Record Foreclosure Activity in 2010

Posted on January 14, 2011 at 10:00am by

From RealtyTrac: 2010 Year-End Foreclosure Report

Today, RealtyTrac released its Year-End 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 3,825,637 foreclosure filings, default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions were reported on a record 2,871,891 U.S. properties in 2010, an increase of nearly 2 percent from 2009 and an increase of 23 percent from 2008.

Foreclosure filings were reported on 257,747 U.S. properties in December, a decrease of nearly 2 percent from the previous month and down 26 percent from December 2009, the biggest annual drop in foreclosure activity since RealtyTrac began publishing its foreclosure report in January 2005 and giving December the lowest monthly total since June 2008.

“Total properties receiving foreclosure filings would have easily exceeded 3 million in 2010 had it not been for the fourth quarter drop in foreclosure activity triggered primarily by the continuing controversy surrounding foreclosure documentation and procedures that prompted many major lenders to temporarily halt some foreclosure proceedings,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Even so, 2010 foreclosure activity still hit a record high for our report, and many of the foreclosure proceedings that were stopped in late 2010, which we estimate may be as high as a quarter million, will likely be re-started and add to the numbers in early 2011.”

Daren Blomquist, who edits the RealtyTrac monthly reports, said the record set in 2010 will not last for long.

“We don’t think we’ve peaked yet nationwide,” Blomquist told HousingWire. “We’re expecting the 2011 numbers to be slightly higher than 2010, and then start the downward trend toward ‘normalcy’ in 2012.”

Activity slowed down in Q4, but will probably pick up again in Q1.

Source: Calculated Risk

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