Foreclosure activity slides for fourth month, but trouble lies ahead

Douglas McIntyre

The terrible trouble in the housing market may be ending. RealtyTrac reports that foreclosure filings fell 8% in November compared to the previous month, down to 306,627. One in every 417 homes in the U.S. received a foreclosure filing during the month. The figure was up 18% from November 2008.

"November was the fourth straight month that U.S. foreclosure activity has declined after hitting an all-time high for our report in July, and November foreclosure activity was at the lowest level we've seen since February," said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. "Loan modifications and other foreclosure prevention efforts, along with the recently extended and expanded home-buyer tax credit, are keeping a lid on the most visible symptoms of the nation's ailing housing market -- foreclosures and home value depreciation."

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