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Foreclosure filings up in most markets

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The number of homes hit with foreclosure-related filings picked up during the first three months of the year in more than half of markets tracked by public records aggregator RealtyTrac, "an early sign that long-dormant foreclosures are coming out of hibernation in many local markets," the company said.  The number of homes subjected to some type of foreclosure filing increased in 114 of 212 markets with populations of 200,000 or more, compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.  Foreclosure-related filings were up from quarter-to-quarter in 26 out of 50 of the nation's largest metropolitan areas, including Pittsburgh (up 49 percent), Indianapolis (up 37 percent), Philadelphia (up 30 percent), New York (up 24 percent), Raleigh, N.C. (up 23 percent), and Virginia Beach, Va. (up 22 percent).Many industry analysts expect loan servicers to step up the pace of foreclosures in some markets as they put the "robo-signing" controversy behind them.But foreclosure filings have...