August Foreclosure Statistics

Foreclosure filings rose in August, as more homeowners fell behind on their mortgage payments.  

Filing were up 7% compared to July, but were still 33% lower than a year ago. 

According to Realty Tract’s report, 228,098 homes in the US received some kind of foreclosure filing in August.  Foreclosure auctions and bank repossessions, which come later in the process, both fell slightly. 

The increased in default notices may signal that lenders are starting to finally push through foreclosure paperwork that was previously delayed by “robo-signing”. 

The good news is that bank repossessions have been falling.  Lenders repossessed 64,813 homes in August, a six-month low and a 37% decline after they hit a peak in September last year. 

Meanwhile, foreclosure auctions were scheduled for 84,405 homes, the lowest number in more than three years. 

Nevada, California and Arizona housing markets are the hardest hit by foreclosures. 

Information from CNNMoney.com

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House Bill would force Lenders to decide on Short Sales in 45 days

There is a new bill introduced in the U.S. House which would give lenders a 45 day deadline to respond to short sale requests to the borrower. 

This is a bipartisan bill (H.R. 6133) – Prompt Decision for Qualification of Short Sale Act of 2010 which is sponsored by Reps. Robert Andrews (D-New Jersey) and Tom Rooney (R-Florida).

The length of time it has been taking lenders to process the short sales has caused buyer’s to walk away.  Many lenders are taking from 90 days to several months without a decision made on the short sale.    The following states have the highest number of short sales:  California – 28%, Nevada 32%, Arizona 24%, and Florida 27%. 

Realtors across the country strongly support this bill and are urging Congress to pass the legislation quickly.  The National Association “NAR” of Realtor President Vicki Cox believes that quicker attention to the short sales process is vital to help homeowners who are underwater and their communities, as well as the nation’s economy.

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