By Thomas Grillo | Boston Business Journal | September 17, 2012
The number of Massachusetts homes facing foreclosure dropped by double digits in July, the lowest monthly level recorded so far this year, according to market tracker The Warren Group.
A total of 1,198 foreclosures were initiated in Massachusetts last month, down from 1,441 petitions in July 2011, a nearly 17 percent decline.
Foreclosure deeds, the final step in the process, also dropped in July to 648, a 17 percent decrease from 782 in July 2011. This also marks the fewest number of completed foreclosures for any month this year. It is the slowest month since May 2011 when there were 571 foreclosure deeds.
“The good news is that as the economy slowly comes back and as housing prices stabilize, fewer people are sinking below water,” said Barry Bluestone, director for the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. Read More