Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Chicago Foreclosures Up 2x National Average

(Crain’s) — The number of Chicago-area homes entering some stage of the foreclosure process increased in September, keeping the metropolitan area’s rate at more than twice that of the nation.

A total of 6,177 homes in the eight-county metro area were in the foreclosure process last month, a nearly 5% increase from August, according to a report released by RealtyTrac Inc., which tracks foreclosures. The Chicago area represents the bulk of the 7,431 Illinois homes at some stage of foreclosure.

“Chicago foreclosure activity has increased more than 60% over the last months, boosting the foreclosure rate to an unexpectedly elevated level given the area’s low unemployment rate and above-average home price appreciation,” James Saccacio, CEO of RealtyTrac, said in a statement.

In the Chicago metro area, one household in every 471 are in some stage of foreclosure. That compares with one in 658 households for Illinois and one in 1,030 for the nation.

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