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Foreclosure starts surge in Western states

ForeclosureRadar: BofA ramping up filings against delinquent homeowners

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Foreclosure starts jumped by double digits from July to August in four out of five Western states tracked by ForeclosureRadar, reversing what had been a declining trend over the past several months, the company said.

The increase in foreclosure starts seen in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington appeared to be driven primarily by Bank of America and related companies, which boosted notice of default and notice of trustee sale filings by 116 percent from July to August.

Wells Fargo and US Bank also ramped up foreclosure start filings, ForeclosureRadar said, while filings by JP Morgan Chase and Citibank were essentially flat, ForeclosureRadar said.

In California, foreclosure starts jumped nearly 70 percent from July to August, totaling 31,965 -- the highest level in a year. The average time to foreclose in California increased to 333 days in August, 49 days longer than a year ago.

Notice of trustee sale filings were up more moderately, rising 6 percent from July to August but still down nearly 24 percent from a year ago at 24,020.

California properties sold back to the bank (REO) increased 12 percent from July, to 11,104, down nearly 23 percent from a year ago. Sales to third parties on the courthouse steps were up 10 percent from July, to 3,853, an 11 percent increase from a year ago.

California foreclosure inventories remain down or flat from a year ago. Banks had 107,000 REO homes on their books -- about the same as in July -- and the number of homes scheduled for trustee sale was down nearly 24 percent from a year ago, to 94,000.

Homes in preforeclosure -- those already hit with a notice of default but not yet scheduled for sale -- jumped 20.5 percent from July to August, to 134,000. That was 10 percent below the preforeclosure number in California a year ago.

In Arizona, notice of trustee sale filings -- the first step in the foreclosure process in that state -- were up nearly 15 percent from July to August, to 7,060. That's 34 percent below the same time a year ago. Time to foreclose in August was flat from July at 175 days, but up 15 percent from a year ago.

The number of Arizona homes going back to the bank as REOs fell 8 percent from July and 43 percent from a year ago, to 3,068. Sales to third parties on the courthouse steps were up 5 percent from July and 39 percent from a year ago, to 1,666.

Banks had 25,278 Arizona homes in their REO inventories, down 5 percent from July and 22 percent from a year ago. Another 35,860 had been hit with a notice of trustee sale filing, down 3 percent from July and 38 percent from a year ago.

In Nevada, notice of default filings jumped 44 percent from July but were down nearly 14 percent from a year ago, to 6,108. Time to foreclose jumped 14 percent from July to August, reaching a new record of 368 days.

Notice of trustee sale filings slipped for the fifth consecutive month, dropping 10 percent from July and 43 percent from a year ago, to 3,523.

Banks took back 1,805 Nevada homes, up 1 percent from July but down 14 percent from a year ago. Properties sold to third parties on the courthouse steps rose 20 percent from July and 28 percent from last year, to 786.

Foreclosure inventories were down or flat from a year ago. Banks had 16,425 REOs on their books, down nearly 5 percent from July and from a year ago.

The number of properties scheduled for sale was down 9 percent from July and 40 percent from a year ago, to 7,758. Homes in preforeclosure jumped nearly 26 percent from July to 47,509, down 14 percent from a year ago.

Washington saw a 3 percent increase in notice of trustee sale filings from July to August, reversing four months of consecutive declines. Activity on the courthouse steps slowed as foreclosures sold back to the bank (REOs) dropped 30 percent month over month, and foreclosures sold to third parties -- typically investors -- were down 33 percent. Time to foreclose was nearly flat in August at 104 days.

In Oregon, notices of default were up 36 percent from July to August, but filing activity was down 46 percent from a year ago. Properties sold back to the bank rose 243.3 percent from July as Recontrust, a subsidiary of Bank of America, began to clear the 2,800 foreclosures it started in April.

Properties sold to third-party investors were up 46 percent from July and 17.4 percent from a year ago. Time to foreclose dropped in August for the second month in a row, falling nine days from July, to 150 days.

 


Ismar Maslic, GRI / Broker

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