Research firm RealtyTrac says there were 12,800 California properties with foreclosure filings in June; down 15 percent from a year ago. RealtyTrac’s Daren Blomquist says that continues a long term downward trend.
“We’ve now seen 31 consecutive months in California where foreclosure activity has been declining on a year over year basis,” says Blomquist. That’s overall foreclosure activity - beginning with the notice of default, then the auction listing, and finally the bank repossession.
Blomquist says what’s driving the overall activity down is foreclosure starts – or notices of default – are down 21 percent from last year. However Blomquist points out bank repossessions are up 18 percent from a year ago.
“A lot of people who’ve been in trouble for several years are finally being foreclosed on – that’s where we’re seeing the increase,” says Blomquist.
The average time to foreclose during the second quarter decreased from a year ago by seven percent. Blomquist says it’s a sign that banks are working through delayed foreclosures.