Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square
The worst inflation in 40 years has led to cascading effects, with consumer sentiment declining and gross domestic product decreasing in the first quarter of this year. While the Federal Reserve has been raising rates to tame inflation, this has resulted in higher mortgage rates. Combined, these factors appear to be cooling the U.S. housing market after white-hot demand in the past two years sent prices skyward.
So far, the number of foreclosure filings in the first six months of the year is still slightly lower than it was in the same period in 2020. But these filings are up 153% from the first half of last year, according to property data provider Attom Data Solutions.
Home foreclosure filings include default notices, bank repossessions, and scheduled auctions and are used as a measure to gauge the health of housing markets at local, state, and national levels.
Cook County, Illinois – located in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan area – has one of the highest foreclosure rates of any U.S. county. According to a recent report from Attom, a total of 7,265 housing units were in foreclosure in the first half of 2022, up 258.2% from the first half of last year.
The foreclosure rate in Cook County of one in every 312 homes ranks as the 20th highest of the more than 1,700 counties and county equivalents reviewed.
According to five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 American Community Survey, the typical household in Cook County has an income of $67,886 a year and the typical home is worth $255,500. For context, the typical American household’s annual income is $64,994, and the national median home value is $229,800.
Cumberland County, New Jersey is in the worst shape with 1:197 foreclosures per housing unit. See the list of 30 distressed counties in the United States. In Illinois, Madison County, Kendall County, and Will County rank worse than Cook County
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