Banks held about 476,000 homes that they repossessed from delinquent mortgage borrowers as of the end of July, according to Barclays Capital.
That tally represents a 17 percent contraction from 574,000 REOs on the books
just 10 months earlier, in September of 2010, just as the robo-signing scandal began grabbing headlines.
At the same time, the research firm estimates there were 1.57 million home loans 90-plus days delinquent but not yet in foreclosure at the end of July of this year, and another 1.91 million already in the foreclosure process. (DSNews)