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Double-Digit Decline Seen in Foreclosure Sales

November brought a 39-percent decrease in foreclosure sales in Temecula from one year ago, according to data provided by ForeclosureRadar.com.

Sales of foreclosed homes in Riverside County and throughout the state dropped by double digits last month, according to a real estate tracking firm.

Bay Area-based ForeclosureRadar.com's monthly "Foreclosure Report" shows a total 886 repossessed properties were sold countywide in November, compared to 1,019 in October, a roughly 15 percent decline.

The county's foreclosure sales were down 25 percent from a year ago, when 1,185 homes were auctioned off, figures showed.

The same report for Temecula showed a 4-percent decrease from 48 foreclosure sales in October, and a 39-percent decrease from one year ago, when homes 71 Temecula homes were sold back to a bank or to a third party.

In California, sales of distressed properties also sank 15 percent in November, and were down 30 percent compared to the same period in 2011.

ForeclosureRadar.com founder Sean O'Toole said the numbers were unsurprising given the state and federal bent toward giving delinquent mortgagers opportunities to retain their homes by seeking modifications to their loans and lowering monthly payments.

"The policies of 'extend and pretend' continue to slow foreclosure activity while ensuring foreclosures will play an important role in our economy for years to come," O'Toole said.

On Jan. 1, the California Homeowner Bill of Rights goes into effect. The law will require loan servicers to suspend any foreclosure proceeding during the time a mortgagor is seeking a loan modification to prevent his or her property from being repossessed, and homeowners will have the ability to sue and seek monetary damages from servicers who fail to follow all legally required steps in a foreclosure proceeding.

—Maggie Avants contibuted to this report

Galactic Cannibal December 19, 2012 at 09:01 PM
AH...the American Dream Buy a home you cannot afford, and then lose it through foreclosure. YEP...some dream
Ed P. December 19, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Want to see real estate and prices slide backwards, let's see what happens if they end or modify the mortgage interest deduction as part of the cliff negotiations.
So Cal Smitten December 20, 2012 at 02:39 AM
as opposed to....?
Galactic Cannibal December 20, 2012 at 02:57 AM
ncgirlinsocal Hey Dudette. Why not try cutting your cloth according to your measure . Or live within your means.
So Cal Smitten December 20, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Galactic Cannibal DUDE... I totally agree with living within your means, and the fact that there are fewer Foreclosures is a positive sign. It will take a while, but our housing market is on the mend... And yes... home ownership in America... in Southern California... Yes, it is SOME DREAM!!!!
KB December 21, 2012 at 08:34 AM
It's an illusion. The feds are pumping 100+ billion into banks every month - just re inflating the housing bubble.

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