In South Carolina, 5,431 homes were in some stage of the foreclosure process during the first quarter, ending March 31, equating to one in every 400 homes, according to a report from Attom Data Solutions.

The state’s foreclosure total in the first quarter was down about 5% from the fourth quarter of 2016 and down nearly 12% from the first quarter of 2016, according to the report.

Foreclosure filings were reported on 234,508 properties across the United States during the first quarter. That is down 19% from a year ago to the lowest level since 2006, the report said.

Foreclosure filings include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions.

“U.S. foreclosure activity on a quarterly basis first dipped below pre-recession averages in the fourth quarter of last year, and this report shows that trend continuing for the second consecutive quarter,” Daren Blomquist, senior vice president with Attom Data Solutions, said in the report. “The number of local markets dropping below pre-recession levels continues to grow, up from 78 a year ago to 102 in this report.”

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