Mixed news on foreclosures for Mass. in 2009

The number of Massachusetts homes that were foreclosed fell sharply in 2009, though the number of foreclosure proceedings initiated by lenders was up dramatically, according to figures from the Warren Group. The chart below shows foreclosure figures by county for 2008 and 2009.
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County   2008 2009 % change
Barnstable December foreclosure petitions 71 116 63.38%
Year's foreclosure petitions 1,083 1,543 42.47%
December auction notices 39 120 207.69%
Year's auction notices 727 1,083 48.97%
December foreclosure deeds 39 49 25.64%
Year's foreclosure deeds 600 483 -19.50%
Berkshire December foreclosure petitions 24 28 16.67%
Year's foreclosure petitions 249 315 26.51%
December auction notices 21 30 42.86%
Year's auction notices 298 305 2.35%
December foreclosure deeds 10 12 20.00%
Year's foreclosure deeds 147 144 -2.04%
Bristol December foreclosure petitions 142 192 35.21%
Year's foreclosure petitions 1,869 2,490 33.23%
December auction notices 112 204 82.14%
Year's auction notices 1,397 2,143 53.40%
December foreclosure deeds 72 85 18.06%
Year's foreclosure deeds 1,135 884 -22.11%
Dukes December foreclosure petitions 7 10 42.86%
Year's foreclosure petitions 77 121 57.14%
December auction notices 0 3 -
Year's auction notices 40 72 80.00%
December foreclosure deeds 1 4 300.00%
Year's foreclosure deeds 23 38 65.22%
Essex December foreclosure petitions 218 251 15.14%
Year's foreclosure petitions 2,932 3,690 25.85%
December auction notices 227 306 34.80%
Year's auction notices 2,983 3,048 2.18%
December foreclosure deeds 138 111 -19.57%
Year's foreclosure deeds 1,747 1,156 -33.83%
Franklin December foreclosure petitions 14 19 35.71%
Year's foreclosure petitions 159 231 45.28%
December auction notices 2 14 600.00%
Year's auction notices 60 138 130.00%
December foreclosure deeds 10 9 -10.00%
Year's foreclosure deeds 89 80 -10.11%
Hampden December foreclosure petitions 116 151 30.17%
Year's foreclosure petitions 1,644 2,096 27.49%
December auction notices 106 149 40.57%
Year's auction notices 1,805 1,548 -14.24%
December foreclosure deeds 80 65 -18.75%
Year's foreclosure deeds 1,039 796 -23.39%
Hampshire December foreclosure petitions 18 25 38.89%
Year's foreclosure petitions 205 332 61.95%
December auction notices 1 3 200.00%
Year's auction notices 54 15 -72.22%
December foreclosure deeds 8 8 0.00%
Year's foreclosure deeds 104 97 -6.73%
Middlesex December foreclosure petitions 272 337 23.90%
Year's foreclosure petitions 3,633 4,470 23.04%
December auction notices 227 297 30.84%
Year's auction notices 3,220 2,904 -9.81%
December foreclosure deeds 140 127 -9.29%
Year's foreclosure deeds 1,799 1,351 -24.90%
Nantucket December foreclosure petitions 3 6 100.00%
Year's foreclosure petitions 40 81 102.50%
December auction notices 0 0 -
Year's auction notices 9 38 322.22%
December foreclosure deeds 2 3 50.00%
Year's foreclosure deeds 3 25 733.33%
Norfolk December foreclosure petitions 123 155 26.02%
Year's foreclosure petitions 1,558 2,080 33.50%
December auction notices 81 100 23.46%
Year's auction notices 1,293 1,068 -17.40%
December foreclosure deeds 52 50 -3.85%
Year's foreclosure deeds 695 510 -26.62%
Plymouth December foreclosure petitions 175 256 46.29%
Year's foreclosure petitions 2,321 3,108 33.91%
December auction notices 117 216 84.62%
Year's auction notices 2,077 2,316 11.51%
December foreclosure deeds 67 66 -1.49%
Year's foreclosure deeds 1,149 933 -18.80%
Suffolk December foreclosure petitions 131 191 45.80%
Year's foreclosure petitions 2,133 3,098 45.24%
December auction notices 106 214 101.89%
Year's auction notices 2,160 2,156 -0.19%
December foreclosure deeds 125 83 -33.60%
Year's foreclosure deeds 1,590 1,052 -33.84%
Worcester December foreclosure petitions 278 323 16.19%
Year's foreclosure petitions 3,276 4,273 30.43%
December auction notices 167 275 64.67%
Year's auction notices 2,991 2,607 -12.84%
December foreclosure deeds 173 185 6.94%
Year's foreclosure deeds 2,270 1,720 -24.23%
Massachusetts December foreclosure petitions 1,625 2,060 26.77%
Year's foreclosure petitions 21,804 27,928 28.09%
December auction notices 1,206 1,931 60.12%
Year's auction notices 19,270 19,441 0.89%
December foreclosure deeds 936 857 -8.44%
December foreclosure petitions 12,430 9,269 -25.43%