October saw 332,292 U.S. homes seized by lenders or listed in default or auction documents, data provider RealtyTrac said. It was the eighth consecutive month that the number was more than 300,000, but there was a 3% decline from September. "The fundamental forces driving foreclosure activity in this housing downturn -- high-risk mortgages, negative equity and unemployment -- continue to loom over any nascent recovery," said James Saccacio, RealtyTrac's CEO. "We continued to see foreclosure activity levels that are substantially higher than a year ago in most states."
Published in Brief: