The foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac says Ohio foreclosure filings fell sharply in May, but the state had one of the highest rates in the country.
Ohio foreclosure activity rose by 12 percent in April to the third-highest level in the nation, fueled by an increase in repossessions and sheriff's auctions.
Ohio foreclosure filings rose in February as lenders continued working through a backlog of cases.
The mortgage research firm RealtyTrac says foreclosure filings in Ohio fell by 23 percent in January from December's figures.
The listing service RealtyTrac says banks took possession of fewer U.S. homes in 2012 than a year earlier.
The foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac says sales of U.S. homes facing foreclosure are on the rise and outpacing sales of bank-owned homes.