Foreclosure filings down, judgments up in Westchester

By John Golden

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New foreclosure actions in Westchester County continued a 3-year decline in this year’s first quarter, while the number of court judgments on foreclosed properties continued a rise that began in 2011, according to the Westchester County Clerk’s office.

The 291 foreclosure judgments entered in state Supreme Court in Westchester County from January through March represented an 8 percent increase from the first quarter of 2015, the clerk’s office reported.

As a backlog of pending foreclosure classes in the court continued to be cleared, mortgage lenders and servicers initiated fewer foreclosure actions in the last quarter. The 416 foreclosure filings over three months were down from 569 in the first quarter of 2015, a nearly 27 percent decrease. Foreclosure filings in Westchester peaked at 680 in the first quarter of 2013.

“While the number of filings is still higher than preferred, we are encouraged by the steady decline over the past two years,” said Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni. “Judgments remain high due to older foreclosure filings making it through the court.”

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John Golden
The Business Journal’s senior writer, John Golden directs news coverage of the county and Hudson Valley region as Westchester bureau chief. He was an award-winning upstate columnist and feature writer before joining the Business Journal in 2007. He is the author of “Northern Drift: Sketches on the New York Frontier,” a collection of his regional journalism.
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