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30 April, 2008

Foreclosures Still on the Arising!!!

Making It Through Life's Trials Together!

Hello!Is Anyone Home!!!!

I have come to the Conclusion that Our Economy will change when Our Government Officials,President,Next President,etc. change their way of thinking! We the people are living but yet inside We're dying! Thanks to our Government Officials! Why is it that the Ones who's in charge of making a change are acting like they can't! They hold the key to our Economy Crisis! They have the Power to chang things whenever they want! I'm sick of Our Government Officials pointing the finger at the Other. Give Me a Break! Just come together, get together and get it together! Do they really Love Us the People? I think not! If so, They would have put a stop to this Madness with Gas Prices, Foreclosures, Unemployment, Health Insurance and Everything else relating to Our Economy when it comes to the People a long time ago before it got this bad!!!

Come on! A word of advise to all Our Government Officials serving in their rightful and/or respectful places start thinking about helping the People instead of trying to Capitalize on how to make our Country Richer why the People of the Country continue to get Poorer! Please don't hate me for telling it like It Is!, LOL!! I'm Laughing to keep from Crying!


By Tara Moore
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Update on Our Foreclosure Crisis!!!

First-Quarter Foreclosures Up 112%
Home prices plunge 12.7%, with no bottom in sight

Foreclosure

• Buying a Home in Foreclosure: What You Need to Know
•Mortgage Crisis? Act Now to Avoid Foreclosure
• Foreclosure Not Inevitable, Fast Action Needed
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News
• Bank Of America Tries To Stem Rising Foreclosures
• Foreclosure Efforts Lacking, States Find
• California Foreclosures Surge 327%
• March Foreclosures Up 57%
• Homeowners Raiding Retirement Accounts to Avoid Foreclosure
• 'House Stealing' Scam Combines Identity Theft, Mortgage Fraud
• Foreclosure Filings Up 57 Percent In February
• Senate Will Try To Override Veto Of Foreclosure Bill
• Foreclosures Up In Most Urban Metros Last Year
• ACORN, Countrywide Tweak Subprime Relief Plan
• Foreclosure Prevention Efforts Falling Flat
• States Fight Foreclosure Rescue Scams
• Mayors Warn Homes Could Lose $1.2 Trillion In Value
• Foreclosures Spike in More Metro Areas
• Searching For Foreclosure Bargains Can Be Costly
• September Foreclosures Double Year-Ago Levels
• August Foreclosures Up 115% Over Last Year
• Foreclosures Continue at Record Levels
• Feds Urge Lenders To Help Stave Off Foreclosures
• Foreclosures Surge 93 Percent In One Year
• New Jersey Man Cited For Exploiting Foreclosure Victims
• North Carolina Shutters “We Buy Homes” Scheme
• Predatory Lending Bill Back in Congress
• Groups Seek To Roll Back Foreclosures
• Seniors Bear Brunt Of Predatory Lending
• U.S. Foreclosure Rate Surges 47 Percent
• Regulators Urge Mortgage Lenders to be Flexible with Homeowners
• California Foreclosure Notices at 10-Year High
• Bankruptcy Laws Contributing to Foreclosure Epidemic
• Realtors: Home Prices May Dip This Year
• Civil Rights Groups Want Foreclosure Moratorium


The foreclosure tsunami gained strength at the start of 2008, with foreclosures surging 112 percent over the same period a year ago. The real estate marketing firm RealtyTrac says first-quarter foreclosures were up 23 percent over the last quarter of 2007.

The foreclosure report comes on the same day as the latest S&P Case/Shiller Home Price Index showed home prices falling 12.7 percent in the last 12 months, ending in February. The Index tracks home prices in the 20 largest U.S. housing markets.

Of the 20 markets surveyed, 17 had record declines. Half of the markets reported double-digit price declines.

"There is no sign of a bottom in the numbers," said S&P spokesman David M. Blitzer.

The firm's quarterly report shows foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — were reported on 649,917 properties during the first quarter, with one in every 194 U.S. households receiving a foreclosure filing during the period.

