And that's not all. Foreclosure auctions were scheduled for the first time on 132,680 properties last month - 4% fewer than the month before and 16% fewer than in May a year ago, according to the Irvine, California-based RealtyTrac Inc.
In fact, foreclosure filings of all types - default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions - were reported on 322,920 U.S. properties in May, a decline of 3%. All told, this latest report seems to have painted a picture of a gentle and steady recovery for the embattled U.S. housing market.
Unfortunately, these figures are quite deceptive - as is the reassuring portrait they helped create. Despite the apparent improvement in the foreclosure figures, there exist some dangerous undercurrents that threaten to further drag down U.S. housing prices - as well as U.S. investors.
To discover the "real" state of the U.S. housing market, read on...