FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY: Foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc. says that banks filed foreclosure-related warnings against 210,941 U.S. homes in January. That's up 3 percent from December, but down 19 percent from January last year.
REPOSSESSIONS UP: The number of homes taken back by lenders in January rose 8 percent from the previous month. Repossessions fell 15 percent from a year earlier.
MORE TO COME: A $25 billion, multistate settlement with the nation's largest major banks is expected to pave the way for more foreclosures this year. RealtyTrac estimates foreclosures will rise 25 percent this year to 1 million homes.