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Foreclosure Activity Rises in First Post-Moratorium Month

The other shoe didn’t drop last month, but maybe the laces did start to unravel. ATTOM reports that, within a month after the government’s pandemic-related moratorium lifted, foreclosure filings nationwide rose 27 percent and were 60 percent higher than in August 2020 when the moratorium was in full force. There were a total of 15,838 properties that received a foreclosure filing during the month, either a notice of default, scheduled auction, or bank repossession. “As expected, foreclosure activity increased as the government’s foreclosure moratorium expired, but this doesn’t mean we should expect to see a flood of distressed properties coming to market,” said Rick Sharga, Executive Vice President at RealtyTrac, an ATTOM company. “We’ll continue to see foreclosure activity increase over the next three months as loans that were in default prior to the moratorium re-enter the foreclosure pipeline, and states begin to catch up on months of foreclosure filings that simply haven’t been processed during the pandemic. But it’s likely that foreclosures will remain below normal levels at least through the end of the year.”


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