2009 Foreclosures Higher Than Previous Year

Tens of thousands of families had to foreclose on their homes in our state in 2009, significantly more so than in 2008.

North Carolina data shows foreclosure filings last year rose in 67 of North Carolina's 100 counties, reaching a record of 63,341. The figures have prompted calls by advocacy groups for a stronger government response. Those who defend low-income groups say state and federal officials most do more to keep people in their homes.

The North Carolina Justice Center compiled the statistics, showing in 2008 about 54,000 homeowners foreclosed, while that number jumped past 63,000 in 2009 Onslow County was one that saw a noticeable jump, from 637 foreclosures in 2008, to 734 in 2009. Carteret County has 310 foreclosures on record in 2008, and 450 in 2009. The increase was less severe in other places, like Pitt and Craven.

To see a county-by-county breakdown of foreclosure numbers, click here.

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