10 American Cities Struggling With Foreclosures

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In May, there were 205,990 foreclosure filings on U.S. properties, according to latest foreclosure report from Realty Trac. That’s up 9 per cent from April, but down 4 per cent from a year ago, More worrisome though, May foreclosure starts (default notices or scheduled foreclosure auctions) jumped 16 per cent from a year ago, after 27 straight months of year-over-year declines.

We drew on RealtyTrac data to put together the 10 metropolitan areas where foreclosure activity remains high.

Note: All data is for the 20 largest metros. The metros are ranked by foreclosure activity and all data is for May 2012.

San Francisco, California

1 in every 485 homes received a foreclosure filing in Q1 2012

Properties with foreclosure filings:
3,589

Change from March 2012:
+5.84%

Change from April 2011:
-25.76%

Source: RealtyTrac

Los Angeles, California

1 in every 415 homes received a foreclosure filing in May 2012

Properties with foreclosure filings:
10,816

Change from April 2012:
-0.83%

Change from May 2011:
-24.42%

Source: RealtyTrac

San Diego, California

1 in every 410 homes received a foreclosure filing in May 2012

Properties with foreclosure filings:
2,840

Change from April 2012:
-4.05%

Change from May 2011:
-20.78%

Source: RealtyTrac

Detroit, Michigan

1 in every 389 homes received a foreclosure filing in May 2012

Properties with foreclosure filings:
4,846

Change from April 2012:
-6.83%

Change from May 2011:
-41.59%

Source: RealtyTrac

Miami, Florida

1 in every 333 homes received a foreclosure filing in May 2012

Properties with foreclosure filings:
7,405

Change from April 2012:
-18.00%

Change from May 2011:
+11.25%

Source: RealtyTrac

Tampa, Florida

1 in every 304 homes received a foreclosure filing in May 2012

Properties with foreclosure filings:
4,446

Change from April 2012:
+3.52%

Change from May 2011:
+110.71%

Source: RealtyTrac

Chicago, Illinois

1 in every 252 homes received a foreclosure filing in May 2012

Properties with foreclosure filings:
15,066

Change from April 2012:
+27.25%

Change from May 2011:
+56.17%

Source: RealtyTrac

Phoenix, Arizona

1 in 245 every homes received a foreclosure filing in May 2012

Properties with foreclosure filings:
7,353

Change from April 2012:
+27.77%

Change from May 2011:
-30.30%

Source: RealtyTrac


Atlanta, Georgia

1 in every 224 homes received a foreclosure filing in May 2012

Properties with foreclosure filings:
9,677

Change from April 2012:
+33.09%

Change from May 2011:
+28.41%

Source: RealtyTrac

Riverside-San Bernardino, California

1 in every 179 homes received a foreclosure filing in May 2012

Properties with foreclosure filings:
8,388

Change from April 2012:
+19.00%

Change from May 2011:
-3.03%

Source: RealtyTrac

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