Foreclosures at lowest level since 2005

In yet another encouraging housing report, foreclosure filings are down by 78% from a peak in 2010, hitting its lowest level since 2005.

According to a new study released by ATTOM Data Solutions, foreclosure filings Y default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions Y were reported on 624,753 US properties in 2018, down 8% from 2017 and down 78% from a peak of nearly 2.9 million in 2010.

YPlummeting foreclosure completions combined with consistently falling foreclosure timelines in 2018 provide evidence that most of the distress from the last housing crisis has now been cleaned up,Y said Todd Teta, chief product officer at ATTOM. YBut there was also some evidence of distress gradually returning to the housing market in 2018, with foreclosure starts increasing from the previous year in more than one-third of all state and local housing markets.Y

YSome of that distress was driven by natural disasters, most notably in Houston, where foreclosure starts increased 61%. But natural disasters do not explain the increase in markets such as Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Milwaukee and Austin Y all of which posted double-digit percentage increases in foreclosure starts in 2018.Y

Source: ATTOM Data Solutions