Texas Foreclosure Rates Declining But Many Households Still at Risk

October 10, 2014 | by Katie Claflin

Categories: Homeownership, Housing Counseling

In its August National Foreclosure Report, the financial research firm CoreLogic reported that Texas’ foreclosure inventory (defined as the percentage of homes currently in the foreclosure process) is 0.7%, down from 1.0% a year ago.

In comparison, the national foreclosure inventory rate is currently 1.6%, and New Jersey’s foreclosure inventory rate is a staggering 5.8%, by far the highest in the country.

Texas Ranks #3 Among States with the Most Foreclosures

Although Texas’ foreclosure rate is among the lowest in the nation, our total number of foreclosures is not. The CoreLogic report also reveals that Texas had more than 36,000 completed foreclosures last year, which ranks behind only Florida and Michigan on the list of states with the most foreclosures.

Furthermore, both Houston and Dallas ranked in the top 10 metropolitan areas with the most foreclosures last year, with 8,524 and 6,054 foreclosures respectively.

These statistics indicate that, although our percentage of foreclosures is relatively low, due to Texas’ large population size, the risk of foreclosure is still very real for many Texas families.

Click here to download the full report from CoreLogic.

Do you Know Someone Struggling with their Mortgage Payments?

TSAHC encourages homeowners at risk of foreclosure to contact a HUD-approved housing counselor for assistance.  These trained, confidential advisors can help homeowners understand their options and communicate with their servicer, all at no cost. 

Does Counseling Work?

Yes!  A recent evaluation of the federal National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program (which provides funding to support foreclosure prevention counseling) shows that homeowners who receive foreclosure counseling are nearly three times more likely to obtain a loan modification than homeowners who don't.

DON’T WAIT.  The earlier you reach out for help, the more options may be available. Click here to find a foreclosure counselor in your area.


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Comments

kclaflin@tsahc.org

Hi Danielle, we have reached out to you via email to provide you with some resources that may be able to assist you.

Danielle

I have lived in my home since I was born and I am 32 now. My grandparents left me my house when they passed away but i was only 16 yrs old. I had no other family left so I’ve been all on my own since then. I had no clue what property taxes were, all I knew was the house was all ready paid off. I got up to date a few yrs ago but unfortunately I’ve had a rough past two yrs. I have 2 kids under 7years old and just lost my crappy server job. I am on my own with no one to turn to for advice or financial help. I am afraid they can take my house if I can’t pay my property taxes soon, can anyone give me any advice or point me in the right direction as far as low income home assistance programs or grants of some sort?  Sincerely… Danielle young… EL PAso, tx

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