Foreclosure-related filings rose 4 percent from March to April and 65 percent from a year ago, with nearly a quarter of a million properties nationwide subject to a default notice, auction-sale notice or bank repossession, data aggregator RealtyTrac reported.

RealtyTrac estimates that about 2 percent of households nationwide are in some stage of the foreclosure process, with parts of California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona among the hardest hit.

Of the 10 cities with the highest rate of foreclosure-related filings, nine were in California and Florida.

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