Starting in 2006, Iowa experienced elevated rates of mortgage delinquency and foreclosure. Recently rates have begun to fall, but foreclosure remains a cause of hardship for many Iowans and their communities. In the map below, the Housing and Land Use Policy Program at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center provides foreclosure trend data for every Iowa county. Choose a year and a quarter, and then click on a county to see the number of foreclosure events in that county for the quarter, and a chart indicating county foreclosure trends since 2006. Mouse over the quarters to see how the pattern of foreclosures statewide has changed over time. The Iowa Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General awarded the Public Policy Center a grant for the map's production.
Five types of foreclosure events are included: Notices of Default (non-judicial document starting the foreclosure process), Lis Pendens (judicial notice of a pending lawsuit), Notice of Trustee's Sale (filing announcing a public auction), Notice of Foreclosure Sale (judge's order to sell property at a public auction), and Real Estate Owned (document conveying property ownership back to the lender). RealtyTrac provided the data.