Realty Trak says foreclosure will hit 3.9 million for 2009.
Foreclosure filings in the U.S. will reach a record for the second consecutive year with 3.9 million notices sent to homeowners in default, RealtyTrac Inc. said.
This year’s filings will surpass 2008’s total of 3.2 million as record unemployment and price erosion batter the housing market, the Irvine, California-based company said.
This exceeds this years estimates which centered around last years actual numbers, 3.2 million.
Foreclosuring filing have been greater than 300,000 for 9 months, but Novemeber was down 15% from July and 8% from October.
A total of 306,627 properties received a default or auction notice or were seized by banks last month, or one in 417 U.S. households, and a similar number are expected for December, RealtyTrac said.
There have been 3.6 million filings from January through November, the most in RealtyTrac records dating to January 2005.
Three loans went bad for every one that improved in the first 10 months of this year, according to a Dec. 2 report from Lender Processing Services Inc.
See the graphs in this post on the spike in defaults (12.6% overall).
The reports are 3.9, but November's filings were 306,627. So I suspect the real number will roll to that magical psychological "4", as in 4 million.