Problems with processing foreclosures slowed the activity to its most sluggish pace in April, further delaying the point when the market will have addressed the large stockpile of real estate for sale.

RealtyTrac, a leading source and market for foreclosed real estate, released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for April. According to the report, 219,258 U.S. properties in April were involved in the foreclosure process, either having received a notice of default, been scheduled for auction or been repossessed. This is a 9% decrease from March and a 34% decrease from April 2010, according to the firm. The report also shows one in every 593 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during April 2011.

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