U.S. Foreclosure Filings Jumped In September

An Irvine-based real estate information firm reports that foreclosure filings across the U.S. nearly doubled last month compared with September 2006.

The increase reported today by RealtyTrac Incorporated comes as financially strapped homeowners already behind on mortgage payments
have defaulted on their loans or have come closer to losing their homes to foreclosures.

The firm says more than 223,00 foreclosure filings were reported in September, up from more than 112,000 in the same month a year ago.

The number of filings in September was down 8 percent from August.

Still, the September figure represents the second-highest total for filings in a single month since the company began tracking monthly ilings two years ago.

In all, 39 states saw a decline in foreclosure filings.

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