10,042 U.S. Properties Received a Foreclosure Filing in November 2020, Down 14 Percent from Last Month; Florida tops out with the highest foreclosure rate, leading the nation in REO filings; Foreclosure Starts Uptick Monthly in Missouri, Indiana and Georgia

IRVINE, Calif. – December 10, 2020 — ATTOM Data Solutions, licensor of the nation’s most comprehensive foreclosure data and parent company to RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com), a foreclosure listings portal, today released its November 2020 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows there were a total of 10,042 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions — in November 2020, down 14 percent from a month ago and down 80 percent from a year ago.

“It’s not unusual to see foreclosure activity slow down beginning in November and through the holiday season,” said Rick Sharga, executive vice president at RealtyTrac, an ATTOM Data Solutions company. “Both foreclosure starts and repossessions were down about 80% on a year-over-year basis, but it might be worth noting that a few cities that may be vulnerable to the pandemic-driven flight from urban areas to the suburbs – like New York City, Chicago, and Miami – were among the markets with the highest levels of foreclosure actions.”

Florida, Illinois and Oklahoma post highest state foreclosure rates

Nationwide one in every 13,581 housing units had a foreclosure filing in November 2020. States with the highest foreclosure rates were Florida (one in every 7,109 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Illinois (one in every 7,285 housing units); Oklahoma (one in every 8,128 housing units); New Mexico (one in every 9,236 housing units); and Delaware (one in every 9,310 housing units).

Among the 220 metropolitan statistical areas with a population of at least 200,000, those with the highest foreclosure rates in November 2020 were Champaign, IL (one in every 3,636  housing units with a foreclosure filing); Shreveport, LA (one in every 3,806 housing units); Macon, GA (one in every 3,947 housing units); Davenport, IA (one in every 4,038 housing units); and Evansville, IN (one in every 4,296 housing units).

Those metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million that posted the worst foreclosure rates in November 2020, were St. Louis, MO (one in every 4,454 housing units); Cleveland, OH (one in every 5,368 housing units); Jacksonville, FL (one in every 5,877 housing units); Louisville, KY (one in every 6,373 housing units), and Birmingham, AL (one in every 6,591 housing units).

Foreclosure starts decline monthly nationwide

A total of 5,256 U.S. properties started the foreclosure process in November 2020, down 13 percent from last month and down 79 percent from a year ago.

While foreclosure starts are down in many states across the nation, a few states did see monthly increases in foreclosure starts in November 2020, including Missouri (up 18 percent), Indiana (up 14 percent), Georgia (up 4 percent), Arizona (up 1 percent), and Texas (up 1 percent).

Among metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million, those with the greatest number of foreclosure starts in November 2020 were New York, NY (454 foreclosure starts); St. Louis, MO (208 foreclosure starts), Chicago, IL (207 foreclosure starts); Miami, FL (151 foreclosure starts); and Los Angeles, CA (147 foreclosure starts).

Bank repossessions see a 22 percent decline from last month

Lenders foreclosed (REO) on a total of 2,010 U.S. properties in November 2020, down 22 percent from last month and down 86 percent from a year ago.

States that posted the greatest number of completed foreclosures (REOs) in November 2020, included Florida (273 REOs filed); Illinois (167 REOs filed); California (164 REOs filed); Arizona (141 REOs filed); and Georgia (117 REOs filed).

Among the metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million, those with the greatest number of REOs filed in November 2020, included Chicago, IL (114 REOs filed); Phoenix, AZ (93 REOs filed); Atlanta, GA (88 REOs filed); Birmingham, AL (60 REOs filed); and Miami, FL (58 REOs filed).

Report methodology

The ATTOM Data Solutions U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing entered into the ATTOM Data Warehouse during the month and quarter. Some foreclosure filings entered into the database during the quarter may have been recorded in the previous quarter. Data is collected from more than 2,200 counties nationwide, and those counties account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. ATTOM’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). For the annual, midyear and quarterly reports, if more than one type of foreclosure document is received for a property during the timeframe, only the most recent filing is counted in the report. The annual, midyear, quarterly and monthly reports all check if the same type of document was filed against a property previously. If so, and if that previous filing occurred within the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the state where the property is located, the report does not count the property in the current year, quarter or month.

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