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U.S. Foreclosure Activity In October 2019 Climbs Upward From Previous Month

ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database and first property data provider of Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), has released its October 2019 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows there were a total of 55,197 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions — in October 2019, up 13 percent from the previous month but down 17 percent from a year ago.

“While foreclosure activity across the United States rose in October, in looking at historical trends, October numbers tend to increase as lenders may be pushing filings through the pipeline before the holiday season,” said Todd Teta, chief product officer with ATTOM Data Solutions. “The latest number is still below where it was a year ago and less than 15 percent of what it was during the depths of the Great Recession.”

Foreclosure completion numbers climb in 2019

Lenders repossessed 13,484 U.S. properties through completed foreclosures (REOs) in October 2019, up 14 percent from last month, hitting the highest point in total number of completed foreclosures in 2019. 

States that saw the greatest number in REOs in October 2019 included: Florida (1,493 REOs); Texas (912 REOs); Michigan (890 REOs); California (824 REOs); and Illinois (805 REOs).

Those major metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with a population greater than 200,000 that saw the greatest number of REOs included: Detroit, MI (705 REOs); New York, NY (684 REOs); Chicago, IL (679 REOs); Philadelphia, PA (470 REOs); and Atlanta, GA (430 REOs).

Highest foreclosure rates in New Jersey, Illinois and Maryland

Nationwide one in every 2,453 housing units had a foreclosure filing in October 2019. States with the highest foreclosure rates were New Jersey (one in every 1,316 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Illinois (one in every 1,336 housing units); Maryland (one in every 1,484 housing units); South Carolina (one in every 1,534 housing units); and Florida (one in every 1,571 housing units).

Among the 220 metropolitan statistical areas with a population of at least 200,000, those with the highest foreclosure rates in October were Peoria, IL (one in every 832 housing units); Rockford, IL (one in every 889 housing units); Atlantic City, NJ (one in every 933 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Fayetteville, NC (one in every 962 housing units); and Columbia, SC (one in every 1,028 housing units).

Foreclosure starts increase monthly in 36 states

Lenders started the foreclosure process on 28,667 U.S. properties in October 2019, up 17 percent from last month but down 1 percent from a year ago — the first double-digit month-over-month increase since February 2018.   

States that saw a double digit increases from last month included: Arizona (up 52 percent); Ohio (up 52 percent); Florida (up 48 percent); New Jersey (up 47 percent); and California (up 36 percent). 

Counter to the national trend, 13 states including Washington, DC posted month-over-month decreases in foreclosure starts in October 2019, including Maryland (down 42 percent); Idaho (down 36 percent); Delaware (down 32 percent); Nebraska (down 26 percent); and Utah (down 25 percent).

Report methodology

The ATTOM Data Solutions U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing entered into the ATTOM Data Warehouse during the month and quarter. Some foreclosure filings entered into the database during the quarter may have been recorded in the previous quarter. Data is collected from more than 2,200 counties nationwide, and those counties account for more than 90 percent of the U.S.population. ATTOM’s report incorporates documents filed in all three phases of foreclosure: Default — Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Auction— Notice of Trustee 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). For the annual, midyear and quarterly reports, if more than one type of foreclosure document is received for a property during the timeframe, only the most recent filing is counted in the report. The annual, midyear, quarterly and monthly reports all check if the same type of document was filed against a property previously. If so, and if that previous filing occurred within the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the state where the property is located, the report does not count the property in the current year, quarter or month. 

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