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Local foreclosure filings up through Q1

By - Last modified: April 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

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While U.S. foreclosure filings were down 23 percent in the first quarter compared to the same quarter of 2012, activity around the midstate was up, according to California-based RealtyTrac Inc.

York and Dauphin counties continue to rank near the top of the list in Pennsylvania. The former grabbed the No. 1 spot through the first quarter with 854 filings, or one in every 208 housing units, according to RealtyTrac.

York County saw foreclosure-related filings jump 41 percent from the last quarter of 2012 and more than 46 percent compared to the first quarter last year.

By comparison, Dauphin County was No. 6 in the commonwealth with 396 filings, or 1 in every 303 housing units, according to RealtyTrac. The county's foreclosure rate was up 11 percent from the fourth quarter and 29 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Lancaster County posted a rate of one in every 422 housing units in the first quarter, according to RealtyTrac. Foreclosure filings were up 39 percent from the fourth quarter and 23 percent from the first quarter of 2012.

Lebanon County came in at one in 768 housing units. Filings dropped 20 percent from the last quarter of 2012 but were up 53 percent from the first quarter last year, according to RealtyTrac.

Cumberland County finished the first quarter with the area's lowest foreclosure rate, at one in every 877 housing units. The county's 113 filings were up 11 percent from last quarter and 163 percent from the first quarter of 2012, according to RealtyTrac.

The state foreclosure rate was one in every 426 housing units, while the federal rate was one in every 296.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin County. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jasons@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal. Circle Jason Scott on .

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