The year-end totals are in, and Idaho ranks No. 6 for most per-property foreclosures in the nation.
A grand total of 17,161 properties were foreclosed on in 2009, or one in every 37 houses. That number is double what it was in 2008 and almost four times what it was in 2007, according to RealtyTrac.com.
Nevada fared the worst in the country, with one in every 10 properties entering foreclosure. Only 0.05 properties in Vermont, on the other end of the spectrum, went through foreclosure in 2009.
The national average was one in every 45 properties.
“As bad as the 2009 numbers are, they probably would have been worse if not for legislative and industry-related delays in processing delinquent loans,” RealtyTrac CEO James Saccacio said in a press release. “After peaking in July with over 361,000 homes receiving a foreclosure notice, we saw four straight monthly decreases driven primarily by short-term factors: trial loan modifications, state legislation extending the foreclosure process and an overwhelming volume of inventory clogging the foreclosure pipeline.
“Despite all the delays, foreclosure activity still hit a record high for our report in 2009, capped off by a substantial increase in December. In the long term a massive supply of delinquent loans continues to loom over the housing market, and many of those delinquencies will end up in the foreclosure process in 2010 and beyond as lenders gradually work their way through the backlog.”