US Foreclosures drop 2% in June to Lowest Level Since June 2006

RealtyTrac®  released its Midyear 2014 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ on July 17th, which shows a total of 613,874 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — in the first half of 2014, a 19 percent decrease from the previous six months and down 23 percent from the first half of 2013. The report also shows that 0.47 percent of all U.S. housing units (one in 214) had at least one foreclosure filing in the first six months of the year.

The report includes foreclosure activity data from June, when a total of 107,194 U.S. properties had a foreclosure filing, down 2 percent from the previous month and down 16 percent from a year ago to lowest level since July 2006, before the housing price bubble burst.  Total foreclosure activity in June was the lowest since the housing bubble burst in August 2006 in 10 states, including Texas, Georgia, Colorado, Tennessee, Arizona and Nevada.

  • Only nine states saw overall foreclosure activity increase in the first half of 2014 compared to a year ago, including New Jersey (up 54 percent), Maryland (up 18 percent), Iowa (up 10 percent), Massachusetts (up 4 percent), and Connecticut (up 4 percent).
  • States with the highest foreclosure rates in the first half of 2014 were Florida (one in 74 housing units with a foreclosure filing), Maryland (one in 107), Illinois (one in 123), New Jersey (one in 134), and Nevada (one in 138).
  • A total of 47,243 U.S. properties started the foreclosure process for the first time (not including re-filings) in June, down 4 percent from the previous month and down 18 percent from a year ago to the lowest level since November 2005 — a more than 8 and a half year low.
  • Foreclosure starts in June increased from the previous month in 15 states and were up from a year ago in 20 states, including Massachusetts (105 percent increase), New Jersey (70 percent increase), Nevada (66 percent increase), Indiana (65 percent increase), Oregon (50 percent increase), and Ohio (17 percent increase).
  • Halfway through 2014, a total of 315,895 U.S. properties have started the foreclosure process, on pace to reach more than 630,000 for the year, which would be down from the 747,728 in 2013.
  • A total of 26,889 U.S. properties were repossessed by lenders via foreclosure in June, down 5 percent from the previous month and down 24 percent from a year ago to the lowest level since June 2007 — an 84-month (7-year) low.
  • Halfway through the year a total of 174,691 U.S. properties have been repossessed by lenders via foreclosure, on pace to reach nearly 350,000 for the year, which would be down from the 462,970 lender repossessions in all of 2013.
  • A total of 46,743 U.S. properties were scheduled for foreclosure auction (in some states these are foreclosure starts) in June, down 1 percent from the previous month and down 13 percent from a year ago to the lowest level since July 2006 — a 95-month low.
  • Scheduled foreclosure auctions increased from the previous month in 12 states and were up from a year ago in 17 states, including Connecticut (up 68 percent), Pennsylvania (up 62 percent),New Jersey (up 25 percent), North Carolina (up 15 percent), Florida (up 15 percent), and New York (up 10 percent).
  • For properties foreclosed in the second quarter of 2014, the average time to complete a foreclosure was 577 days, up from 572 days in the previous quarter and up from 526 days in the second quarter of 2013.
  • States with the longest time to foreclose were New Jersey (1,098 days), New York (930 days), Florida (925 days), Hawaii (915 days), Illinois (850 days), and Massachusetts (784 days).

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