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November foreclosures drop 7%


From CNN:

Foreclosure filings dropped 7% from October to November, according a report released Thursday. But don’t break out the bubbly. The tide of foreclosures may be ebbing now, but the flood isn’t over yet.

“There are several indications that this lower activity is simply a temporary lull before another foreclosure storm hits in the coming months,” James Saccacio, RealtyTrac’s CEO, said in a statement.

November foreclosure filings fell to 259,085, or one for every 488 households in the nation, according to the latest report from RealtyTrac, the online marketer of foreclosure properties. That was down from October, but up 28% from November of 2007.


November’s decline in foreclosure filings is deceiving, according to Rick Sharga, RealtyTrac’s vice president of marketing, because much of it is attributable to temporary foreclosure prevention efforts.

“The reduction is because Fannie Mae (FNM, Fortune 500) and Freddie Mac (FRE, Fortune 500) both announced moratoriums on foreclosures, while major lenders also put the brakes on foreclosure proceedings,” said Sharga. “State moratoriums are also delaying the onset of foreclosures. But all that will only delay, not avoid them.”

Sharga expects to see another good report in December, but a significant spike in foreclosure filings come January.

Oh, it’s only temporary.


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