2008 Foreclosures in Chicago land up 33% over the Previous Year

Published On 2009-01-05
2008 Foreclosures in Chicago land up 33% over the Previous Year

 Illinois Foreclosures were at an all time high in 2008 according to official Illinois foreclosure statistics released by ilFLS.com, the Illinois Foreclosures Listing Service, totaling almost 63,000 new foreclosures for the year.  At years end foreclosures were up a whopping 33% in 2008 over the previous year end totals and foreclosure filings have increased 94% since 2006 for the Chicagoland Area.

Despite aggressive efforts by the U.S. Government to stem the rising tide of foreclosures throughout 2008 the 4th Quarter saw another 11% increase in foreclosures in Illinois over the previous quarter.  The over 17,500 new foreclosures in the 4th quarter of 2008 is the highest total on record for the Chicagoland area which comprises the counties of Cook, Dupage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will and Winnebago.

“I don’t foresee conditions in the real estate market improving too much for overburdened homeowners in foreclosure.”  Says T.J. McKinney, Investor Relations for ilFLS.com. “Many homeowners in foreclosure looking to sell their homes on the real estate market are facing stiff competition from lower priced REO properties which are currently flooding the markets.”

In fact, in 2008 over 26,000 properties entered the REO market from the Illinois Judicial auctions alone as compared to a little over 15,000 REOs in 2007.  As these low priced REO properties continue to enter the real estate market in record numbers the median sales price of homes may continue to slide and we may not see any abatement in foreclosure numbers well into 2009.