Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #030

Foreclosures jump 57 percent in last 12 months

Home foreclosure filings surged 57 percent in the 12 month-period ended in March and bank repossessions soared 129 percent from a year ago, as homeowners struggled to make mortgage payments, real estate data firm RealtyTrac said on Tuesday.

For the month of March, foreclosure filings, default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions rose 5 percent, led by Nevada, California and Florida, RealtyTrac said.

The rise in March to filings on a total of 234,685 properties followed a 4 percent decline in February, RealtyTrac reported.

RealtyTrac said the peak has yet to be reached.

“What we’re really looking at is ongoing fallout from people overextending themselves to buy homes they couldn’t afford and using highly toxic loan products to get into the houses in the first place,” Rick Sharga, vice president of marketing at RealtyTrac, based in Irvine, California, said in an interview.

“We’re going to see quite possibly a record amount of foreclosure activity in the third or fourth quarter,” reflecting sharp payment increases on adjustable-rate subprime mortgages in May and June, Sharga said.

One in every 538 U.S. households living in single-family dwellings received a foreclosure filing in March. The single-family dwellings can include condominiums.

Emphasis added by me.

These are just small sparks.

The inferno isn’t here yet.

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