According to a report issued August 25, Tolleson and Litchfield Park in Arizona were hit hardest by foreclosure crisis in the first half of 2008, when compared to the same period in 2007. Find Arizona Foreclosure Listings right now, or read on.

“Among Maricopa County cities, Tolleson led with the largest percentage increase in foreclosures and pre-foreclosures during the first half of this year compared with the same period in 2007.

“Foreclosures in Tolleson were more than 600 percent higher while more than 300 percent more foreclosure notices were handed out. There were 352 foreclosures in Tolleson from January through June, compared with 46 for the same time last year.


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Source: “Tolleson, Litchfield Park have highest foreclosure increase” by Grayson Steinberg for the Arizona Republic. Copyright 2008.

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Single-family Home Prices Tumble in March – Reuters

By Joanne Morrison

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prices of U.S. single-family homes plunged a record 14.4 percent in March from a year earlier, while consumer confidence slumped to its lowest in 16 years in May as gasoline prices surged.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas released on Tuesday showed prices of previously owned homes fell 2.2 percent in March, deepening their year-on-year decline.

Separately, the Conference Board said its consumer confidence index slumped to 57.2 this month from 62.8 in April as rising gasoline costs and falling home prices made Americans increasingly nervous both about current conditions and the future.

In one positive sign, however, the Commerce Department said sales of newly constructed single-family homes rose in April for the first time in six months, while the inventory of unsold new homes declined for the 12th straight month. But the previous month’s decline was even steeper than first reported.
Joanne talks more about the housing price problem at Reuters

Three Things That Won’t Help End the Foreclosure Crisis

Q1 2008 Nevada Foreclosure Report Released by RealtyStore.com

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2008 — RealtyStore (www.realtystore.com), the nation’s leading provider of foreclosure listings, released its quarterly Nevada Foreclosure Report.

RealtyStore.com recorded 17,307 notices of default (NODs) statewide for Q1 2008. This was a 32% increase from those recorded in Q4 2007 and a 139% jump over Q1 2007. An NOD is filed by the lending institution, when a homeowner falls behind on mortgage payments. NODs provide important information about which homeowners have home loans they cannot afford. Nevada has maintained the nation’s highest foreclosure rate for nearly two straight years. For Q1 2008, 1 out of every 52 households in Nevada received a default notice, which is more than 7 times the national average.

“For almost two years running, Nevada has been plagued with the highest foreclosure rate in the nation. This is a result of the dramatic increase in speculative building starting in 2004 when home prices soared 47%,” said Tim Chin, CEO of RealtyStore. “Now, as the housing market corrects, investors are running for the hills as inventory mounts and prices rapidly decline.”

More than 90% of the foreclosures in Nevada are occurring in Clark County. Clark County, home of the gaming capital, better known as Las Vegas, started off the first quarter with 15,876 defaults. This was more than double the 6,651 default notices for Q1 of last year. The foreclosure problem in Las Vegas resulted from home buyers gambling on prices continuing to climb. Speculators used adjustable-rate-mortgages (ARMs) and sub-prime loans to get their foot in the door hoping to use the home’s projected appreciation to later refinance under more affordable fixed-rate loans. Unfortunately, the tide turned and Nevada’s housing market has crumbled.

With a huge wave of hybrid ARMs due to reset this spring, many Nevada homeowners will find their payments ballooning by as much as 50%. With property values dropping almost 20% since last year, distressed borrowers will have little opportunity to refinance into more affordable loans. Left to drown in their mortgage payments, an increasing percentage of homeowners will enter the foreclosure process. This will further suppress housing prices as bargain-priced foreclosures take a bigger share of the Nevada home sale market. In Las Vegas, nearly half of all homes currently on the market are foreclosures. With inventory increasing and home sales at their lowest levels in 13 years, the Nevada housing market will get worse before it gets better.

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Foreclosure flood: 1,000 auctions per day in California

LA Times reports in April there were one thousand home auctions per day in California. “California’s foreclosure crisis passed another ominous milestone in April, when more than 1,000 foreclosed homes were auctioned off every weekday at courthouses across the state”.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laland/2008/05/foreclosure-flo.html

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Foreclosure flood: 1,000 auctions per day in California – LA Times

According to our California Foreclosure Report, California’s foreclosure activity has increased 38% in the first quarter of 2008. Our California foreclosure statistics is broken by county and shows the change from the fourth quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of 2008.

U.S. House Approves Democratic Anti-Foreclosure Bill

“The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to let the government insure up to $300 billion in mortgages to help homeowners avert foreclosure over White House objections the measure would force the government and taxpayers to take on excessive risk.

The House voted 266-154 for the housing package offered by Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank. The measure would have the Federal Housing Administration insure refinanced mortgages after loan holders agree to reduce principal to make payments affordable.”

Read more:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aRtzYp_OzosY&refer=home

California Foreclosure Activity Up 38 Percent in First Quarter of 2008

“RealtyStore, (www.RealtyStore.com) the nation’s leading provider of foreclosure listings, released its quarterly California Foreclosure Report for January, February, and March 2008.

The RealtyStore Quarterly California Foreclosure Report covers all counties and provides the total number of Notices of Default (NODs) statewide.

