During the second quarter of 2011, almost one third of all home sales were foreclosures. According to RealtyTrac Inc., foreclosure sales made up 31% of home sales during April through June 2011. A foreclosure sale occurs when a home is purchased after the owner receives a notice of default or when a home is repossessed. The second quarter foreclosure sales represent a decrease from the foreclosures during the first quarter of this year. However, the figure is six times the percentage of foreclosures that is considered healthy for the housing market. Overall, 265,087 homes that were in foreclosure were sold during the second quarter.
The percentage of foreclosure sales would have been larger without a federal and state investigation into the foreclosure process. An investigation has been launched because of defective foreclosure paperwork kept by banks and mortgage servicers. The investigation has caused foreclosures to be delayed and foreclosures will likely increase when the investigation is complete.
Nevada had the highest foreclosure percentage, with foreclosures making up 65% of all home sales. Arizona and California followed, with foreclosures accounting for 57% and 51% of home sales. Michigan, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, and Oregon also had foreclosure sales that made up at least one third of home sales.
Associated Press, Foreclosures Likely to Surge Again This Year, https://realestate.aol.com/blog/2011/08/25/foreclosures-likely-to-surge-again-this-year/ (accessed August 25, 2011).