ATTOM: Incidence of Foreclosure Filings Continues to Decrease, Down 8 Percent in May


ATTOM’s May 2021 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report shows there were a total of 10,821 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings (default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions), which was down 8 percent from a month ago but up 23 percent from a year ago.

Foreclosure starts, which represent the initial notice of default, grew by 36 percent year-over-year.

“While the increase in foreclosure activity is significant, it’s important to keep these numbers in perspective,” says RealtyTrac Executive Vice President Rick Sharga. “Last year’s numbers were extraordinarily low due to the implementation of the foreclosure moratorium and the CARES Act mortgage forbearance program, so the year-over-year numbers look a lot more dramatic than they are. And May foreclosure activity actually declined compared to April.”

Nationwide, one in every 12,700 housing units had a foreclosure filing. States with the highest foreclosure rates in May 2021 were Nevada (one in every 5,535 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Delaware (one in every 5,854 housing units); Illinois (one in every 5,903 housing units); Florida (one in every 7,207 housing units); and New Jersey (one in every 7,679 housing units).

Other takeaways from the report include the following:

– Among the 220 metro areas with a population of at least 200,000, those with the highest foreclosure rates in May 2021 were Champaign, Ill. (one in every 2,420 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Peoria, Ill. (one in every 3,030 housing units); Cleveland (one in every 3,715 housing units); Bakersfield, Calif. (one in every 3,774 housing units); and Mobile, Ala. (one in every 4,174 housing units).

– Lenders started the foreclosure process on 5,909 U.S. properties in May 2021, down 7 percent from last month and up 36 percent from a year ago.

– Lenders repossessed 1,315 U.S. properties through completed foreclosures (REOs) in May 2021, down 15 percent from last month and down 54 percent from last year. States that had the greatest number of REOs in May 2021 included: California (154); Florida (148); Illinois (144); Texas (83); and Ohio (70).

Photo by BasicGov, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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