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Clerk reports new foreclosure case filings down slightly in July

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (August 13, 2010) – The number of new foreclosure filings in Palm Beach County decreased slightly in July, and continues to decline compared with the same time last year, according to the latest figures available from the Clerk & Comptroller’s office.

Last month 1,604 cases were filed, down from 1,640 cases filed in June. The number of cases filed in July is down 37.7 percent compared with the 2,575 cases filed in July 2009.

Overall, foreclosure filings continue to decline in Palm Beach County compared with last year, with 12,439 new cases filed since January – a 32.89 percent drop from the 18,534 cases filed during the same time period in 2009*.

The Clerk & Comptroller’s office processes all foreclosure-related court documents, notices of action and motions. After a foreclosure judgment, the office issues a notice of sale, conducts the foreclosure auction and issues all post-sale documents, such as the certificate of title.  Palm Beach County’s foreclosed properties are auctioned three days a week online at ClerkAuction.

*All foreclosure case statistics are based on the date foreclosure filings are recorded by the Clerk & Comptroller’s office.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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