April foreclosures rise 32 percent

Dennis Seid 5/12/09
April foreclosures rise 32 percent
* It’s the second straight month foreclosure hit 300,000.
By ADRIAN SAINZ
The Associated Press
MIAMI – The number of U.S. households faced with losing their homes to foreclosure jumped 32 percent in April compared with the same month last year, with Nevada, Florida and California showing the highest rates, according to data released Wednesday.
More than 342,000 households received at least one foreclosure-related notice in April, RealtyTrac Inc. said. That means one in every 374 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing last month, the highest monthly rate since the Irvine, Calif.-based foreclosure listing firm began its report in January 2005.
April was the second straight month with more than 300,000 households receiving a foreclosure filing, as the number of borrowers with mortgage troubles failed to abate.
The April number, however, was less than one percent above that posted in March, when more than 340,000 properties were affected. The March data was up 17 percent from February and 46 percent from a year earlier.
While total foreclosure activity was up, the number of repossessions by banks was down on a monthly and annual basis to their lowest level since March of last year, RealtyTrac said.
But that’s far from positive news. Because much of the foreclosure activity in April was in the default and auction stages – the first parts of the foreclosure process – it’s likely that repossessions will increase in coming months, RealtyTrac said.

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