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California Counties Top Foreclosure List

With Inland Empire foreclosures at pre-recession lows, Riverside County’s foreclosure rate dropped to No. 21 statewide in April. A total 1,403 mortgage default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions were recorded in April, meaning 1 in 566 households was in some stage of foreclosure, according to Irvine-based RealtyTrac.

Of those, 45 were from Palm Desert, according to data provided by the organization to Palm Desert Patch. In Palm Desert:

  • One out of every 538 households received a foreclosure filing in April
  • That number was down by about 25% from March 2013, and down 55% from last April.
  • In April 2012, 100 households had been in default.

Riverside County ranked No. 21 in foreclosure activity in California last month, while neighboring San Bernardino County ranked No. 16. With the exception of Imperial County, No. 4 on RealtyTrac’s list, the remaining top 10 counties were all in Northern California. In Riverside County, the number of foreclosure filings was down 17% from March and down 64% compared to a year ago, figures showed.

Nationally, 144,790 properties slipped into foreclosure in April, a 5% decline from March and a 23% drop compared to a year ago, according to RealtyTrac.

California ranked No. 13 in US foreclosure activity in April, with 16,161 properties going into default, or 1 in 843, according to RealtyTrac. The figure was 13% below the number of filings in March and 59% less than a year ago.

Nevada had the highest national foreclosure rate, with 1 in 360 homes in default last month.

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