Riverside County ranks second in California for foreclosures in 2012

Good news? The number of filings was down 24 percent from 2011.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Riverside County had the second-highest foreclosure  rate in the state last year, a real estate tracking firm reported today.      

      A total 31,114 mortgage default notices, auction sale notices and bank  repossessions were recorded countywide in 2012, translating to 1 in 26  households in some stage of foreclosure, according to Irvine-based RealtyTrac. 

      The number of filings was down 24 percent from 2011 -- and 44 percent  below the total for 2010, figures showed.  

      San Joaquin County was No. 1, with 1 in 25 households in default.

      In the last quarter of 2012, Riverside County was also No. 2, while  Stanislaus County was No. 1, according to RealtyTrac. San Bernardino County was  No. 3.   

      Nationally, just over 1.83 million properties slipped into foreclosure  in 2012, according to RealtyTrac. The activity represented a 3 percent drop  from 2011 and a 36 percent decline from the peak reached in 2010.

      RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist said the foreclosure picture  in the months ahead was obscured by some state laws favoring a more drawn-out  process of repossessing properties. He predicted a "backlog of delayed  foreclosures building up" in some states.  

      California ranked No. 6 in U.S. foreclosure activity in 2012, with  319,162 properties going into default, or 1 in 43, according to RealtyTrac. The  figure was 25 percent below the number of filings in 2011 and 41 percent less  than in 2010.

      Florida had the highest foreclosure rate nationwide, with 1 in 32  households in default last year.

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