1.6 Million Homes Hit With Foreclosure Notices In First Half Of 2010

If you received a foreclosure notice this year, you’re not alone. According to tracking firm RealtyTrac, 1.6 million properties received a foreclosure filing — defined as default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — during the first half of 2010. The good news: that number is down 5% from the previous six months. The bad? It’s up 8% from the first half of last year. And RealtyTrac doesn’t see any relief coming, as a “massive number of distressed properties and underwater loans continues to sit just below the surface.”

While June’s total of 313,841 properties with foreclosure filings marked a 3% decrease over the previous month, the news wasn’t exactly good for the housing market (not to mention the owners of those 313,841 properties).

“The second quarter was a tale of two trends,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “The pace of properties entering foreclosure slowed as lenders pre-empted or delayed foreclosure proceedings on delinquent properties with more aggressive short sale and loan modification initiatives. …

“The midyear numbers put us on pace to exceed 3 million properties with foreclosure filings by the end of the year, and more than 1 million bank repossessions. The roller coaster pattern of foreclosure activity over the past 12 months demonstrates that while the foreclosure problem is being managed on the surface, a massive number of distressed properties and underwater loans continues to sit just below the surface, threatening the fragile stability of the housing market.”

The top foreclosure locations: Nevada, Arizona and Florida, with California, Utah and Georgia just behind.

1.65 Million Properties Receive Foreclosure Filings in First Half of 2010 [RealtyTrac]