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Home sweet home has been anything but for scores of Americans these past few years, and the picture hasn't brightened much to date.
The housing market is still hurting and the foreclosure fiasco continues to loom despite record-low mortgage rates.
Homes in some stage of foreclosure accounted for more than one in four home sales during the first quarter of 2012, RealtyTrac reported today (Thursday).
Distressed properties that were either in default, scheduled for auction or bank-owned made up 26% of all residential sales during the first quarter. That was up from 22% in the prior quarter and 25% from the same period a year earlier, according to Thursday's data.