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Foreclosure Activity Decreases 2 Percent in May According to RealtyTrac(R) U.S. Foreclosure Market Report


June 16, 2011 - IRVINE, CA

RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for May 2011, which shows foreclosure filings -- default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions -- were reported on 214,927 U.S. properties in May, a 2 percent decrease from April and a 33 percent decrease from May 2010. The report also shows one in every 605 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month of May.

"Foreclosure processing delays continue to mask the true face of the foreclosure situation, although there were some clues in the May numbers of what lies behind that mask," said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. "First, activity spiked in May for various stages of the foreclosure process in some states, a pattern that has occurred in several states over the past few months. This pattern provides evidence that lenders are somewhat unevenly pushing batches of bad loans through foreclosure as they overhaul their paperwork and documentation procedures and as they determine that some local markets are able to absorb more foreclosure inventory.

"Second, while the inventory of properties in the foreclosure process has declined steadily over the past six months -- thanks in large part to 16 consecutive months of year-over-year declines in new default notices -- the inventory of unsold bank-owned REOs increased in April and May even as new REO activity slowed in both of those months," Saccacio continued. "That points to continued weak demand from buyers, making it tough for lenders to unload their REO inventory. Even at a significantly lower level than a year ago, the new supply of REOs exceeds the amount being sold each month."

Foreclosure Activity by Type
Default notices (NOD, LIS) were filed for the first time on a total of 58,797 U.S. properties in May, a 7 percent decrease from the previous month and a 39 percent decrease from May 2010. May's total was the lowest number of monthly default notices since December 2006 -- a 53-month low.

Foreclosure auctions (NTS, NFS) were scheduled for 89,251 U.S. properties in May, an increase of 3 percent from the 31-month low hit in April, but still down 33 percent from May 2010. May's monthly increase followed eight straight monthly decreases in scheduled foreclosure auctions.

Bank repossessions (REOs) decreased on a monthly basis for the second straight month in May, with 66,879 U.S. properties repossessed by lenders during the month -- a 4 percent decrease from the previous month and a 29 percent decrease from May 2010. Since the so-called robo-signing controversy came to light in October 2010, REO activity has followed a rollercoaster pattern, with five monthly decreases and three monthly increases.

Non-judicial foreclosure activity accounts for two-thirds of national total
A total of 141,348 properties received foreclosure filings in states where lenders primarily use the non-judicial foreclosure process -- nearly two-thirds of the national total. Overall foreclosure activity in non-judicial foreclosure states was down 3 percent from April and down 25 percent from May 2010.

Scheduled auctions in non-judicial foreclosure states increased 2 percent on a month-over-month basis, led by a 16 percent increase in California and 10 percent increases in Texas, Virginia and Michigan.

Although REO activity in non-judicial foreclosure states overall was down 6 percent from the previous month, some non-judicial foreclosure states posted substantial month-over-month increases in REO activity, including Georgia, with a 79 percent increase, Virginia, with a 36 percent increase, and Michigan, with a 19 percent increase.

A total of 73,579 properties received foreclosure filings in states where lenders primarily use the judicial foreclosure process, virtually unchanged from the previous month but down 45 percent from May 2010.

Scheduled auctions increased 6 percent on a month-over-month basis in judicial foreclosure states, with Oklahoma posting an 86 percent increase, Maryland posting a 56 percent increase and Illinois posting a 47 percent increase.

REO activity in judicial foreclosure states increased 1 percent on a month-over-month basis, with New York posting a 97 percent increase, New Jersey posting a 21 percent increase, Wisconsin posting a 20 percent increase and Indiana posting an 18 percent increase.

Nevada, Arizona, California post top state foreclosure rates
Nevada posted the nation's highest state foreclosure rate for the 53rd straight month in May, with one in every 103 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month. Nevada REOs in May were down 21 percent from the record high hit in April, while default notices (NOD) increased 8 percent from the previous month and scheduled auctions (NTS) decreased 1 percent from the previous month.

Scheduled auctions in Arizona (NTS) increased 4 percent in May from April, helping the state maintain the nation's second highest foreclosure rate -- one in every 210 Arizona housing units received a foreclosure filing in May. Arizona REO activity in May was down 8 percent from the previous month but virtually unchanged from May 2010.

California posted the nation's third highest state foreclosure rate, with one in every 259 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month. Scheduled auctions in California (NTS) increased 16 percent from the previous month, while default notices (NOD) were down 16 percent to a 31-month low and REOs decreased 25 percent from the previous month.

Michigan posted the nation's fourth highest state foreclosure rate in May, with one in every 311 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month, and Utah posted the nation's fifth highest state foreclosure rate, with one in every 365 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month.

Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the top 10 were Georgia, Idaho, Florida, Illinois and Colorado.

Five states account for more than half of U.S. foreclosure activity
Five states accounted for 51 percent of U.S. foreclosure activity in May, led by California, where 51,906 properties received a foreclosure filing during the month.

A total of 19,192 Florida properties received a foreclosing filing in May, the second highest state total despite a 62 percent decrease from May 2010. Florida initial default notices (LIS) decreased 10 percent from the previous month, but scheduled auctions (NFS) and REOs in Florida both increased on a monthly basis.

A total of 14,614 Michigan properties received a foreclosure filing in May, the third highest state total, followed by Arizona, with 13,122 properties receiving a foreclosure filing during the month, and Nevada, with 11,039 properties receiving a foreclosure filing during the month.

Other states with foreclosure activity totals among the nation's 10 highest in May were Illinois (10,574), Georgia (10,503), Texas (9,055), Ohio (8,379), and Wisconsin (4,660).

Rust Belt city breaks into Top 10 metro foreclosure rates dominated by Sun Belt
Las Vegas continued to post the nation's highest foreclosure rate among metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more, with one in every 89 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in May -- more than six times the national average.

The Reno-Sparks metro area in Nevada also continued to post a foreclosure rate among the top 10 highest, at No. 5 with one in every 158 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in May.

Six California cities posted foreclosure rates in the top 10, led by Stockton at No. 2 (one in every 139 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month), Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 3 (one in every 140 housing units), and Modesto at No. 4 (one in every 154 housing units). Other California cities in the top 10 were Bakersfield at No. 7 (one in every 169 housing units), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario at No. 8 (also one in every 169 housing units), and Merced at No. 10 (one in every 193 housing units).

With one in every 165 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in May, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area in Arizona posted the nation's sixth highest metro foreclosure rate.

The Flint, Mich., metro area broke into the top 10 thanks to a 106 percent month-over-month increase in foreclosure activity -- although the metro area's foreclosure activity was still down slightly from May 2010. One in every 182 Flint housing units received a foreclosure filing in May, ranking No. 9 among the nation's metro areas.

Report methodology
The RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing entered into the RealtyTrac database during the month -- broken out by type of filing. Some foreclosure filings entered into the database during the month may have been recorded in previous months. Data is collected from more than 2,200 counties nationwide, and those counties account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. RealtyTrac's report incorporates documents filed in all three phases of foreclosure: Default -- Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Auction -- Notice of Trustee Sale and Notice of Foreclosure Sale (NTS and NFS); and Real Estate Owned, or REO properties (that have been foreclosed on and repurchased by a bank). The report does not count a property again if it receives the same type of foreclosure filing multiple times within the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the state where the property is located.

