Missouri home foreclosure filings decline in August

Thursday, September 10, 2009 | 4:16 p.m. CDT; updated 4:43 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 10, 2009

KANSAS CITY — The number of home foreclosure filings in Missouri decreased in August.

A report released Thursday byRealtyTrac, based in Irvine, Calif., shows 2,498 foreclosure filings in Missouri last month. That's a 21-percent decrease from July, and it's 33.5 percent lower than August 2008. But RealtyTrac said some of the records included in last year's report stopped being collected in January.

Filings include default notices, auction-sale notices and bank repossessions.

One in every 1,060 housing units in the state received a foreclosure filing in August. That rate is well below the national average of one in every 357 households and ranked Missouri 31st nationally.

Nevada had the nation's highest foreclosure rate in July — one in every 62 housing units. Florida was second, and California was third.

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