U.S. foreclosure filings up 6% in February

Bigger increases reported in Arizona, Florida, Michigan

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Foreclosure-related filings on U.S. homes jumped 6 percent from January to February, with more dramatic increases in hard hit states like Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Nevada, data aggregator RealtyTrac said today.

Looking back a year, the number of foreclosure-related filings — including default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — was up 30 percent, to 290,631.