Foreclosure Rate Jumps in August

Lenders took back more homes in August than in any other month since the beginning of the mortgage crisis.

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You've heard the saying "from bad to worse"? Well, the rate of foreclosures underscores that notion. Lenders took back more homes in August than in any month since the start of the U.S. mortgage crisis. The increase in home repossessions came even as the number of properties entering the foreclosure process slowed for the seventh month in a row, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. In all, banks repossessed 95,364 properties last month, up 3 percent from July and an increase of 25 percent from August 2009, RealtyTrac said. The point of the bailout money was to help people actually keep their homes. Instead it appears that the banks are keeping the bailout money and putting people out of their homes anyway. Why isn't anyone doing anything about this?

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