Both the amount of time to foreclose and the average estimated value of a foreclosed property are rising.<@SM>The greatest percentage of foreclosed properties in 2013 was homes with an estimated value of between $100,000 and $200,000. The lowest percentage was homes in the $750,000 to $1-million range.<@SM>Going against the downward trend, 10 states saw foreclosure activity increase last year.<@SM>The average number of days to complete a foreclosure has increased overall since 2007. The process took the greatest number of days to complete in New York, New Jersey and Florida, dropping off to less than half that time in California and even less time Texas. ***Charts courtesy of RealtyTrac.


IRVINE, CA-The average time to complete a foreclosure nationwide in the fourth quarter increased 3% from the previous quarter to a record-high 564 days, reports RealtyTrac. States with the longest time to foreclose were New York, New Jersey and Florida.

Daren Blomquist, VP of RealtyTrac, tells, “The increasing time to foreclose is probably the most negative metric in this report because it allows for the possibility that at least part of the decrease in foreclosure activity is not the result of a market recovery, but instead because a slower flow of foreclosures through the pipeline. We can’t declare the market completely out of the woods when it comes to the foreclosure problem until we see the foreclosure timeline decline in tandem with a decrease in foreclosure activity.”

In addition, the average estimated value of a property receiving a foreclosure filing in 2013 was $191,693 at the time of the foreclosure filing, up 1% from the average value in 2012, and the average estimated market value of properties that received foreclosure filings in 2013 has increased 10% since the foreclosure notice was filed, according to the firm.

As reported earlier today, while overall foreclosure activity increases in 10 states including Washington, nationwide filings are down significantly from 2012 and down 53% from their peak in 2010, according to RealtyTrac. Foreclosure filings were down 26% from 2012, representing the lowest annual total since 2007, the firm reports.

See the charts below for more interesting information about foreclosures.