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Foreclosure Starts Retreat After Spiking in January

Foreclosure starts dropped by 15 percent month-over-month in February, down to 79,700, the lowest level since November 2014 and their third lowest total for any month in at least seven years, according to Black Knight. This decline in foreclosure starts came just one month after the number swelled to 94,300 in January, the highest level since December 2013. Analysts concluded at that time that the spike in foreclosure starts for January was likely due to seasonality and not a forming trend.

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Analyst: Recent Spike in Foreclosure Starts Likely Due to Seasonality

According to Black Knight, however, one stat experienced an increase – foreclosure starts jumped by 5.5 percent year-over-year in January up to their highest level since December 2013. About 51 percent of January's reported total of 94,300 foreclosure starts were repeat foreclosures, according to Black Knight. January's spike in foreclosure starts is likely attributed more to seasonality than any type of pattern that may be forming, according to Black Knight's SVP of Loan Data Products, Trey Barnes.

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Foreclosure Starts Reach 12-Month High; Completions Falling

Foreclosure starts reached their highest level in a year in January, but foreclosure completions are falling faster than the seriously delinquent loan rate – resulting in an across the board increase in foreclosure pipeline ratios, according to Black Knight Financial Services' January 2015 Mortgage Monitor released Monday.

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Foreclosure Inventory Down Despite Rise in Starts

Foreclosure inventory was way down nationwide year-over-year in January despite a 5.5 percent month-over-month increase in foreclosure starts, according to Black Knight Financial Services' First Look at January Mortgage Data. Foreclosure starts totaled 94,300 for January, which was the highest number since December 2013. January's total was a 5.5 percent increase from December and a slight increase of 0.2 percent from January 2014.

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Delinquency Rate Tumbles in December, Reversing November’s Large Increase

Just one month after experiencing the largest monthly increase in six years, the nation's mortgage delinquency rate took a big tumble in December, according to Black Knight Financial Services' December 2014 "First Look" at Mortgage Data released Friday. The mortgage delinquency rate, or the number of mortgage loans that are 30 days or more past due but not in foreclosure, dropped down to 5.6 percent for December – a decline of 7.2 percent from November and 12.7 percent from December 2013.

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Foreclosure Completions, Starts on GSE Loans Continue Steady Decline

Both foreclosure completions and foreclosure starts on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans continued their steady decline in the third quarter, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)'s Q3 Foreclosure Prevention Report released Monday. The GSEs completed 39,100 foreclosures in Q3, down 9 percent from the 43,000 that were completed in Q2, according to the report.

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Repeat Foreclosure Percentage Increases to Tie All-Time High

The percentage of September's foreclosure starts that were repeat foreclosures rose by two percentage points month-over-month to account for 53 percent of foreclosure starts, tying the highest percentage for a single month, according to Black Knight Financial Services' September 2014 Mortgage Monitor.

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