New Chicago-Area Foreclosures Sales Soared in November

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According to, The Illinois Foreclosure Listing Service, the new foreclosure filings in Chicago area slightly increased in November 2011, while the properties sold at auction soared drastically. New foreclosure filings in the Chicago seven-county area tracked by ILFLS totaled 5,329 in November.

Cook County IL New REO properties - November 2011

Cook County IL New REO properties - November 2011

New foreclosure filings slightly increased while the
properties sold at auction soared DRASTICALLY

New foreclosures filed in the Chicago area during November rose slightly compared with a month earlier, according to figures compiled by the Illinois Foreclosure Listing Service (ILFLS). New foreclosure filings in the seven-county area tracked by ILFLS totaled 5,329 in November, compared with 5,316 in October and 6,026 in November 2010. Completed foreclosures — those selling at auction or reverting back to lenders — increased to 2,694 in November from 1,778 in October and 1,359 in November 2010, a huge 98.23 percent increase. There was also a substantial increase of 50.47 percent in the number of properties sold to investors in November compared to last month activity, and a 235.42 percent increase compared to 2010 year.

"As usual the majority of the activity was due to the REO properties — well over 94 percent of the completed foreclosures. On the other hand we saw a huge increase in the investor activity this month. This is a good indicator of the increased investor confidence. Hopefully this trend will continue," said Peter George, ILFLS CEO and Database Manager.

Overall, new REO properties increased 51.59 percent to 2,533 in November compared with 1,671 in October and increased 93.21 percent compared with 1,311 in November 2010. Properties sold at auction increased 50.47 percent to 161 in November compared with 107 in October.

“As expected, the number of new filings at the end of the year has increased in most of the Chicagoland area counties. In Cook County there was a small decline of 2.48 percent compared to October. The highest drop in new filings was in McHenry County - 17.81 percent decrease. “ - ILFLS chief database manager said. “We expect 2012 to be a very good year for the real estate investors.”

  • The Illinois Foreclosure Listing Service (ILFLS) is a Chicago-based subscription service that provides up-to-date data on foreclosure filings and related activities throughout the Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, McHenry, Kane and Kendall Counties. ILFLS recorders are assigned to every courthouse in the coverage area, which they visit daily to collect the latest data. ILFLS provides a searchable database and a broad array of productivity tools, all designed by and intended primarily for real estate professionals.


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