Thursday, February 13, 2014

Foreclosures in Colorado Drop to Ten-Year Low in 2013

New foreclosure auction sales in 2013 were down 41.4 percent from 2012 in Colorado, falling to the lowest level reported since 2004. According to a report released Thursday by the Colorado Division of Housing, there were 9,318 foreclosure auction sales, or completed foreclosures, reported during 2013, compared to 15,903 during 2012. For 2013’s fourth quarter alone, foreclosure auction sales dropped 56.1 percent from 3,760 during the fourth quarter of 2012 to 1,650 during the fourth quarter of 2013.

New foreclosure filings also fell during 2013, dropping 46.3 percent from 28,579 in 2012 to 15,333 in 2013.  Foreclosure filing totals for the fourth quarter alone this year were down 47.6 percent, falling to 2,981 from 2012’s fourth-quarter total of 5,685.

“Colorado appears to be reaching the end of this foreclosure cycle,” said Ryan McMaken, economist for the Colorado Division of Housing. “Foreclosure activity is now well below below the crisis levels of 2007 and 2009."

All of the state’s twelve metropolitan counties reported year-over-year declines in the number of foreclosure auction sales from 2012 to 2013. Auction sales dropped the most in Douglas and Denver counties where they fell 50.2 percent and 49.8 percent, respectively.  

Foreclosure filings fell across all regions of the state in 2013, with only some small counties on the eastern plains showing some moderate increases for the year. 

Several mountain counties were found among the state’s counties with the highest foreclosure rates for the fourth quarter, including Archuleta, Park, and Gunnison counties. Boulder, meanwhile, reported only 30 completed foreclosures for the quarter, for a foreclosure rate of only one foreclosure for every 4,109 households. 

“The total number of active mortgage loans in the state has declined in recent years, employment is stable, and home sales activity is up in much of Colorado," McMaken said. "All of those factors helped to push foreclosures down statewide in 2013."