U.S. Foreclosure Market Data by State -- May 2011


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Properties with Foreclosure Filings
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1/every
Rate X HU
Rank State Name NOD LIS NTS NFS REO Total (rate)
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-- U.S. 28,468 30,329 67,313 21,938 66,879 214,927 605
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34 Alabama 0 0 701 0 822 1,523 1,433
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37 Alaska 2 0 110 0 49 161 1,763
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2 Arizona 15 0 7,025 0 6,082 13,122 210
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24 Arkansas 78 0 847 0 520 1,445 907
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3 California 18,999 0 22,604 0 10,303 51,906 259
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10 Colorado 24 0 2,340 0 1,823 4,187 518
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30 Connecticut 0 902 0 66 312 1,280 1,130
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14 Delaware 0 0 1 490 160 651 609
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District of
Columbia 0 0 15 0 23 38 7,504
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8 Florida 0 8,054 0 6,578 4,560 19,192 461
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6 Georgia 0 0 6,387 0 4,116 10,503 387
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12 Hawaii 87 0 438 0 375 900 573
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7 Idaho 598 0 571 0 239 1,408 460
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9 Illinois 0 6,551 0 1,835 2,188 10,574 500
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23 Indiana 0 811 0 1,036 1,322 3,169 887
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22 Iowa 0 889 3 250 389 1,531 878
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35 Kansas 0 200 0 375 263 838 1,473
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38 Kentucky 0 410 0 471 208 1,089 1,777
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27 Louisiana 0 175 0 1,038 622 1,835 1,070
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42 Maine 0 77 1 68 120 266 2,649
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32 Maryland 0 740 0 476 583 1,799 1,301
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29 Massachusetts 0 679 0 1,298 469 2,446 1,124
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4 Michigan 3,732 0 4,676 0 6,206 14,614 311
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21 Minnesota 39 0 1,277 0 1,497 2,813 829
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47 Mississippi 0 0 45 0 140 185 6,930
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26 Missouri 2 0 1,232 0 1,352 2,586 1,037
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40 Montana 0 0 50 0 180 230 1,919
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43 Nebraska 117 0 65 0 102 284 2,788
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1 Nevada 3,623 0 3,763 0 3,653 11,039 103
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25 New Hampshire 0 0 309 0 336 645 930
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45 New Jersey 0 521 0 226 258 1,005 3,509
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33 New Mexico 0 321 0 105 204 630 1,394
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44 New York 0 1,828 0 226 327 2,381 3,367
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36 North Carolina 354 0 1,538 0 797 2,689 1,584
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49 North Dakota 0 0 0 9 24 33 9,589
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13 Ohio 0 3,133 0 3,176 2,070 8,379 608
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20 Oklahoma 0 729 17 833 431 2,010 821
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16 Oregon 54 0 1,388 0 726 2,168 756
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39 Pennsylvania 0 838 0 1,203 943 2,984 1,849
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19 Rhode Island 0 0 344 0 220 564 802
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15 South Carolina 0 1,683 0 414 757 2,854 730
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46 South Dakota 0 38 0 15 39 92 3,974
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31 Tennessee 0 0 668 0 1,708 2,376 1,170
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28 Texas 10 0 5,391 0 3,654 9,055 1,074
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5 Utah 717 0 916 0 977 2,610 365
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50 Vermont 0 0 1 0 7 8 39,281
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17 Virginia 16 0 2,537 0 1,796 4,349 766
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18 Washington 0 0 2,026 0 1,577 3,603 781
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48 West Virginia 0 0 1 0 110 111 8,052
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11 Wisconsin 0 1,750 7 1,750 1,153 4,660 555
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41 Wyoming 1 0 19 0 87 107 2,331
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Properties with Foreclosure
Filings
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Rate % change from % change from
Rank State Name Apr 11 May 10
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-- U.S. -1.98 -33.44
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34 Alabama -17.23 -21.01
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37 Alaska -30.90 -38.08
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2 Arizona -2.21 -18.48
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24 Arkansas -29.24 -33.29
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3 California -7.09 -27.94
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10 Colorado -4.38 -13.55
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30 Connecticut -0.93 -38.70
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14 Delaware 8.50 79.83
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District of
Columbia 35.71 -85.98
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8 Florida -2.33 -62.13
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6 Georgia 23.87 -23.77
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12 Hawaii -8.81 -14.69
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7 Idaho -29.39 -32.14
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9 Illinois 5.16 -29.79
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23 Indiana 2.42 -35.07
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22 Iowa -4.07 127.83*
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35 Kansas 3.33 -32.31
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38 Kentucky 36.30* -23.09
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27 Louisiana -19.83 5.89
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42 Maine -22.67 0.00
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32 Maryland 19.93 -69.26
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29 Massachusetts -18.11 -42.41
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4 Michigan 12.45 -28.09
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21 Minnesota 6.31 -11.18
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47 Mississippi -48.75 -48.32
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26 Missouri 4.65 -32.67
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40 Montana -16.97 28.49
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43 Nebraska 3.65 -8.68
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1 Nevada -6.14 -23.05
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25 New Hampshire -27.12 -14.11
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45 New Jersey -15.19 -87.43
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33 New Mexico -6.11 -56.70
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44 New York 12.68 -40.83
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36 North Carolina -3.41 -38.28
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49 North Dakota 83.33 -50.00
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13 Ohio 5.24 -19.27
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20 Oklahoma 48.78 10.99
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16 Oregon -34.22 -31.09
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39 Pennsylvania -18.96 -43.57
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19 Rhode Island -21.99 96.52
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15 South Carolina -8.50 -29.77
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46 South Dakota -23.97 -45.24
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31 Tennessee -9.73 -38.95
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28 Texas 2.98 -18.69
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5 Utah -11.85 -0.50
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50 Vermont 60.00 -57.89
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17 Virginia 19.68 -30.33
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18 Washington -8.48 -25.86
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48 West Virginia -7.50 -2.63
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11 Wisconsin 13.00 1.00
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41 Wyoming 52.86 4.90
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*Actual increase may not be as high due to data collection changes or improvements

Report License
The RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report is the result of a proprietary evaluation of information compiled by RealtyTrac; the report and any of the information in whole or in part can only be quoted, copied, published, re-published, distributed and/or re-distributed or used in any manner if the user specifically references RealtyTrac as the source for said report and/or any of the information set forth within the report.

About RealtyTrac Inc.
RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com) is the leading online marketplace of foreclosure properties, with more than 2 million default, auction and bank-owned listings from over 2,200 U.S. counties, along with detailed property, loan and home sales data. Hosting more than 3 million unique monthly visitors, RealtyTrac provides innovative technology solutions and practical education resources to facilitate buying, selling and investing in real estate. RealtyTrac's foreclosure data has also been used by the Federal Reserve, FBI, U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and Banking Committee, U.S. Treasury Department, and numerous state housing and banking departments to help evaluate foreclosure trends and address policy issues related to foreclosures.

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