Foreclosures Down to 69,000 in March, Inventory Also Down

“Year-over-year, the number of completed foreclosures decreased about 19 percent to 69,000 in March 2012 compared to 85,000 in March 2011, according to CoreLogic’s National Foreclosure Report for March. Month-over-month, with the number of completed foreclosures in February 2012 at 66,000, foreclosures increased about 4.5 percent in March 2012. On a quarterly basis, foreclosures decreased …

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GSEs’ Long Run of Declining Delinquencies Comes to an End

For the first time in over a year neither Fannie Mae nor Freddie Mac are showing any downward movement in their seriously delinquent mortgage rates. Fannie’s percentage of single-family loans at least three payments past due remained unchanged between the months of June and July at 4.08 percent, according to the latest monthly summary report …

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HUD’s Inventory of REOs More Than Double a Year Ago

HUD has released a report detailing recent business activity at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). It shows that the federal agency’s inventory of REO homes has ballooned as sales from this portfolio fell sharply during the final months of 2010 and early part of this year. The number of repossessed single-family properties held at the …

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Underwater homeowners hanging on

Fears that droves of underwater homeowners will walk away from their homes in “strategic defaults” may be overblown, research by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco suggests. In California, Florida and Nevada, more than one in five mortgages have principal balances that are greater than the estimated value of the homes that …

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