Foreclosures up in Lucas County, but still below recession levelsWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreclosure cases are up in Lucas County compared to last year, but still below the record number seen during the recession in 2009, according to statistics from the Lucas County Clerk of Courts office.
As of July 10, there have been 1,553 foreclosure cases filed in Lucas County, 135 more than the 1,418 filed in 2011 by the same date.
“We’re up higher than we were last year already,” said Lucas County Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter. “In 2011, we dropped to 2,946, which was great. We’re heading up a little bit, but we’re still not at the numbers we were at.”
The jump can be partially attributed to banks that have held off on foreclosing properties, but can’t wait any longer, Quilter said.
Lucas County saw a record number of foreclosure cases in 2009 with 4,160. There were 3,486 foreclosures in 2007, 4,093 in 2008 and 3,869 in 2010.
The 2,946 foreclosures filed in 2011 accounted for nearly 47 percent of the 6,273 civil cases filed in Lucas County that year. Foreclosures made up 51 percent of the civil cases filed in 2009 and 2010, 50 percent of the cases filed in 2008 and 47 percent of the cases filed in 2007.
Foreclosures make up 48 percent of the 3,207 civil cases filed so far in 2012. There have been five more civil cases filed so far this year compared to last year.