Core Mortgage Risk Monitor's foreclosure index has "increased dramatically" in the second quarter, although the risk index overall is showing signs of stabilization, according to First American CoreLogic, a Sacramento, Calif.-based provider of mortgage risk assessment and fraud prevention systems.The foreclosure index posted a 10.5% quarterly increase that was attributed to rising delinquency rates in the subprime sector. "While house prices are stabilizing, we are transitioning the risks to a period of rising delinquencies and foreclosures that is going to have concentrated and contagious impact on local markets," said Mark Fleming, CoreLogic's chief economist. "Fraud and collateral risk has stabilized at a relatively high level not seen in recent years, and foreclosures are expected to continue to rise despite relatively unchanged employment conditions and stabilization of house prices." CoreLogic said the five U.S. markets currently most at risk are Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich.; Memphis; Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich.; Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa.; and Dayton, Ohio. CoreLogic can be found on the Web at http://www.corelogic.com.

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