But foreclosure filings higher than one year ago
Based on ATTOM Data Solutions November 2021 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, there were a total of 19,479 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings -- default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions -- down 5 percent from a month ago but up 94 percent from a year ago. The 7th consecutive month of annual increases.
"After an initial surge following the end of the government's moratorium, it appears that foreclosure activity may be slowing down as we move towards the end of the year," said Rick Sharga, executive vice president of RealtyTrac, an ATTOM company. "Despite concerns about a pandemic-driven wave of defaults, mortgage delinquency rates and foreclosure starts have continued to decline due to government and industry programs, and a recovering U.S. economy."
Illinois, Florida and Ohio had the highest foreclosure rates
Nationwide one in every 7,055 housing units had a foreclosure filing in November 2021. States with the highest foreclosure rates were Illinois (one in every 3,187 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Florida (one in every 3,319 housing units); Ohio (one in every 3,669 housing units); Delaware (one in every 3,800 housing units); and New Jersey (one in every 4,096 housing units).
Among the 220 metropolitan statistical areas with a population of at least 200,000, those with the highest foreclosure rates in November 2021 were Cleveland, OH (one in every 1,746 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Lakeland, FL (one in every 2,345 housing units); Ocala, FL (one in every 2,485 housing units); Savannah, GA (one in every 2,618 housing units); and Miami, FL (one in every 2,626 housing units).
Those metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million, with the worst foreclosure rates in November 2021, including: Cleveland, OH and Miami, FL were: Chicago, IL (one in every 2,644 housing units); Jacksonville, FL (one in every 2,733 housing units); and Orlando, FL (one in every 3,536 housing units).
Foreclosure starts decrease 3 percent from last month
Lenders started the foreclosure process on 10,471 U.S. properties in November 2021, down 3 percent from last month but up 99 percent from a year ago.
"The fact that foreclosure starts declined despite hundreds of thousands of borrowers exiting the CARES Act mortgage forbearance program over the last few months is very encouraging," Sharga noted. "It suggests that the 'forbearance equals foreclosure' narrative was incorrect, and that the efforts of the government and the mortgage servicing industry have prevented potentially millions of unnecessary foreclosures from happening due to COVID-19."
States that had at least 100 foreclosure starts in November 2021 and saw the greatest monthly decreases in foreclosure starts included: North Carolina (down 46 percent); New Jersey (down 31 percent); Washington (down 28 percent); Tennessee (down 28 percent); and Nevada (down 22 percent).
Those major metropolitan areas with a population greater than 200,000 that had the greatest number of foreclosure starts in November 21 included: New York, NY (664 foreclosure starts percent); Miami, FL (494 foreclosure starts); Los Angeles, CA (441 foreclosure starts); Houston, TX (384 foreclosure starts); and Chicago, IL (335 foreclosure starts).
Foreclosure completion numbers decrease 24 percent from last month
Lenders repossessed 2,292 U.S. properties through completed foreclosures (REOs) in November 2021, down 24 percent from last month, the first monthly decrease since May 2021 but up 14 percent from last year.
States that had the greatest number of REOs in November 2021, included: Illinois (248 REOs); California (178 REOs); Florida (167 REOs); Pennsylvania (132 REOs); and Michigan (130 REOs).
Those major metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with a population greater than 200,000 that saw the greatest number of REOs in November 2021 included: Chicago, IL (158 REOs); New York, NY (68 REOs); Detroit, MI (54 REOs); Philadelphia, PA (51 REOs); and Baltimore, MD (50 REOs).