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RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today announced that foreclosures increased 13.5 percent nationwide from November to December.   About 81,290 properties – a rate of one new foreclosure for every 1,422 U.S. households – entered some stage of foreclosure in December, which was the highest foreclosure rate reported in 2005, according to RealtyTrac's latest Monthly U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.   RealtyTrac publishes a national database of pre-foreclosure and foreclosure properties, with more than 550,000 properties from over 2,400 counties across the country, and is the foreclosure data provider to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate, AOL Real Estate and HomeGain.com.   "December's higher US foreclosure rates were almost exactly the s...