Saturday, January 30, 2016

Colorado foreclosures fell 8.4 percent in 3rd quarter

During the third quarter of 2015, Colorado public trustees reported 2,058 foreclosure filings and 1,089 sales at auction (completed foreclosures).  During the third quarter of 2014, there were 2,246 filings and 1,433 sales. Comparing year-over-year for the third quarter, foreclosure filings fell 8.4 percent and completed foreclosures fell 24.0 percent.

Comparing the third quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2015, foreclosure filings fell 9.8 percent from 2,282 to 2,058. Foreclosure sales rose 2.4 percent from 1,063 to 1,089 during the same period.

During the first nine months of 2015, there were 6,212 filings and 3,297 sales. For the same period of 2014, there were 8,505 filings and 4,760 sales. Comparing year over year, filings fell 27 percent and sales fell 30.7 percent.

Below is a time series showing quarterly totals in foreclosure filings and sales. The large dip in sales shown during the second quarter of 2008 can be attributed to a change in the foreclosure time line that took effect on January 1, 2008 and led to a large temporary dip in the number of foreclosure sales during March, April, and May of that year.

There are not large seasonal changes in foreclosure activity in Colorado, although the third quarter tends to be the most active quarter for foreclosure sales in Colorado.

Statewide, there was approximately 1 completed foreclosure (foreclosure sale) per 1,897 households for the third quarter of 2015. The map shows that there are few hot spots for foreclosure left in Colorado, and those that remain, such as San Juan County, are very small markets where a single foreclosure can move foreclosure rates up quickly.

No metropolitan county was found among the top ten counties for foreclosure sales rates. Most of the counties in the top ten were mountain and rural counties including Delta, Las Animas, and Fremont counties.

Pueblo and Mesa counties reported the highest foreclosure rates of the metropolitan counties. Pueblo County reported a foreclosure rate of one foreclosure per 665 households while Mesa County reported a rate of 1 foreclosure per 654 households. See Table 3 for full listing.

Boulder County reported the lowest foreclosure rate among metropolitan counties with 1 completed foreclosure per 10,435 households.

For a detailed list of each county, see the full report: