The city saw 1,255 foreclosures in January, up 15% from January 2013. That’s also a 12% bump up from the number of foreclosures in December.
RealtyTrac, which compiled the data, noted that January 2013 marked the 40th straight month that foreclosure activity nationally dropped compared to the same month the previous year.
In New York, Brooklyn had the most foreclosures of any borough at 423 — an 11 percent increase compared with last year, the New York Daily News reported. But Queens registered the most dramatic rise in foreclosure filings, jumping 27 percent.
New York did fare better than Florida, which had the highest rate of foreclosures.
City officials attribute the increase in activity to a backlog of cases that are now being processed, a claim backed up by an increase in foreclosure auctions, the next step in the procedure. [WSJ] and [NYDN] –– Angela Hunt