Capital-area foreclosures keep climbing in second quarter
By Jim Wasserman
The capital-area foreclosure crisis raged on in April, May and June, with lenders repossessing another 4,448 homes and filing notices of default against 10,682 more households late on their payments.
The newest statistics from La Jolla-based researcher MDA DataQuick brought the foreclosure total to 41,903 households since the start of 2007 in Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.
That’s 10.2 percent of California’s 410,744 foreclosures in the same time period. Statewide, 45,677 households surrendered keys to banks during the second quarter - and 124,562 received notices of default, DataQuick reported. Those are the formal foreclosure warnings issued when homeowners fall three months or more behind on payments.
As the state’s foreclosure crisis has grown and caused the economy to wobble and unemployment to rise to 11.6 percent statewide and the same in the capital region, the percentage of borrowers able to find their way out of trouble has steadily declined, DataQuick has reported.
The foreclosure tally rose both statewide and in the eight-county capital region from the first quarter, while the number of loan defaults fell slightly.
• Amador County: 29 foreclosures and 85 defaults.
• El Dorado County: 202 foreclosures and 632 defaults.
• Nevada County: 98 foreclosures and 286 defaults.
• Placer County: 515 foreclosures and 1,570 notices of default.
• Sacramento County: 3,019 foreclosures and 6,862 defaults.
• Sutter County: 154 foreclosures and 355 notices of default.
• Yolo County: 216 foreclosures, 541 defaults.
• Yuba County: 215 foreclosures and 351 defaults.
DataQuick predicted foreclosure numbers will go higher in the third quarter as lenders boost hiring to deal with a large backlog of delinquencies.
The firm said half the loans that defaulted during the quarter were made before July 2006, and half afterward. The lenders that originated the most troubled loans were Washington Mutual, a failed thrift taken over late last year by JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Countrywide, the failed lender taken over by Bank of America in mid-2008.
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