The number of properties facing foreclosure actions in Evanston has generally been rising over the last six months.

That’s the conclusion of a new report from Realty Trac, an Irvine, Calif.-based listing firm for distressed properties.

The data shows that new foreclosure filings in June in Evanston, at 0.17 percent of all properties, was slightly above the national average of 0.15 percent, and substantially lower than the 0.36 percent rate for Cook County or the 0.28 percent rate for Illinois.

Evanston foreclosures

In Evanston the foreclosure filing rate was lowest in the 60201 zipcode in north Evanston at 0.12 percent. The rate was .23 percent the 60202 zipcode in south Evanston, as well as in the 60203 zipcode that covers the portion of Skokie served by the Evanston post office.

Cook County foreclosures

The number of new foreclosure filings in Evanston has risen from 37 in January to 60 in June.

The Chicago area last month had the 15th highest rate of foreclosure filings among U.S. metro areas — with one filing for every 55 housing units.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Evanston’s Decline

    For a generation Evanston was one of the most desirable places in the country.  It was the reason my parents moved here.  It’s heartbreaking that the town has fallen so far.  I am frequently told by people in other towns that they would never move to Evanston. 

  2. Reason for Evanston decline

    While Evanston is not by any means at the bottom of places to live.  As you state many people do not want to move here.  Some of course for reasons of live style, but others clearly not wanting to move here for reasons of the problems. 

    The three biggest problem here over the years are taxes, crime and schools. I believe the blame for three major issues clearly falls on the elected officials for dishonest behaviors and lack of leadership.

    Evanston high taxes, clearly have stopped buyers, but also are a much larger issue in the more modest areas of town were buyers incomes are lower.

    Crime is a big problem again in certain areas were the council has refused to deal with the issue other than to cover it up.  A few years back they gave a couple of police officers an award for cleaning crime up on a block were they stated the police had to be called almost 1,000 times.

    The schools are another problem with there lack of focus on education, versus always some tangential issue such as a school in the 5th ward.

    Clearly Evanston is not the most desiralbe in the county to live, but its decline is not quite so bad no one wants to live here.

  3. Soap box logic

    What do either of these comments have to do with foreclosures? