Chicago Area Foreclosure Filings Decrease

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Preferred Realty

So, why has Chicago's Foreclosure Filings Decreased? 

One main reason could be because the mortgage servicers put a hault to the year-end foreclosure processing so that they could attend to investigations of their own foreclosure procedure and documentation.

Today, I was watching the news where it is reported that while foreclosures have slowed down that 2012 will be the highest year in foreclosures due to loss of jobs. 

So, how can the Chicago Area Foreclosure Filings Decrease?   The decrease is being compared to the lowest level in three years in 2011.

2012 will be a record breaking year for foreclosures.  Remember, the value of your home demands on local and not national or via the City average but your specific defined neighborhood!

While the news is backwards and the media is trying to put a little wind to our sails, the fact still remains that you have options if you are experiencing financial difficulties.  Don't wait until the last minute as those options reduce themselves automatically due to the time frame.Condo complex

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Howard and Susan Meyers
The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore - Winnetka, IL

Good information Maggie.  We seem to have leveled off in foreclosures in the North Shore suburbs, but there is a lot of rumblings about a large number of REO's to hit the market this spring.  We'll have to wait and see.

Jan 17, 2012 01:39 PM #1
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Maggie this is good news for Chicago.  I have many relatives in Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville and the western suburbs.  Let's hope this is a trend!

Jan 17, 2012 02:30 PM #2
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Great news for Chicago!  Being a Chicago native, I always like to hear positive news about that town :)

Jan 17, 2012 02:40 PM #3
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I am originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. My stepson is living in the city and owns two residential properties and one commercial. I hope this prediction of increased foreclosures in 2012 doesn't pan out. I know your area has been hit hard. It would be nice to catch a break.

Jan 17, 2012 03:46 PM #4
Laurie Clark CRB Angel Realty LLC Your Monument Realtor 719-502-6572
CRB-CCSS-ASD-HBS-RSD-Denver Short Sale Agents - Monument, CO
Angel Realty, LLC

Congrats on the feature! I am not surprised that the media is playing up false good news for the housing industry across many cities. However, I am glad to hear that banks and mortgages holders are revising and reviewing their foreclosure processes. Hopefully, these revisions will cease all robo signing of foreclosure notices. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

Jan 17, 2012 03:47 PM #5
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Maggie - your advise is right on. If someone is in financial need, they do need to act fast.

Jan 17, 2012 04:14 PM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Foreclosures are off significantly here in my neck of the woods as well.  Hopefully a good sign for things to come.

Jan 17, 2012 10:25 PM #7
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
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Maggie, Great article for home sellers facing foreclosure that there're options available, just don't exhausted them by waiting too long. Good market information.

Jan 18, 2012 01:47 AM #8
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Hi Maggie - congrats on the feature!  Yes, real estate statistics are local local local.  Some areas are completely bucking the trend of what is happening nationally. 

Jan 18, 2012 01:52 AM #9
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

I also read that yesterday & was a bit confused as to what it was really saying. I don't believe that foreclosures will be up in 2012 because most banks have already been investigated by their states attorney's offices for procedural problems. The 2 weeks that foreclosures were stopped happens every year like that is some kind of generosity toward the sellers.

I don't really think they know what they are talking about.

Jan 18, 2012 03:42 AM #10
Maggie Finegan
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Chicago, IL

Lyn, don't forget that The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 expires at the end of 2012.  I believe we will be seeing a lot of activity due to this deadline.

Time will tell, as they say.

Jan 18, 2012 08:15 AM #11
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I am hoping that foreclosures from Banks come on the market in a small steady stream.  But I do agree that there will be more foreclosures this year. 

Jan 18, 2012 08:39 AM #12
Irene Durocher
Coldwell Banker BUYERS AGENT - Boca Raton, FL

Hi Maggie, I find the banks are holding some of the properties so it does not affect their

bottom line. I sell oceanfront, there are some good deals, but also many properties are

"beat up".  Heres hoping 2012 is a great year for all realtors.

Irene Durocher Bristol Properties

Boca Raton,Florida on the Atlantic Ocean

Jan 20, 2012 08:46 AM #13
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