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Foreclosures in Norwood and the State Down in April

According to the Warren Group.

Norwood has seen a drop in foreclosures across the board in April 2013.

The data, provided by the Warren Group, stated Norwood’s foreclosure petitions (which represent newly started foreclosures) dropped from three in April 2012 to one last month. Foreclosure deeds, or completed foreclosures, dropped from one to zero over the same time period.

Norwood’s cumulative petitions dropped from 19 at this time in 2012 to seven in 2013.

Foreclosures across the state are also dropping.

The number of foreclosure petitions statewide dropped almost 79 percent year-over-year to 370 from 1,750 in April 2012. This is up from March, when 284 petitions were filed statewide, but well below levels in months past that came in around 1,000 or higher. Through April of this year, 2,450 petitions to foreclose have been filed statewide, down almost 60 percent from 6,098 during the same period in 2012.

"We're seeing foreclosure starts consistently under the 1,000 mark for six straight months and fewer than 500 for two straight months. The real estate market has improved dramatically in 2013 with median prices up 11 percent and this has slowed foreclosures," said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group. "Another factor in the decline was recently reported by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. MHP found that a 2012 state law that requires banks to notify borrowers of their rights to pursue a loan modification before foreclosing is contributing to this precipitous drop. The real question is whether foreclosure activity will pick back up once lenders have modified their procedures to comply with the new law."

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