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Real estate market rebounding [Google+ Hangout]

October 17, 2012|By Pat Benson

Foreclosures started in California have dropped to the lowest level since early 2007, the latest sign that the housing market is rebounding faster than analysts expected.

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Notices of default fell 10.2% from the previous quarter and were down 31.2% from the same period last year, San Diego-based DataQuick reported Wednesday. A total of 49,026 notices of default – the first stage of foreclosure in California -- were filed on homes here last quarter.

That was the lowest number since the first quarter of 2007, and a 63% decline from the first quarter of 2009, when notice of default filings peaked in the state.

Another report Wednesday found that U.S. housing starts increased 15% in September.

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