The number of homes slipping toward foreclosure dropped by 2.9 percent in Orange County during the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year, a real estate information service reported today.
Locally, default notices were sent to 3,599 homeowners, down 2.9 percent from the 2011 second-quarter total of 3,705, according to San Diego-based DataQuick.
That declining rate of foreclosures is slightly less than in Los Angeles County, which was harder hit the housing market crash to begin with. Los Angeles County saw a 6.1 percent drop in foreclosures in the second quarter of 2012. Statewide, default notices were sent to 54,615 homeowners in the second quarter of the year, DataQuick reported. That was a 2.9 percent drop from the previous quarter's 56,258 notices and down 3.6 percent from the second quarter in 2011, when 56,633 default notices were sent.
``The foreclosure process has always been the sanitation department of the housing sector,'' said John Walsh, DataQuick president. ``It's where financial distress is processed. The question is whether these lower (default notice) numbers mean that there's less distress to process, or if we're just seeing distress get processed at a slower pace.''
Default notices do not always lead to a home foreclosure, according to DataQuick. Some homeowners emerge from the foreclosure process by bringing their payments current, refinancing or selling the home.
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- City News Service