changes. During this process there will probably be significant volatility in foreclosure-related activities."

"Our Northern Utah market areas are displaying robust growth in rising unit sales and average sales prices," said Steve Roney, CEO of Prudential Utah Real Estate. "However, Salt Lake and Weber Counties are showing a significant increase in default filings by lenders, indicating an increased willingness to foreclose on properties in a rising market."

"The foreclosure problem in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa markets is winding down as evidenced by the fact that total Oklahoma foreclosure activity in August was at its lowest level since June 2007," said Sheldon Detrick, CEO of Prudential Detrick/Prudential Alliance Realty covering the Oklahoma City and Tulsa markets. "Of more immediate concern is that buyer activity and open house traffic has dropped significantly for the past three weeks. The continual rise in interest rates is having a real slow-down effect on the market, and I think this is a foreshadowing of things to come."

"Recent New York market trends show a rise in average home prices and a substantial increase in units sold over the last year," said Emmett Laffey, CEO of Laffey Fine Homes International, covering Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City. "It is surprising that the number of default notices has risen so sharply during the third quarter in this market environment; however, even with the increase the area's foreclosure rate is still well below the national average and ranks in the bottom five among the nation's 20 largest markets. Some of the increase could be caused by a late ripple effect from hurricane Sandy."

Nevada, Florida, Ohio post top state foreclosure rates
A 104 percent monthly spike in foreclosure activity pushed Nevada's foreclosure rate to highest among the states in August. There were a total of 3,236 Nevada properties with foreclosure filings during the month, up 11 percent from a year ago and one in every 359 housing units -- more than two and a half times the national average.

The increase in Nevada foreclosure activity was caused by a jump in both foreclosure starts (NOD), up 226 percent from the previous month, and scheduled foreclosure auctions, up 96 percent from the previous month. Nevada REO activity was down 1 percent from the previous month and down 38 percent from a year ago.

Florida's foreclosure rate in August -- one in every 383 housing units with a foreclosure filing -- dropped to second highest in the country after three consecutive months in the No. 1 spot. There were a total of 23,372 Florida properties with foreclosure filings in August, down 14 percent from the previous month and down 15 percent from a year ago. That annual decrease in overall Florida foreclosure activity came on the heels of three consecutive months with annual increases and 16 of the last 19 months with annual increases.

The annual decrease in Florida foreclosure activity was driven primarily by a 65 percent year-over-year decrease in Florida foreclosure starts (LIS), dropping those to the lowest level since RealtyTrac began issuing its report at the state level in April 2005. Meanwhile scheduled foreclosure auctions in Florida increased 39 percent from a year ago, and bank repossessions increased 48 percent from a year ago.

Ohio foreclosure activity in August increased 4 percent from a year ago -- following three consecutive months where foreclosure activity decreased on an annual basis -- helping the state to post the nation's third highest foreclosure rate for the second month in a row. There were a total of 9,542 Ohio properties with a foreclosure filing in AugFlorida increased ust, up 19 percent from the previous month and a foreclosure rate of one in every 537 housing units. Ohio REO activity increased 29 percent from the previous month to an eight-month high in August. Ohio foreclosure starts increased 44 percent from the previous month but were still down 27 percent from a year ago, while scheduled foreclosure auctions decreased 6 percent from the previous month but were still up 11 percent from a year ago.

A 2 percent month-over-month decrease in foreclosure activity helped lower Maryland's foreclosure rate to fourth highest among the states. There were a total of 3,892 Maryland properties with a foreclosure filing in August, still up 165 percent from a year ago and a foreclosure rate of one in every 609 housing units.

Delaware foreclosure activity increased 45 percent from July to August, boosting the state's foreclosure rate from No. 14 in July to No. 5 in August. One in every 638 Delaware housing units had a foreclosure filing in August.

Georgia foreclosure activity in August decreased 15 percent from the previous month and was down 51 percent from a year ago -- the 14th consecutive month with a year-over-year decrease -- helping to drop the state's foreclosure rate to 11th highest nationwide. August was the first month since November 2009 where Georgia's foreclosure rate ranked below the top 10 in the nation.

Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the 10 highest nationwide were Indiana (one in every 660 housing units with a foreclosure filing), Utah (one in every 697 housing units), Illinois (one in every 725 housing units), Connecticut (one in every 765 housing units), and South Carolina (one in every 813 housing units).

Three Ohio cities crack top 10 metro foreclosure rates
With one in every 201 housing units with a foreclosure filing in August, the Port St. Lucie metro area in southeast Florida posted the nation's highest foreclosure rate among metropolitan statistical areas with a population of 200,000 or more.

Five other Florida cities posted foreclosure rates among the top 10 highest nationwide: Jacksonville at No. 2 (one in every 304 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Miami at No. 4 (one in every 324 housing units); Ocala at No. 5 (one in every 328 housing units); Tampa at No. 6 (one in every 347 housing units); and Orlando at No. 9 (one in every 386 housing units).

Las Vegas posted the nation's third highest metro foreclosure rate -- one in every 323 housing units with a foreclosure filing -- thanks to a 90 percent monthly spike in foreclosure activity, and monthly spikes in foreclosure activity also boosted three Ohio cities into the top 10 highest metro foreclosure rates: Toledo at No. 7 (one in every 384 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Cleveland at No. 8 (also one in every 384 housing units); and Akron at No. 10 (one in every 393 housing units).

20 major metro foreclosure trends
Despite an 18 percent year-over-year decrease in foreclosure activity, Miami posted the highest foreclosure rate among the nation's 20 largest metropolitan statistical areas by population.

Tampa's foreclosure rate came in second highest among the nation's 20 largest metro areas, followed by Riverside-San Bernardino in Southern California, Chicago and Baltimore -- where foreclosure activity increased 252 percent from a year ago. Baltimore was one of four cities among the 20 largest to post an annual increase in foreclosure activity. Others were New York (35 percent increase), Philadelphia (16 percent increase), and Washington, D.C. (9 percent increase).

Metro  August 2013 Properties with Foreclosure Filings  MoM Pct
 YoY Pct
 Housing Units Per Foreclosure Filing
New York   5,462   3.45   35.23   1,373
Los Angeles   4,455   21.56   -55.25   1,006
Chicago   6,674   -5.65   -58.78   568
Dallas   1,581   -18.08   -47.26   1,565
Philadelphia   3,233   -0.12   15.84   751
Houston   1,220   -9.63   -52.12   1,865
Miami   7,575   -22.82   -18.00   324
Washington, DC   1,887   7.83   9.39   1,166
Atlanta   2,936   -18.06   -56.42   733
Boston   703   -7.50   -48.91   2,669
Detroit   2,079   -2.53   -51.27   908
San Francisco   1,287   2.71   -65.46   1,349
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA   2,768   6.96   -62.36   539
Phoenix   2,119   3.77   -63.58   838
Seattle   1,512   -8.86   -51.52   960
Minneapolis   1,436   6.21   -33.24   941
San Diego   1,147   33.53   -57.83   1,012
St. Louis   1,198   1.27   -40.58   1,039
Tampa Bay   3,879   -3.79   -11.64   347
Baltimore   5,462   -5.21   251.52   574

Report methodology
The RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing entered into the RealtyTrac database during the month -- broken out by type of filing. Some foreclosure filings entered into the database during the month may have been recorded in previous months. Data is collected from more than 2,200 counties nationwide, and those counties account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. RealtyTrac's report incorporates documents filed in all three phases of foreclosure: Default -- Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Auction -- Notice of Trustee's Sale and Notice of Foreclosure Sale (NTS and NFS); and Real Estate Owned, or REO properties (that have been foreclosed on and repurchased by a bank). The report does not count a property again if it receives the same type of foreclosure filing multiple times within the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the state where the property is located.

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