Idaho has slipped out of the top five for the most foreclosures, but expectations remain that the state will see a continue in its numbers.
RealtyTrac Inc., an online marketplace for foreclosure properties, Thursday said foreclosure filings increased 15% in January, compared to the previous year, but declined 10% from the previous month. Nevada, Arizona, California, and Florida posted top state foreclosure rates during the month. Further, RealtyTrac cautioned that the numbers may increase over the next few months.
While Financial News services writes The post-boom states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Florida still contribute more than half of filings, but Utah, Idaho and Illinois are starting to see foreclosures surge.
Only last week, it was reported Canyon County’s home defaults had dropped off in the last few months of 2009, but they came back with a vengeance in the first month of 2010.
The county’s foreclosures hit a high in January, rising from 214 filed in December to 365 filed in January for a total increase of 70.5 percent, according to IdahoDataProviders.com.
“What this all means is that you should brace yourself for a double dip in the housing market in 2010,” Charlie Nate, president of the foreclosure-tracking company, said in a release. “Look for local prices to still fall another 7% to 10% starting in the next few months. A bottom to the housing market and the beginning of a real recovery is unfortunately still at least one year away.”
Ada County’s number of foreclosures filed dropped 8 percent to 408 in January this year, a 19 percent increase from January 2009.
Short sales dropped 1.3 percent in the two counties in January, a lull which Nate calls the “calm before the storm.” He expects a new flood of short sales this year caused primarily by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program, which must be implemented by April 5, 2010. The program requires each distressed property to first be considered for a loan modification, and then evaluated for a short sale or deed in lieu before a foreclosure can be initiated.
In its January 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, RealtyTrac stated foreclosure filings, which include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions, were reported on 315,716 U.S. properties during the month. The report also showed that one in every 409 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing in January.
Real Estate Owned, or REO, activity nationwide increased 31percent from January 2009, but was down 5 percent from the previous month. Default notices rose 4percent from last year, but dropped 12percent from the previous month. Scheduled foreclosure auctions were up 15percent from last year and down 11 percent from last month.
Despite an year-over-year decrease of about 18 percent in foreclosure activity, Nevada’s foreclosure rate remained highest among the states for the 37th straight month. One in every 95 Nevada housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month, which is more than four times the national average.
Arizona’s foreclosure rate was the second highest among the states in January, owing to a 4 percent month-over-month increase in foreclosure activity. One in every 129 Arizona housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month, the seller of default data said.
In California and Florida, foreclosure activity decreased by double-digit percentages from the previous month, and the two states registered nearly identical foreclosure rates with one in every 187 housing units having received a foreclosure filing.
With one in every 231 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing, Utah registered the nation’s fifth highest state foreclosure rate, although foreclosure activity declined nearly 12% month-over-month.
Other states with foreclosure rates among the nation’s 10 highest were Idaho, Michigan, Illinois, Oregon and Georgia.
Further, RealtyTrac said California, Florida and Arizona posted the three highest state totals in terms of properties receiving foreclosure filings in January. These three states together accounted for more than 44 percent of the national total.
In California, total foreclosure filings were 71,817 and Florida reported 47,069 filings. In Arozona, 21,048 properties received foreclosure filings in January.