Nationwide data compiled by Zillow identified the worst 1 percent of ZIP codes for mortgage debt exceeding home value. Georgia has nearly a quarter of the ZIP codes. Michigan is second. Many of the Georgia ZIP codes make a crescent around Atlanta's southern flank.
Research firm CoreLogic reported this week that Georgia home prices fell another 5.6 percent in April compared to a year ago. Some analysts say new Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rules for short sales could help stabilize Georgia’s housing market, where prices have fallen 36 percent in the last six years.
Georgia foreclosures were up in July despite a national downward trend. July foreclosures across the country dropped 7% from June to a four-year low. But in Georgia, they jumped 18%. One expert says, Georgia could be on the leading edge of a forclosure ramp-up after a temporary lull.
Fifty million dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is intended to help Georgia communities affected by high foreclosure rates. But it could be some time before recipients know how they can spend the money.