WASHINGTON — Foreclosure filings were started on 272,171properties in July, an 8% increase from the previous month and a55% rise from July 2007, according to a report released today byRealtyTrac, an online seller of foreclosed properties.

During July, one in every 464 U.S. households received aforeclosure filing. The highest rates were in Nevada, Californiaand Florida, where the rates were one in 106, one in 182 and one in186, respectively.

The highest number of foreclosures occurred in California(72,285), Florida (45,884) and Ohio (13,457).

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