According to CoreLogic, 21,000 U.S. home foreclosures were completed in the month of December. This number is equal to the average number of monthly foreclosures for the first time since the housing market crashed in 2007.
The five states with the highest number of completed foreclosures in the past 12 months were Florida (45,000), Michigan (30,000), Texas (24,000), Ohio (21,000) and California (19,000). The five with the fewest foreclosures in the prior 12 months through December were North Dakota (182), District of Columbia (254), West Virginia (312), Montana (630) and Alaska (668).
Of the 10 largest U.S. metro areas, the foreclosure inventory was highest in the New York area, at 2.5%. The Miami metro area’s foreclosure inventory totaled 2.0%, with the Las Vegas metro and Chicago each at 1.1%. The lowest totals were posted in the San Francisco (0.1%) area and in Denver (0.2%).
Foreclosure and delinquency trends continue to move in the right direction, a result of increasing employment levels, stricter underwriting standards and higher home prices over the past few years, according to CoreLogic’s CEO Anand Nallathambi. Further declines in foreclosure and delinquency rates are expected in 2017.
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