Fewer fore­clo­sures were started and com­pleted in July as the Mass­a­chu­setts housing market and overall economy con­tinued to slowly improve, according to data released Monday.

Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, an econ­o­mist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, said the newest fore­clo­sure num­bers are in line with other recent statistics.

The economy has been fairly slowly but steadily improving. You would expect to see an effect in [mort­gage] default rates,” Clayton-​​Matthews said.

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