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March Foreclosures Surge To Absolute Record, At 369,491, 19% Jump from February

Tyler Durden
Zero Hedge
April 15, 2010

RealtyTrac reports the next catalyst that will surely take the Dow to 12,000 by 9:31 am tomorrow. “Foreclosure filings were reported on 367,056 properties in March, an increase of nearly 19 percent from the previous month, an increase of nearly 8 percent from March 2009 and the highest monthly total since RealtyTrac began issuing its report in January 2005.” And people were wondering where consumers get all their money from. Of course, those foreclosed upon have likely figured out ways to continue squatting in their house so they dont have to pay mortgage and rent. Nothing beats living for free in America, especially in a 2,000 sq. foot average home. We can’t wait to hear Jamie Dimon’s rebuttal on how this data massively misrepresents the optimism that JP Morgan is seeing everywhere, and how the JP Morgan unicorn ranch is about to issue a royal smackdown on those speculative traitors over at RealtyTrac who, unlike JPM, dare to speak the truth.

“Foreclosure activity in the first quarter of 2010 followed a very similar pattern to what we saw in the first quarter of 2009: a shallow trough in January and February followed by a substantial spike in March,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “One difference, however, is that the increases were more tilted toward the final stage of foreclosure, with REOs increasing 9 percent on a quarterly basis in the first quarter of 2010 compared to a 13 percent quarterly decrease in REOs in the first quarter of 2009.
This subtle shift in the numbers pushed REOs to the highest quarterly total we”ve ever seen in our report and may be further evidence that lenders are starting to make a dent in the backlog of distressed inventory that has built up over the last year as foreclosure prevention programs and processing delays slowed down the normal foreclosure timeline.”

More on REOs:

Bank repossessions (REOs) also hit a record high for the report in the first quarter, with a total of 257,944 properties repossessed by the lender during the quarter — an increase of 9 percent from the previous quarter and an increase of 35 percent from the first quarter of 2009.

We await to find out just how the bottom having finally fallen out of the US ho(u)sing market is a definitive victory for the bulls.

And what state has the most foreclosures if not that one what is first and last out of and into every single bubble there is:

California alone accounted for 23 percent of the nation”s total foreclosure activity in the first quarter, with 216,263 properties receiving a foreclosure notice — the nation”s highest foreclosure activity total.

Florida”s total was second highest, with 153,540 properties receiving a foreclosure filing during the quarter, and Arizona”s total was third highest, with 55,686 properties receiving a foreclosure filing during the quarter.

Despite a nearly 5 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous quarter, Illinois documented the fourth highest foreclosure activity total, with 45,780 properties receiving a foreclosure filing — still a 17 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009.

A total of 45,732 Michigan properties received a foreclosure filing during the quarter, the fifth highest state total. Michigan foreclosure activity increased nearly 11 percent from the previous quarter and was up nearly 38 percent from the first quarter of 2009.

Other states with foreclosure activity totals among the nation”s 10 highest were Georgia (39,911), Texas (37,354), Nevada (34,557), Ohio (33,221) and Colorado (16,023).

The only beneficiary out of all this seems to be the cable (GBPUSD), which is now back to mid-February levels. Good thing that whole housing/Greek thing is contained.

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