Real esate:

Nevada remains a top foreclosure state as new filings climb


A home in Henderson is listed for auction in November. Legislation signed by Gov. Jim Gibbons is designed to avert more home losses by allowing homeowners facing foreclosure to demand mediation with their lenders. The program is expected to be available in mid-July.

Banks seized a rising number of homes from delinquent Nevada borrowers last month, keeping the state’s foreclosure rate one of the worst in the country.

One in every 533 housing units statewide received a foreclosure-related filing in January, up 28 percent from December but down 35 percent from January 2013, according to a new report from Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac.

Filings include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions.

Nevada had the second-highest foreclosure rate in the country last month, behind Florida. Nationally, one in every 1,058 homes received a foreclosure filing in January.

Nevada had the No. 2 foreclosure rate for all of 2013, also behind Florida.

The Silver State had 1,369 scheduled auctions in January, a 23-month high, and 543 repossessions, a 21 percent jump from December, according to RealtyTrac.

Still, lenders didn’t seize as many homes as in the beginning of last year, with repossessions down 28 percent from January 2013.

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