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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  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 at 08:00 PM
    I never said I have an issue paying my bills. What my point was, Obamas stimulus plan that quadrupeled our deficit was supposed to create jobs, not make unemployment worse. For some it is hard to manage their budget when they have no job. Obama managed to spend 9 trillion dollars in the blink of an eye, why cant he fix things in the blink of an eye? He is superman isnt he?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 at 04:01 PM
    Thank you Chris. You know what alot of these people blaming Obama have their jobs and houses. I don't think they really care about anyone else losing their house just that they want to find a way to blame Obama. Obama cannot fixed everything with a blink of an eye. It will take time. And Chris is right budget and try to help yourself. Cut down on some expenses. Speak with your loan company about helping until you get back on your feet again. I did
  • by chris Location: mhc on Jan 11, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    anonymous, I am not defending, putting down or endoursing any president, party, or policy. Simply put, you have to take responsibility for your own situation. Croocked money deals and corperate greed and people not reading the fine print is a big factor. Living beyound means. Champagne taste on beer budget.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    Chris, if Obamas stimulus plan had worked people wouldnt be in this situation but since it didnt work alot of people are now unemployed, yet another broken promis from Obama.
  • by chris Location: mhc on Jan 11, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    Sounds to me that in a lot of cases people really did not mortgages to begin with. If you take care of yourself then you will not have to lean on Big Bro to bail you out. Take care of your own house and quit looking for handouts. If you don't like the rules don't play the game.
  • by LEW Location: Farmville on Jan 11, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    Obama, you can't blame this on Bush-- is this more of your recovery plan????
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 11, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    On Feb. 18, 2009 -- President Obama unveiled a foreclosure-prevention package that would pour more than $75 billion into arresting one of the root causes of the nation's economic spiral by helping as many as 9 million homeowners obtain more affordable mortgage terms. Thanks for arresting the root cause Obama!!! You obviously can't fix our problems and should resign asap.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jan 11, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    just wait 'till next year!! Buzz-
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    Keep hearing on tv that Obama had some thing set up to help homeowners in trouble, does not seem like that is working either.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jan 11, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    How could it be that our Chief Community Organizer allowed this to happen. Wasn't he going to fix all of this kind of thing so that only the rich folks would be made to suffer???
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