1/14/2010

The number of U.S. homeowners behind on their mortgage payments reached an all-time high in 2009, with nearly 3 million households receiving at least one foreclosures notice, according to RealtyTrac. Nationwide, 2,824,674 properties, or one of every 45, were in default, a 21% increase compared with 2008. "As bad as the 2009 numbers are, they probably would have been worse if not for legislative and industry-related delays in processing delinquent loans," RealtyTrac CEO James Saccacio said.

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