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Foreclosure Filings Hit 4 Year Low:

The number of U.S. homes that received a foreclosure filing fell to a four-year low in 2011 as a slowdown in processing hit the market, RealtyTrac said in a report on Thursday.

Foreclosure filings, which include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions, slid by 34 percent in 2011, the lowest level since 2007, just as the housing market was starting to crumble. RealtyTrac said there were filings on 1,887,777 homes last year.

Bank seizures of homes fell to 804,423 from 1,050,500 in 2010, also marking the lowest level in four years.

“A big part that is inflating the size of the decrease is a continuing extended foreclosure process,” said Daren Blomquist, director of marketing communications at RealtyTrac.

Nevada ranked as the state with highest foreclosure rate for the fifth year in a row, with one in 16 Nevada homes receiving at least one foreclosure filing in 2011. Even so, Nevada saw a 31 percent decrease in foreclosure activity for the year.

The length of time for foreclosure processing continued to increase in the final quarter of the year. Homes took on average 348 days to move through the process, up from 336 days in the third quarter and 305 days in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Foreclosures took the longest in New York state, where homes foreclosed in the fourth quarter took an average 1,019 days to complete the process. RealtyTrac also released foreclosure activity for December, which fell to a 49-month low of 205,024 homes, down nearly 9 percent from November. But bank repossessions rose 10 percent to 61,774. 

What Happened to Rates Last Week:

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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) gained +14 basis points from last Friday to the prior Friday which moved mortgage rates slightly lower.
We had a mixed bag of economic data with very strong readings in Consumer Sentiment but we had weaker than expected Retail Sales data.
Demand for our 10 year Treasury auction was very strong but pulled back on the 30 year Treasury bond auction.

With the long weekend, traders moved their money into bonds on Friday which helped to push mortgage rates lower.

What to Watch Out For This Week:

The following are the major economic reports that will hit the market this week.  They each have the ability to affect the pricing of Mortgage Backed Securities and therefore, interest rates for Government and Conventional mortgages.  I will be watching these reports closely for you and let you know if there are any big surprises:

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