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Most large metro markets in the U.S. saw increased foreclosure activity in 2012, according to a report from foreclosure data aggregator RealtyTrac.Of the 212 metro areas with populations of 200,000 or more watched by RealtyTrac, 120 (57 percent) saw the number of properties hit with foreclosure-related filings increase from 2011 to 2012.Major metros seeing double-digit annual increases in foreclosure activity included Tampa (up 80 percent increase), Miami (36 percent), Baltimore (34 percent), Chicago (30 percent), and New York (28 percent).Overall, foreclosure activity -- the number of properties subjected to default notices, schedule auctions, or bank repossessions -- declined by 2.7 percent from 2011 to 2012, a less dramatic reduction than last year's 36.1 percent annual decline....