RealtyStore recorded 116,644 Notices of Default (NODs) statewide for Q1 2008. This was a 38% jump from those recorded in Q4 2007. An NOD is filed by the lending institution when a homeowner falls behind on mortgage payments. When analyzed regionally, NODs provide important information about which homeowners have home loans they cannot afford. California was subdivided into five regions: Southern California, the Bay Area, the Central Coast, the Central Valley and Northern California. All regions encountered double digit increases in Q1 defaults. Southern California (+ 52%), the Bay Area (+26%) and the Central Coast (+39%) were the hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis.”

California Foreclosure Activity Up 38 Percent in First Quarter of 2008

Bank of America aims to help 265,000 avoid foreclosure (AP)

Bank of America Corp. said Monday after it completes its acquisition of Countrywide Financial Corp. it will modify or workout at least $40 billion in mortgage loans over the next two years to help customers avoid foreclosure.In January, Countrywide agreed to sell itself to Bank of America Corp. (nyse: BAC – news – people ) in an all-stock deal, which at the time of the announcement was worth about $4 billion. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. Forbes.com – Bank of America aims to keep about 265,000 customers from avoiding foreclosure through the plan. Tenants living in properties facing foreclosure will be able to remain in their homes for 60 days after the completion of foreclosure proceedings, and will get $2,000 to defray moving expenses if they voluntarily leave.”

Bank of America is lending a hand to all those you have been hit hard by the foreclosure crisis.

Read more:
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/04/28/ap4941470.html

NPR- Bottom Line: Foreclosure Ride Along

Some of the worst foreclosure rates in the nation can be found in the California cities of Stockton, Riverside, Bakersfield and Sacramento.

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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89808305

Hundreds of Homeowners Bring the Foreclosure Crisis to Fed’s Front Door

Every day 8,000 new families fall victim to the foreclosure epidemic
resulting from the sharp rise in predatory mortgage lending practices.
Paulette Colemon, a homeowner facing foreclosure from Champaign, Illinois,
described the nightmare of foreclosure, “It’s hard to buy groceries for my
five kids and grandson. I’ve gotten behind on other payments, like the
water bill. They shut off the water at our house earlier this week.” She
concluded, “When I bought a house I thought I would live out the American
dream.”

Hundreds of Homeowners Bring the Foreclosure Crisis to Fed’s Front Door

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/
www/story/04-14-2008/0004791742&EDATE=


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Scant Support for Senate Housing Bill

“The plan combines large tax breaks for homebuilders and a $7,000 tax credit for people who buy foreclosed properties, as well as $4 billion in grants for communities to buy and fix up abandoned homes.
The measure, titled the Foreclosure Prevention Act, will be significantly redrawn by House critics who say it favors businesses such as home builders instead of borrowers.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080410/ap_on_go_co/congress_housing

This is very interesting article on how the US Senate plans to pass a bill supporting a home buyer tax break.

* If your looking for tax credit help for foreclosures visit http://www.hud.gov
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CNN Money – The Big Risk in The Foreclosure Fix

“FHA, a formerly obscure federal agency, is now at center of many plans to fix the housing market. But it may not be up to the task – and that could cost taxpayers a bundle…”

http://money.cnn.com/2008/04/10/news/economy/fha

All throughout 2008 we”ll see a major decline in housing prices, which for some could be a great way to invest in property


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Eagle Tribune: Foreclosure registration law set to be approved

“City councilors are poised to pass a foreclosure registration law tonight as part of an ongoing effort to crack down on vacant properties before they fall into disrepair…” http://www.eagletribune.com/punews/local_story_098025435.html

Washington Post: A Pro-Foreclosure Bill

“We know that legislation can involve a certain amount of moral and intellectual corner-cutting. But is it too much to ask that a bill called the “Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008” not contain a provision that might, at the margin, encourage home foreclosures? Apparently so, because the bipartisan Senate housing relief package includes just such a measure….” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article /2008/04/06/AR2008040601727.html

As of April 7th, 2008, US homeowners haven’t seen big bother stepping to aid distressed house owners. According to the Washington Post and Eagle Tribune we should began to see government assistance in this foreclosure crisis very soon!… Help is coming.


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ABC News- You Asked, We Answered: How to Report Predatory Lenders, Understand Foreclosure

“questions about quick sales vs. foreclosures, how to report companies you believe to be predatory lenders and more. Foreclosure lawyer Jessica Attie provided insight…”

http://www.abcnews.go.com/WN/story?id=4603715&page=1

ABC.com tells all on short sales verses foreclosures… Take 2 minutes and read through this while you ponder what will happen in the next 8 to 10 months


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CNN Video on the Foreclosure Market. Atlanta is becoming a hot spot for foreclosures, as trends have been increasing for months.

The foreclosure market-CNN’s Gerri Willis looks at the booming foreclosure market in Atlanta
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/business/2008/03/27/willis.
foreclosure.market.cnn?iref=videosearch

Next CNN talks about how its a buyers market with thousands of investors looking to profit off foreclosures:

CNN’s video on how bargain hunters have started to consume cheap homes due to this year’s horrible housing market fall.


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NY Times – Bill Would Set Foreclosure Moratorium

Bush administration unveiled a foreclosure plan which delays foreclosures for homeowners in distress for 30 days…

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/03/nyregion/03foreclose.html

CNN’s Open House addresses rising foreclosures

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