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Mecklenburg foreclosure filings drop in 2010

Foreclosure filings declined slightly in Mecklenburg County last year despite in December recording the fourth-highest number of filings since the beginning of the recession, according to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.

There were 12,176 foreclosure filings in 2010, down nearly 5 percent from 12,767 in 2009.

But the county’s foreclosure filings were up 46.4 percent in December over the same month in 2009, climbing to 1,308 from 893.

The number of filings in December also was up sharply from the 821 in November 2010, which was the fewest number of filings recorded in one month since January, when there were 802 filings.

According to records going back to January 1998, the largest number of foreclosure filings in the county occurred in April 2009, when there were 1,604. September and August 2009 had the second- and third-highest number of filings, 1,382 and 1,314, respectively.

Statewide, the number of foreclosure filings in 2010 was 67,854, surpassing the 63,282 filings in 2009.

Tara Ramsey can be reached at tara.ramsey@mecktimes.com.

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