California had the third biggest decrease among U.S. states in the number of homes in some stage of the foreclosure process, CoreLogic reported. As of February, 2.4 percent of the California homes with a mortgage, or about 160,000 households, faced the possibility of foreclosure.
CoreLogic’s February numbers showed also that:
- 6.7 percent of the state’s mortgaged homes, or about 458,000 households, were 90 days or more late on their house payments. That’s down from 9 percent in February of last year.
- Banks seized 154,212 homes through foreclosure in the 12 months ending in February.
- Nationwide, banks seized 3.4 million homes through foreclosure during the past 3 ½ years – and 862,418 in the past year alone.
- An additional 1.4 million U.S. homes, or 3.4 percent of all homes with a mortgage, were in the foreclosure process.
- That’s down from 3.6 percent in February of last year, when 1.5 million U.S. households were in the foreclosure process.
- The five states with the highest proportion of homes in the foreclosure process were Florida, 12 percent; New Jersey, 6.6 percent; Illinois, 5.4 percent; Nevada, 5 percent; and New York, 4.9 percent.
- The five states with the lowest proportion in the foreclosure process were Wyoming, 0.7 percent; Alaska, 0.8 percent; North Dakota, 0.8 percent; Nebraska, 1 percent; and Montana, 1.4 percent.
“The overall foreclosure inventory is decreasing because sales (of bank-owned homes) were up in February,” said CoreLogic Chief Economist Mark Fleming. “With the spring buying season upon us, the inventory may decline further.” This article is from the OC Register: “Calif. foreclosure rates dropping“.