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According to RISMedia, another batch of dismal housing data hit the economy Tuesday, including worsening foreclosure rates, piling more pressure on the government to take action that could help pull real estate out of its tailspin.

“We’re still in the middle of all this,” said Bob Walters, chief economist for Quicken Home Loans in Livonia, Mich., “I would expect the data to get worse before it gets better.”

The numbers, in three reports released Tuesday, showed that:

More than 1% of all U.S. households were in some stage of foreclosure last year, a significant increase, according to RealtyTrac, a housing data firm;
Home values took a major swoon, with prices in a 20-city index tracked by Standard & Poor’s declining by a record 7.7% in November. The study said Chicago-area prices that month were 3.9% lower than the year before;
The rate of homeownership saw its biggest one-year drop on record, and the number of vacant homes climbed to 2.18 million from 2.07 million, the Census Bureau reported.

The numbers likely mean that the decline has further to go, observers said. Full Story

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