These 15 states are getting hit hardest by foreclosures

Home foreclosures plunged in the first quarter.

According to RealtyTrac, 313,487 US homes were foreclosed on during the first quarter. That’s the lowest quarterly total since the first quarter of 2007, a 7% decline from the previous quarter, and an 8% drop from the same quarter last year.

“Some of most stubborn foreclosure cases are finally being flushed out of the foreclosure pipeline, and we would expect to see more noise in the numbers over the next few months as national foreclosure activity makes its way back to more stable patterns by the end of this year,” RealtyTrac vice president Daren Blomquist said in the data release.

Still, some states are struggling.

We drew on RealtyTrac’s report to highlight the 15 states with the highest foreclosure rates last quarter.

Note: The states are ranked by foreclosure rate, i.e., one in every ‘X’ homes received a foreclosure filing.

Georgia

One in every 466 homes received a foreclosure filing in Q1 2015.

Properties with foreclosure filings: 8,787

Change from Q4 2014: -19.21%

Change from Q1 2014: -25.22%

Source: RealtyTrac

Pennsylvania

One in every 462 homes received a foreclosure filing in Q1 2015.

Properties with foreclosure filings: 12,037

Change from Q4 2014: -12.14%

Change from Q1 2014: -6.63%

Source: RealtyTrac

Oregon

One in every 446 homes received a foreclosure filing in Q1 2015.

Properties with foreclosure filings: 3,759

Change from Q4 2014: 8.58%*

Change from Q1 2014: -60.99%

Source: RealtyTrac

*Actual increase may be lower because of improvements in data collection

Idaho

One in every 419 homes received a foreclosure filing in Q1 2015.

Properties with foreclosure filings: 1598

Change from Q4 2014: 13.09%

Change from Q1 2014: 20.51%

Source: RealtyTrac

South Carolina

One in every 363 homes received a foreclosure filing in Q1 2015.

Properties with foreclosure filings: 5,913

Change from Q4 2014: -8.97%

Change from Q1 2014: -18.51%

Source: RealtyTrac

New Jersey

One in every 234 homes received a foreclosure filing in Q1 2015.

Properties with foreclosure filings: 15,251

Change from Q4 2014: -36.15%

Change from Q1 2014: 17.24%

Source: RealtyTrac

Maryland

One in every 199 homes received a foreclosure filing in Q1 2015.

Properties with foreclosure filings: 11,990

Change from Q4 2014: -14.11%

Change from Q1 2014: -4.76%

Source: RealtyTrac

Florida

One in every 178 homes received a foreclosure filing in Q1 2015.

Properties with foreclosure filings: 50,683

Change from Q4 2014: -5.93%

Change from Q1 2014: -27.15%

Source: RealtyTrac

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