Accessing the Foreclosure Data You Need
Below are various organizations and steps that will help you obtain data about the foreclosure crisis on a national, state and local level.
Organization: Core Logic
Cost: Most information is available for a fee; home index report is available for free
Notes: Excellent source for national foreclosure-related data
Organization: Realty Trac
Cost: Certain tools can be used for free, but for full access a subscription is required
Notes: We have concern over how certain numbers are calculated, but it is the most cited source in the media
Organization: New York Federal Reserve Bank
Notes: Maps and data show conditions across the country. Maps include delinquency rates.
Cost: Most tools on the website are free, but there are subscriptions available for the magazine.
Notes: Credible source for foreclosure-related news
This site, brought to you through a grant from Quicken Loans and a partnership between MSHDA and the Grand Valley State University Community Research institute, provides downloadable foreclosure data on a state and county level for the years 2005 – 2011. You can also access:
- County data profiles
- Historical trend charts and graphs
- The full research report
Local data is more difficult to access since bit and pieces of it are spread across a number of organizations and offices. Because of this, we have developed some strategies that will help you access the data you need.
1) Time your request so that you have at least:
- A small core of community members/ leaders already committed to lead the charge in building a local response to the crisis, and
- A one-page written description of what you intend to accomplish and how it will benefit the community.
2) Schedule a face-to-face meeting with the person in charge to get their buy-in. Make sure your spokesperson is credible. (See the Step by Step Guide for Building a Local Coalition below.)
3) Get the buy-in of the County Treasurer.
4) Meet with the local community foundation first to get their endorsement of the need for the data can also influence local government agencies, nonprofits and others in the community.
Using the above strategies, you can access a number of data sources in your community, including:
Data: Number of Sheriff’s sales
Shows: Mortgage foreclosed homes that have been sold at auction
Source: County Register of Deeds Office
Data: Number of Tax Foreclosures
Source: County Treasurer’s Office
Data: Property Tax Trends
Source: County Equalization Office
Data: Realty Trends
Shows: Short sales, percentage of distressed homes on the market, average sales price, trends over time
Source: Local Board of Realty
Data: Vacant Properties
Source: Local municipality, U.S. Post Office
The information available through these sources will help you understand what the foreclosure crisis looks like in your own backyard.
Below are some current local data collection models: