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BOSTON, Mar. 31, 2015 – Foreclosure deeds in Massachusetts fell by 14.6 percent in February, marking the second consecutive month of decreases, according to The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. Deeds, or completed foreclosures, mark the final step in the foreclosure process.

Statewide, there were 311 foreclosure deeds recorded in February, compared with 364 in the same month last year. This was the lowest number of deeds for the month of February since 2006, when there were 164 completed foreclosures. Year-to-date, deeds fell by 21 percent to 568 deeds filed compared with 718 during the same timeframe last year.

Foreclosure petition activity in the Bay State increased in February, posting a 98 percent increase. Lenders filed a total of 868 foreclosure petitions in February, compared with 439 a year ago. Petitions mark the first step in the foreclosure process. Year-to-date, petitions rose 85 percent to 1,486 petitions filed compared with 803 during the same time period last year.

chartfebforeclosures“Deeds fell for the second time this year despite petitions and auctions continuing to rise,” said Cassidy Murphy, editorial director of The Warren Group. “It is important to note that despite the large increases in petitions and auctions, the volume of transactions for each is minimal compared to what they were in 2007 at the height of the foreclosure crisis.”

The number of auction announcements tracked by The Warren Group jumped 242 percent in February, with 592 announcements compared with 173 in February 2014.

The Warren Group offers a range of real estate products, information services and printed publications, including Banker & Tradesman and The Commercial Record. The company also presents and organizes trade shows and events for a variety of industries, including bankers, mortgage brokers, credit unions and lawyers. Based in Boston, the company was established in 1872 and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership and management. For more information about The Warren Group, visit