More cities are emerging from the blight of the high foreclosure rates that led into the Great Recession, but some of the gains might be threatened by looser regulation, a national real estate analyst said.

ATTOM Data Solutions, a Los Angeles-based real estate data company, reported Thursday that 234,508 foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were made in the first quarter of 2017, down 11% from the previous quarter and down 19% from a year ago to the lowest level since the third quarter of 2006. This year’s first-quarter foreclosure activity was 16% below the pre-recession average.

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