Foreclosure slide: calm before storm?

Warning signs loom despite 3 months of decline

U.S. foreclosure filings fell for the third straight month in October — which "at first blush" may indicate the tide is turning, though fundamental forces driving foreclosures "continue to loom," with filings up about 19 percent compared to October 2008, foreclosure data provider RealtyTrac reported today.

James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer for RealtyTrac, reported that "high-risk mortgages, negative equity and unemployment" are among the contributors to higher foreclosure activity on a year-over-year basis in most states.