Highest Foreclosure Rates in New Jersey, Maryland, and Nevada; Average Time to Foreclose Nationwide Hit Pre-Pandemic Levels
IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 12, 2023 — ATTOM, a leading curator of land, property, and real estate data, released its Q3 2023 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows there were a total of 100,546 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions — up 3 percent from the previous quarter and 9 percent from a year ago.
The report also shows there were a total of 36,684 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings in September 2023, up 8 percent from the previous month and up 15 percent from September 2022.
Foreclosure starts tick upwards from last year
Lenders started the foreclosure process on 68,961 U.S. properties in Q3 2023, down 1 percent from the previous quarter but up 3 percent from a year ago — nearly reaching pre-pandemic levels.
States that had 1,000 or more foreclosure starts in Q3 2023 and saw the greatest annual increases were North Carolina (up 53 percent); Louisiana (up 47 percent); Pennsylvania (up 24 percent); Alabama (up 18 percent); and Nevada (up 16 percent).
“Foreclosures are on the rise again this quarter, as indicated by our latest foreclosure numbers,” said Rob Barber, CEO at ATTOM. “Foreclosure starts, largely responsible for that trend, are nearly back to where they were two years ago when the federal government lifted a pandemic-related moratorium on most foreclosure filings. This rise in foreclosures might also be attributed to pending filings finally processing. Even with the national economic upturn and job stability, it’s evident that some homeowners are still grappling with the pandemic’s financial aftermath or encountering new challenges.”
Among the 223 metropolitan statistical areas analyzed in the report those that posted the greatest number of foreclosure starts in Q3 2023, included New York, New York (4,514 foreclosure starts); Chicago, Illinois (2,584 foreclosure starts); Houston, Texas (2,279 foreclosure starts); Los Angeles, California (2,273 foreclosure starts); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2,104 foreclosure starts).
Counter to the national trend of annual increases, among those metropolitan areas with a population greater than one million that saw a decline in foreclosure starts in Q3 2023 were Salt Lake City, Utah (down 74 percent); Chicago, Illinois (down 35 percent); Kansas City, Missouri (down 34 percent); Columbus, Ohio (down 22 percent); and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (down 21 percent).
Highest foreclosure rates in New Jersey, Maryland, and Nevada
Nationwide one in every 1,389 properties had a foreclosure filing in Q3 2023. States with the highest foreclosure rates in Q3 2023 were New Jersey (one in every 794 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Maryland (one in every 816); Nevada (one in every 818); South Carolina (one in every 832); and Delaware (one in every 843).
Among 223 metropolitan statistical areas analyzed in the report, those with the highest foreclosure rates in Q3 2023 were Columbia, South Carolina (one in every 560 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Atlantic City, New Jersey (one in every 584); Fayetteville, North Carolina (one in every 587); Cleveland, Ohio (one in every 612); and Lakeland, Florida (one in every 621).
Bank repossessions decrease slightly nationwide
Lenders repossessed 10,025 U.S. properties through foreclosure (REO) in Q3 2023, down 1 percent from the previous quarter and down 5 percent from a year ago.
States that posted the largest number of completed foreclosures in Q3 2023, included Illinois (1,032 REOs); Pennsylvania (743 REOs); New York (673 REOs); Ohio (617 REOs); and California (610 REOs).
Average time to foreclose decreases 13 percent annually
Properties foreclosed in Q3 2023 had been in the foreclosure process an average of 770 days, down 36 percent from 1,212 days in the previous quarter and down 13 percent from 885 days in Q3 2022, to the lowest level since Q2 2020.
States with the longest average foreclosure timelines for homes foreclosed in Q3 2023 were Louisiana (3,045 days); Hawaii (2,457 days); Nevada (1,963 days); New York (1,893 days); and New Jersey (1,593 days).
States with the shortest average foreclosure timelines for homes foreclosed in Q3 2023 were Montana (169 days); Wyoming (169 days); Texas (171 days); Michigan (205 days); and Missouri (214 days).
September 2023 Foreclosure Activity High-Level Takeaways
Nationwide in September 2023 one in every 3,806 properties had a foreclosure filing.
- States with the highest foreclosure rates in September 2023 were Nevada (one in every 2,163 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Maryland (one in every 2,253 housing units); South Carolina (one in every 2,260 housing units); Delaware (one in every 2,380 housing units); and New Jersey (one in every 2,531 housing units).
- 25,042 U.S. properties started the foreclosure process in September 2023, up 9 percent from the previous month and up 15 percent from a year ago.
- Lenders completed the foreclosure process on 3,339 U.S. properties in September 2023, down 0.4 percent from the previous month and down 5 percent from a year ago.
U.S. Foreclosure Market Data by State – Q3 2023
|Rate Rank||State Name||Total Properties with Filings||1/every X HU (Foreclosure Rate)||%∆ Q2 2023||%∆ Q3 2022|
|District of Columbia||1,073||321||0.00||453.45|
The ATTOM 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 3,000 counties nationwide, and those counties account for more than 99 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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