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Foreclosures hit or miss in Central Pennsylvania

Mortgage foreclosures spiked significantly in Lancaster and
York counties last year compared to 2007, but the rest of the midstate was
shielded from the swath of foreclosures that blanketed the country.

Mortgage foreclosures spiked significantly in Lancaster and
York counties last year compared to 2007, but the rest of the midstate was
shielded from the swath of foreclosures that blanketed the country.

In Clark County, Nev., which includes Las Vegas,
there were 67,223 foreclosures filed last year, according to www.foreclosedpropertiesdata.com,
a Web site that tracks U.S.
foreclosed properties. That is a 121 percent increase from the previous year.
In Cumberland and Lebanon counties, there were fewer
foreclosures filed in 2008 than there were the previous year.

Lancaster
County had 1,100 mortgage
foreclosures last year, according to records from the county prothonotary‘s
office. That is about a 24.3 percent increase from the 885 foreclosures filed
in the county in 2007. There were 112 filed through January of this year in Lancaster County.

More foreclosures were filed in York
County last year than any other county
in Central Pennsylvania. There were 1,702
foreclosures in the county in 2008, up about 33.3 percent from the previous
year’s 1,281 foreclosures, according to the county prothonotary‘s office. This
year, there were approximately 274 foreclosures filed as of Monday.

Foreclosures increased less dramatically in Dauphin County in 2008. There were 928 foreclosures
filed in the county last year, up about 5.8 percent from 2007’s 877 foreclosures, according to county prothonotary office records.
There were 135 foreclosures filed in Dauphin
County as of Monday.

Cumberland and Lebanon
counties saw foreclosures drop last year.

There were 754 foreclosures filed in 2008 in Cumberland County. That is about a 2.1 percent
decrease from the previous year’s 770 foreclosures. There were 117 foreclosures
filed in Cumberland
County as of yesterday,
according to county prothonotary office records.

In Lebanon
County, foreclosures
dropped by approximately 7.5 percent from 2007 to 2008. In 2007, there were 252
foreclosures. Last year, there were 233 foreclosures filed, according to the
county prothonotary‘s office. Through January, there were 31 foreclosures filed
in Lebanon County this year.

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