Foreclosure activity dips in Portland Vancouver metro area in 3Q

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Foreclosure activity declined in the three months ending in September in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, one of 131 metro areas with a population of 200,000 or more that experienced a year-over-year decline.

The Portland-Vancouver area came in 123rd for foreclosure activity out of 212 cities, according to California-based RealtyTrac. The company reported third -quarter foreclosures also decreased from the previous quarter in 134 of the metro areas tracked in the report.

Portland-Vancouver had a total of 2,422 households in some stage of foreclosure during the third quarter, a total that fell by 41 percent compared to the same period last year.

Decreasing foreclosures locally and across the country could be a sign that lenders are finally working through a two-year buildup of foreclosures, according to RealtyTrac spokesman Daren Blomquist. However, he said such activity in some markets remains a threat to home-price stability and growth.