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Foreclosure Rates: Back to the Future

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A new report revealed that foreclosure rates are down to pre-crisis levels for the first time since the recession. Here is a look at other major performance metrics and their impact on the housing market.

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Foreclosure Completions Skyrocket While Inventory Plummets

The number of completed foreclosures surged from 37,000 in August up to 55,000 in September, an increase of 49.5 percent, largely due to an annual public auctioning of thousands of tax-foreclosed properties in Wayne County, Michigan, where Detroit is the county seat, according to CoreLogic. By comparison, foreclosure completions averaged about 21,000 per month in the pre-recession years from 2000 to 2006.

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Foreclosure Completions Plummet Year-Over-Year While Starts Increase

Completed foreclosure sales totaled approximately 96,000 for Q1 2015, down from 126,000 in the same quarter a year earlier, according to HOPE NOW – a decline of approximately 24 percent. Foreclosure starts jumped by 3 percent year-over-year in Q1 (from 219,000 up to 225,000) and about 10 percent quarter-over-quarter (from 205,000 up to 225,000).

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Foreclosure Inventory, Completions Continue Decline Toward Pre-Crisis Levels

Foreclosure inventory also fell substantially year-over-year in March, declining by 25.7 percent down to about 542,000 mortgages (about 1.4 percent of all mortgages nationwide) – marking the 41st consecutive month of year-over-year declines, according to CoreLogic. In March 2014, there were about 729,000 residential homes, or 1.9 percent of mortgages nationwide, that were in some stage of foreclosure.

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Foreclosure Completions Down Two-Thirds From 2010 Peak

Foreclosure inventory, which is the number of homes in some state of foreclosure, totaled 553,000 in February (about 1.4 percent of all residential mortgages nationwide), the lowest total since March 2008 and a year-over-year decline of 27.3 percent from February 2014, when there were 761,000 homes in some state of foreclosure (1.9 percent of all residential mortgages).

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