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released its March 2007 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 149,150 foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — were reported during the month, up 7 percent from an adjusted February total and up 47 percent from a year ago. The report also shows a national foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 775 U.S. households during the month.
Nevada, Colorado post top foreclosure ratesNevada’s foreclosure activity increased 29 percent from the previous month, helping the state register the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate for the third month in a row. The state reported 4,738 foreclosure filings during the month, more than triple the number reported in March 2006 and a foreclosure rate of one foreclosure filing for every 183 households — more than four times the national average.
California foreclosure activity surgesCalifornia reported 31,434 foreclosure filings in March, the most of any state and an increase of 36 percent from the previous month. The state’s total was nearly triple the number reported a year ago and accounted for 21 percent of the nation’s total. The surge in foreclosure activity pushed California’s foreclosure rate to one foreclosure filing for every 389 households — third highest among all the states and nearly twice the national average.
Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the nation’s 10 highest in March were Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
Top five states account for half of nation’s totalThe five states with the most foreclosure filings in March — California, Florida, Texas, Michigan and Ohio — together accounted for 50 percent of the nation’s total. Foreclosure activity increased on a year-over-year basis in all five of these states, and all five documented foreclosure rates above the national average, but foreclosure activity was down from the previous month in Florida and Michigan.
California cities dominate top 10 metro ratesSix out of the 10 cities with the nation’s highest metro foreclosure rates were located in California. A 137 percent spike in foreclosure activity boosted the foreclosure rate in Stockton, Calif., to one foreclosure filing for every 128 households — the highest metro foreclosure rate in the nation and more than six times the national average. Other California cities with foreclosure rates in the top 10 included Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 3, Modesto at No. 5, Sacramento at No. 6, Riverside-San Bernardino at No. 7 and Bakersfield at No. 10.
Las Vegas documented the nation’s second highest metro foreclosure rate, one foreclosure filing for every 139 households — more than five times the national average. The metro area reported 4,307 foreclosure filings during the month, a 33 percent increase from the previous month. Other metro areas with foreclosure rates among the nation’s 10 highest included Greeley, Colo., Detroit and Denver.