compared to a year ago, with lenders increasingly forced to take
possession of homes they couldn't unload at auctions, a mortgage
research firm said Monday.
Nationwide, some 233,001 homes received at least one notice from
lenders last month related to overdue payments, compared with 148,425
a year earlier, according to Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac Inc.
Nearly half of the total involved first-time default notices.
The worsening situation came despite ongoing efforts by lenders to
help borrowers manage their payments by modifying loan terms, working
out long-term repayment plans and other actions
"You have more people going into default and a higher percentage of
the properties going back to the banks," said Rick Sharga,
RealtyTrac's vice president of marketing.
The U.S. foreclosure rate last month was one filing for every 534 homes.