"Foreclosure activity in the first quarter increased on a year-over-year basis in 46 out of the 50 states and in 90 of the nation's 100 largest metro areas, demonstrating that most regions of the country are seeing more foreclosures," said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. "In some areas there are also some unusual, non-market factors impacting the foreclosure numbers."

As an example, Saccacio points to the city of Philadelphia, which in late March issued a temporary moratorium on all foreclosure auctions for April.

The city has since adopted a program that will delay foreclosure proceedings on owner-occupied properties until the owners have met face-to-face with lenders to attempt a loan workout plan that would prevent foreclosure.

"While we're hopeful that programs like those in Philadelphia will have a positive long-term impact, they could be simply deferring another flood of foreclosures," Saccacio said. "And that could extend the length of time it takes the market to recover from this downward cycle, in which we've already seen seven consecutive quarters of increasing foreclosure activity."

West is worst
Nevada, California and Arizona posted the top state foreclosure rates in the latest report.

One in every 54 Nevada households received a foreclosure filing during the first quarter, the highest foreclosure rate among the states and 3.6 times the national average. Foreclosure filings were reported on 19,595 Nevada properties during the quarter, up 3 percent from the previous quarter and up 137 percent from the first quarter of 2007.

Foreclosure filings were reported on 169,831 California properties during the first quarter, the highest total among the states and a rate of one in every 78 households — the nation's second highest foreclosure rate. Foreclosure activity in California increased 32 percent from the previous quarter and was up nearly 213 percent from the first quarter of 2007.

Arizona documented the nation's third highest state foreclosure rate, with one in every 95 households receiving a foreclosure filing during the quarter. Foreclosure filings were reported on 27,404 Arizona properties during the quarter, up 45 percent from the previous quarter and up nearly 245 percent from the first quarter of 2007.

Foreclosure filings were reported on 87,893 Florida properties during the first quarter, the second highest state total and giving Florida the nation's fourth highest foreclosure rate — one in every 97 households received a foreclosure filing during the quarter. Foreclosure activity in the state was up 17 percent from the previous quarter and up 178 percent from the first quarter of 2007.

Colorado foreclosure activity increased 33 percent from the previous quarter and 78 percent from the first quarter of 2007, and the state's foreclosure rate ranked No. 5 among the states. Foreclosure filings were reported on 18,996 Colorado properties during the quarter, a rate of one in every 110 households.

Other states with foreclosure rates among the top 10 were Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Top metro areas
The Q1 2008 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report also ranks the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas by foreclosure rate. California and Florida metro areas accounted for 13 of the top 20 metro foreclosure rates, with the California cities of Stockton and Riverside-San Bernardino taking the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

One in every 30 Stockton households received a foreclosure filing during the quarter — 6.6 times the national average — and one in every 38 Riverside-San Bernardino households received a foreclosure filing during the quarter — more than five times the national average.

Other California metro areas in the top 20 included Bakersfield at No. 4, Sacramento at No. 5, San Diego at No. 9, Oakland at No. 10, Fresno at No. 12, Los Angeles at No. 17 and Orange County at No. 19.

Las Vegas documented the third highest metro foreclosure rate, with one in every 44 households receiving a foreclosure filing during the quarter. The metro area's foreclosure activity increased 1 percent from the previous quarter and 134 percent from the first quarter of 2007.

Detroit foreclosure activity in the first quarter decreased 22 percent from the previous quarter and was down almost 4 percent from the first quarter of 2007, but the metro area's foreclosure rate still ranked No. 6, with one in every 68 households receiving a foreclosure filing during the quarter. Phoenix foreclosure activity increased 46 percent from the previous quarter and 294 percent from the first quarter of 2007, and the metro area's foreclosure rate ranked No. 7, with one in every 70 households receiving a foreclosure filing during the quarter.

The highest ranked Florida metro area was Fort Lauderdale, which ranked No. 8 with one in every 73 households receiving a foreclosure filing during the quarter. Other Florida metro areas in the top 20 included Orlando at No. 13, Miami at No. 14 and Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice at No. 15. The foreclosure rate in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater ranked No. 21.

Other metro areas with foreclosure rates among the top 20 included Denver at No. 11, Atlanta at No. 16, Cleveland at No. 18 and Memphis, Tenn., at No. 20.


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