The Top 10 Foreclosure States (as of October)

Nevada, Arizona at the Top of the List

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RealtyTrac has released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for October:

Foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — were reported on 279,561 U.S. properties during the month, a 5 percent increase from the previous month and a 25 percent increase from October 2007. The report also shows one in every 452 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing in October

 “We’ve seen sharp declines in new foreclosure filings after legislation mandating delays to the foreclosure process was signed into law in several states — most notably in California, where overall foreclosure activity was down by double-digit percentage points for the second straight month in October, and where default filings were 44 percent below October 2007 levels,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “Despite this, October marks the 34th consecutive month where U.S. foreclosure activity has increased compared to the prior year.

“While the intention behind this legislation — to prevent more foreclosures — is admirable, without a more integrated approach that includes significant loan modifications, the net effect may be merely delaying inevitable foreclosures. And in the meantime, the apparent slowing of foreclosure activity understates the severity of the foreclosure problem in these states.”

Which states have the highest foreclosure rates?

1. Nevada: 1 in 74 homes

2. Arizona: 1 in 149 homes

3. Florida: 1 in 157 homes

4. California: 1 in 231 homes

5. Colorado: 1 in 390 homes

6. Georgia: 1 in 391 homes

7. Michigan: 1 in 396 homes

8. New Jersey: 1 in 410 homes

9. Illinois: 1 in 410 homes

10. Ohio: 1 in 417 homes