The various types of foreclosure filings – default notices,
scheduled auctions, and actual lender repossessions – declined in November.
RealtyTrac, a subsidiary of ATTOM Data Solutions said the aggregate of these legal
actions totaled 10,042 during the month. This is a decline of 14 percent from
October and 80 percent from a year earlier. Much of the downturn can be
attributed to the foreclosure moratoria which have been extended beyond the end
of this year.
“It’s not unusual to see foreclosure activity slow down beginning in
November and through the holiday season,” said Rick Sharga, executive vice
president at RealtyTrac, an ATTOM Data Solutions company. “Both foreclosure
starts and repossessions were down about 80 percent on a year-over-year basis,
but it might be worth noting that a few cities that may be vulnerable to the
pandemic-driven flight from urban areas to the suburbs – like New York City,
Chicago, and Miami – were among the markets with the highest levels of
RealtyTrac reports that one in every 13,581 housing units in the U.S. had at
least one foreclosure filing during the month with one in every 7,109 of
Florida properties the highest rate. In Illinois, the rate was one in every
7,285 units and Oklahoma had for one in every 8,128 units. New Mexico and
Delaware rounded out the top five.
Among the 220 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with a population of 200,000
or more the highest rates were in Champaign, Illinois; Shreveport, Louisiana;
and Macon, Georgia, each with a rate in the range of one in every 3,800 to
4,000 housing units. In those areas with
populations exceeding 1 million the highest rates were in St. Louis, Missouri;
Cleveland, Ohio; and Jacksonville, Florida. All had rates below one in every
Foreclosure starts totaled 5,256 during the month. This was 13 percent fewer
than in October and down 79 percent from a year ago. Starts declined in many
states, however they did pop higher in some, including Missouri (up 18 percent),
Indiana (14 percent) and Georgia (4 percent).
Foreclosures were conducted on a total of 2,010 U.S. properties in November,
down 22 percent from last month and down 86 percent from a year ago. Completed
foreclosures were highest in Florida, Illinois, and California.