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The number of residential foreclosure filings in the U.S. declined by 9 percent from October to November despite a yearly spike in the number of foreclosure starts. According to RealtyTrac‘s U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for the month of November 2014 released on Thursday 112,498 foreclosure were filed, including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions reflecting a decrease of 9% from the previous month and down 1% from a year ago.
This marks the 50th consecutive month with a year-over-year decrease in overall foreclosure activity. The report also reflects that one in every 1,170 U.S. housing units with a foreclosure process were filed during the month.
Among the nation’s 20 largest metros, those with the five highest foreclosure rates were Miami (one in every 394 housing units with a foreclosure filing), Tampa (one in every 432 housing units), Baltimore (one in every 576 housing units), Philadelphia (one in every 625 housing units), Chicago (one in every 716 housing units) and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario in Southern California (one in every 725 housing units).
We are experiencing one of the biggest foreclosure filling increases for the last four years.
The number of foreclosure filings experienced a big jump from September to October alone. These filings include but not limited to notice of defaults, scheduled auctions, and bank repossession. According to RealtyTrac this is the largest month-over-month jump since the peak of foreclosure activity in March 2010.
However even though Foreclosure filings reported were into a considerable 123,109 U.S. residential properties in October, fortunately still represented an 8 percent decline overall in the number of foreclosure filings from October 2013. This is equivalent to one house for every 1,069 residential properties in the U.S. reported a foreclosure filing in October based on the latest report from RealtyTrac.
These numbers did not take us by surprise due to that over the past three years an average of 8 percent monthly uptick was scheduled for foreclosure procedures in the country.
On the other hand, REO activity (lenders repossessing properties via foreclosure) increased by 22 percent from September. The largest month-over-month increase since June 2009. Overall, lenders repossessed 27,914 U.S. residential properties in October, as reported by RealtyTrac which is an agency that monitor housing foreclosure activities in the country.
Highest level of home equity loans since June 2009. A total of 797,865 home equity lines of credit were originated nationwide, up 20.6% from a year ago and the highest level since the 12 months ending June 2009, according to RealtyTrac.
The report also shows HELOC originations accounted for 15.4% of all loan originations nationwide during the first eight months of 2014, the highest percentage since 2008.
“This recent rise in HELOC originations indicates that an increasing number of homeowners are gaining confidence in the strength of the housing recovery and, more importantly, have regained much of their home equity lost during the housing crisis,” said Daren Blomquist.
Among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas with HELOC data available, 49 posted year-over-year increases in HELOC originations in the 12 months ending in June 2014.
Metro areas with the biggest year-over-year increase in HELOC originations were Riverside-San Bernardino in Southern California (87.7% increase), Las Vegas (85.1% increase), Cincinnati (81.0% increase), Sacramento (65.1% increase), and Phoenix (60.1% increase).