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Texas foreclosure improvement lags behind national progress, report shows

Everything is bigger in Texas – including its inventory of completed foreclosures
  • July's national foreclosure rate was at its lowest level in nine years, according to CoreLogic.
  • Texas had the third most completed foreclosures in the country, at 26,865 homes.
  • The Houston metro saw 5,417 completed foreclosures in the 12-month period ending in July.

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After years of consistent improvements, the national foreclosure rate is at its lowest level in nine years, according to CoreLogic’s July 2016 National Foreclosure Report. Thanks to loan modifications, a healthy labor market and upward housing trends, just 0.9 percent of mortgaged homes are in some state of foreclosure – the lowest rate announced since August 2007. “The U.S. Treasury’s Making Home Affordable program has contributed to the decline through permanent modifications, forbearance and foreclosure alternatives, which have assisted 2.5 million homeowners with first mortgages at risk of foreclosure since 2009,” CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said in a statement. In July 2016, 34,000 homes completed the foreclosure process, down 16.5 percent year-over-year and 3.9 percent from the month prior. The serious delinquency rate in the U.S. sat at 2.9 percent, the lowest since May 2016, according to the report. National foreclosure inventory is down...