Top 10 US foreclosure hotspots: 9 in California

Foreclosure activity falls year over year for 16th straight month in January

Foreclosure activity was down on an annual basis for the 16th month in a row in January, but there are signs that activity is picking up in some states, according to a report from foreclosure data aggregator RealtyTrac.

A total of 210,941 U.S. properties, or 1 in 624 housing units, received a foreclosure filing — default notice, scheduled auction or bank repossession — in January. That’s a nearly 3 percent increase from December, but a 19 percent decrease compared to January 2011.