The big foreclosure mess that began in late September doesn't appear to have had much effect on the month's foreclosure activity. September's bank repossessions rose to their highest level yet, exceeding 100,000 in a month for the first time, according to foreclosure tracker RealtyTrac. The firm's total measure of foreclosure activity which includes default notices, auctions, and repossessions rose by 2.5% during the month to 347,420. Considering the trouble banks have gotten themselves into with foreclosure documentation, however, big numbers aren't likely to continue in October.
But let's look at September's data a little more deeply. First, here's a chart showing the three sorts of foreclosure activity back five years:
You can see that overall activity was quite high in September. It's easier to see how each type of activity changed with this chart:
The big trend here is with bank repossessions. They have been rising pretty steadily for some months. In September, they ticked up 7.1% to 102,134. Meanwhile, default notices increased in September by 6.1% after remaining flat all summer. Auctions declined slightly, by 2.8%.
So which states had the most bank repossessions in September? It was the usual suspects: