ATTOM Data Solutions, parent company of RealtyTrac, released their Q1 2019 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report this morning. For the nation as a whole foreclosure activity was down 15% from a year ago to the lowest level since the first quarter of 2008.
According to Todd Teta, chief product officer at ATTOM Data Solutions:
While some markets saw a slight uptick in foreclosure filings, that is above pre-recession levels, the majority of the major markets are well below pre-recession levels. While we did see a slight increase in U.S. foreclosure starts from last quarter, bank repossessions reached an all-time low in the first quarter of 2019, showing continuing signs of a strong housing market.
In fact, 60% of the markets that ATTOM Data Solutions follows had first quarter foreclosure activity lower than pre-recession averages. Baltimore is in the worst shape with activity 189% above pre-recession averages.
They also showed how long it takes to complete a foreclosure and, unfortunately, after declining for several months it's once again on the rise. The graph below provides some historical perspective.
They noted that Chicago ranked #14 out of 220 metro areas in terms of highest foreclosure rates and provided updated data on foreclosure activity in the city which I incorporated in my graph below. As you can see activity continues to trend down. March activity was down 35% from last year to one of the lowest levels that I have seen since I began tracking this.
Chicago Shadow Inventory
The number of Chicago homes in the foreclosure pipeline did decline slightly from February but it's still higher than November - January as you can see in the graph below. Hopefully this is merely a short pause in the downward trend like we've seen before.
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