Foreclosure filings were up 13% in October from the previous month but down 17% from a year ago, ATTOM Data Solutions reported Thursday.

There were a total of 55,197 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions — in October 2019.

"While foreclosure activity across the United States rose in October, in looking at historical trends, October numbers tend to increase as lenders may be pushing filings through the pipeline before the holiday season," said Todd Teta, chief product officer with ATTOM Data Solutions. "The latest number is still below where it was a year ago and less than 15% of what it was during the depths of the Great Recession." Historical Foreclosure Activity by Filing

Lenders repossessed 13,484 U.S. properties through completed foreclosures (REOs) in October 2019, up 14% from last month, hitting the highest point in total number of completed foreclosures in 2019. States that saw the greatest number in REOs in October 2019 included: Florida (1,493 REOs); Texas (912 REOs); Michigan (890 REOs); California (824 REOs); and Illinois (805 REOs). Those major metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with a population greater than 200,000 that saw the greatest number of REOs included: Detroit, MI (705 REOs); New York, NY (684 REOs); Chicago, IL (679 REOs); Philadelphia, PA (470 REOs); and Atlanta, GA (430 REOs).

Nationwide one in every 2,453 housing units had a foreclosure filing in October 2019. States with the highest foreclosure rates were New Jersey (one in every 1,316 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Illinois (one in every 1,336 housing units); Maryland (one in every 1,484 housing units); South Carolina (one in every 1,534 housing units); and Florida (one in every 1,571 housing units). Among the 220 metropolitan statistical areas with a population of at least 200,000, those with the highest foreclosure rates in October were Peoria, IL (one in every 832 housing units); Rockford, IL (one in every 889 housing units); Atlantic City, NJ (one in every 933 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Fayetteville, NC (one in every 962 housing units); and Columbia, SC (one in every 1,028 housing units).

Lenders started the foreclosure process on 28,667 U.S. properties in October 2019, up 17% from last month but down 1% from a year ago — the first double-digit month-over-month increase since February 2018. States that saw a double digit increases from last month included: Arizona (up 52%); Ohio (up 52%); Florida (up 48%); New Jersey (up 47%); and California (up 36%). Counter to the national trend, 13 states including Washington, DC posted month-over-month decreases in foreclosure starts in October 2019, including Maryland (down 42%); Idaho (down 36%); Delaware (down 32%); Nebraska (down 26%); and Utah (down 25%).