Foreclosures are finally picking up in Southern Nevada, with lenders increasingly seizing homes that have been in default for lengthy amounts of times. In May, creditors repossessed 677 homes in the Las Vegas area - the highest monthly tally over 2 1/2 years. This is the third consecutive month that has seen a month-to-month increase according to RealtyTrac.
The rise in repossessions may sound gloomy at first, but industry professionals say it is merely the result of banks that are beginning to clear the pileup of homes that accumulated during the recession. Previously instated new laws heavily slowed the foreclosure process on delinquent borrowers, requesting much more paperwork from banks, thereby congesting the foreclosure pipeline.
Nationally, creditors seized about 44,900 homes in May, showing a rise that more than doubled the number of homes seized in January.
RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist said, "This is not triggered by a fundamental problem in the housing market or economy; this is dealing with that backlog."