During the month of February, foreclosure activity dropped to an 11-year low, according to new data from ATTOM Data Solutions. This was the lowest point since November 2005 and the 17th consecutive month of annual decreases.
Although the nationwide average significantly dropped, there were 10 states that experienced an increase in foreclosure activity in February. States that saw the largest increase include: New Jersey with an increase of 16 percent, Delaware with 14 percent, Louisiana with 12 percent, Alabama with 10 percent and Hawaii with eight percent.
Foreclosure starts were also down 13 percent from February of last year, however some states experienced an annual increase including: Alabama with an increase of 40 percent in foreclosure starts, Texas with an increase of 26 percent, New Jersey with an increase of 24 percent, Florida with an increase of 12 percent, Illinois with an increase of 11 percent and Arizona with an increase of nine percent.
ATTOM Senior Vice President Daren Blomquist said there are two major reasons why some states are still seeing an increase in foreclosure starts. The first reason is due to the backlog stemming from the housing crisis. States such as Florida and New Jersey are still experiencing distress from the bubble-era. The second reason is due to the newly relaxed lending standards in some areas.
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