Tuesday, February 21, 2006

US Foreclosures Up 45%

Inman News has the January foreclosure numbers. "About 103,540 properties nationwide entered some stage of foreclosure in January, a 27 percent increase from the previous month and a 45 percent increase from January 2005, according to RealtyTrac. 'This is the first time since we introduced the report in January of 2005 that we've seen back-to-back months with increases of more than 20 percent,' said James J. Saccacio."

"'While some of this might have to do with the seasonality of normal real estate cycles, it appears that rising interest rates and softening home prices are beginning to push foreclosure inventories closer to the historic average of 1 percent of all U.S. households,' he said."

"After dipping in December, Georgia foreclosures spiked higher in January. The state reported 7,342 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, more than twice the number reported in December. Georgia documented the highest foreclosure rate among the 50 states, one new foreclosure for every 422 households."

"With one new foreclosure for every 483 households, Nevada documented the second-highest foreclosure rate among the 50 states. The state reported 1,795 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 60 percent increase from December and more than 2.5 times the number reported in January 2005."

"With a total of 3,747 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, new foreclosures in Colorado tripled from December to January and increased 36 percent year over year. The state recorded one new foreclosure for every 488 households, the third-highest foreclosure rate among the 50 states."

Foreclosure rates in Texas and Indiana were among the nation's five highest for the second month in a row, and new foreclosures increased in both states in January. Texas reported 14,669 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 15 percent increase from the previous month and one new foreclosure for every 549 households. Indiana reported 4,419 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 30 percent increase from the previous month and one foreclosure for every 571 households.

Along with Texas and Georgia, the five states reporting the most new foreclosures in January included Florida, California and Ohio. Florida reported 10,334 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 28 percent increase from the previous month and the second most new foreclosures of any state. Florida's foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure for every 707 households was 1.6 times the national average."

"California registered a foreclosure rate below the national average despite documenting the third-most new foreclosures of any state. The state reported 9,354 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, a 22 percent increase from the previous month and a 62 percent year-over-year increase."

2 Comments:

At 10:34 AM, Blogger BeanTownBubble said...

At what point would you say the risk premium jumps.

If 1.0% of homes are in forclosure that has to equal pretty close to 1.0% of the mortgages that Fannie and Freddie are backing. That has to devour any profits.

Unless I am missing something at that point they would need to hedge rising forclousure with a larger and larger spread.

 
At 7:24 AM, Blogger wmbz said...

This came as a big surprise...Not!


http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/22/real_estate/foreclosures/index.htm

 

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