Foreclosure starts lowest since 2005

New foreclosures are down 44% from this time last year, but the numbers aren't falling in all areas. In 17 states, foreclosure starts rose.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Sep 12, 2013 2:22PM

© moodboard/CorbisForeclosure filings fell in August for the 35th straight month, with the number of default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions down 34% from a year ago.


New data from RealtyTrac show that one in every 1,019 U.S. households received a foreclosure filing during the month.


The data indicate that the foreclosure crisis may be winding down. The number of properties on which foreclosure began in August was down 44% from a year ago and at the lowest level since December 2005.


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"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," Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac, said in a news release. "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."

The news varied considerably by location. Foreclosure starts were down from a year ago in 38 states (using both judicial and non-judicial processes). That included some of the hardest-hit states, including Arizona (down 65%), California (down 57%), Michigan (down 55%), Illinois (down 66%) and Florida (down 65%). Foreclosure starts also declined sharply in Colorado (down 80%), Washington (down 65%), Massachusetts (down 66%), Indiana (down 54%) and Wisconsin (down 39%).

But the number of properties entering the foreclosure process rose in 17 states, led by Nevada (up 226%), Ohio (up 44%), Maryland (up 24%), California (up 12%) and New York (up 8%).

The foreclosure rate was the highest in Nevada (one in every 359 housing units), followed by Florida (one in every 383), Ohio (one in every 537), Maryland (one in every 609) and Delaware (one in every 638).

Sep 21, 2013 8:40AM
Teresa, please quit lying to everyone...the truth is,,,there aren't many homes left to foreclose on, they already have almost all of them, it's the same as unemployment, the only reason it has gone down (which it hasn' went up) is because all the people who were on unemployment compensation, they depleted what they could our fine govt. erases them from the figures...the PTB own all of us and your homes, and they tell the news what to say to the people to keep them pacified.,'s all BS
Sep 21, 2013 8:18AM
Would I dare write a comment, when I see all these right wing nay-sayers who don't want to believe progress is being made.   Gee they are so afraid to give Obama's efforts any credit. It must be sad to live such negative lives.
Sep 21, 2013 7:35AM
These figures are just like the unemployment data, so don"t believe it!  Somebody plays with them and tells us what we want to hear.  Look around at all the vacant properties.  Lots of them don't have "for sale" signs.  Don't believe everything you hear or read, especially lamestream media!  Truth apparently is no longer criteria in journalism.
Sep 21, 2013 2:45AM
I suppose the numbers could be correct since most everyone has already gone into foreclosure over the past 5 years.  I'd like to see the total numbers.  If you run out of homes to foreclose on, then the numbers will be lower.  Nothing left!
Sep 19, 2013 5:41PM

everything depends on where the property is located and who holds the paper.

Sep 19, 2013 2:06PM
Figures don't lie but liars can figure.
Sep 19, 2013 1:26PM

Well let me tell you about my experiences of the last 2 months. First of all I am looking

for homes to flip and we are looking for a home to move into in either Florida or

Tennessee. A few months ago I made an offer on a home in Michigan and after a

few days the realtor called me and said they had multiple offers and needed my

"biggest and best offer"............then I made an offer in Florida and the realtor called me

and said , we have multiple offers and need your "biggest and best" offer and on

Monday I made an offer in Tennessee and yesterday the realtor called me and

said , we have multiple offers and need "your biggest and best offer".....3 different

States and the realtors said the same thing "vertbatim"....word for word.

Seems like something dishonest is going on with these foreclosures and the

process of them.

Sep 19, 2013 12:38PM
Lies !  its a numbers manipulation - count all the short sale homes in limbo that will go to foreclosure for a real number
Sep 19, 2013 11:26AM
 Get a grip Big Ben's Welfare for the Elite Rich is comical as Obozo the socialist Moron clown.
Sep 19, 2013 7:32AM
Well, I think the numbers are being manipulated.   B of A transferred my loan while it was in the middle of the foreclosure process and now OCWEN will not answer my emails and is holding the house in limbo.  It's now been 2 years in "foreclosure".  It all seems sheisty to me
Sep 19, 2013 2:46AM

That is strange because they just had a news story in Columbus, Ohio saying that there was another bump up in the foreclosure rate and are expecting more because of the lag in processing time. I wonder how the two stories come up with different numbers or outlooks for Ohio?


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