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Number of Foreclosure-Bound Homes Down in L.A. County

Lenders sent default notices to 11,443 homeowners in the county during the first quarter of 2012, compared to 13,957 by this time last year.

The number of Los Angeles County homes slipping toward foreclosure dropped by 18 percent in the first quarter of 2012, compared to the same period last year, a real estate information service reported this week.

Lenders sent default notices to 11,443 homeowners in Los Angeles County in the first quarter, a decrease from the 2011 first-quarter total of 13,957, according to San Diego-based DataQuick.

DataQuick numbers also show that there were 22 homes sold in Altadena in March and that the median sales price was $498,000, an increase of 20.8 percent compared to the median sales price in March of 2011.

In Orange County, default notices were sent to 3,733 homeowners, down 19.8 percent from the 2011 first-quarter total of 4,652.

Statewide, default notices were sent to 56,258 homeowners in the first quarter of the year, DataQuick reported. That was an 8.5 percent drop from the previous quarter's 61,517 notices and down 17.6 percent from the first quarter in 2011, when 68,239 default notices were sent.

Last quarter's number of default notices was at its lowest level in nearly five years.

"Prices peaked five years ago and then started to fall off a cliff," said John Walsh, DataQuick president. "Foreclosure activity goes up when property values decline, and the worst of that decline was happening three years ago. Right now, property values in many areas appear flat."

Default notices do not always lead to a home foreclosure, according to DataQuick. Some homeowners emerge from the foreclosure process by bringing
their payments current, refinancing or selling the home.

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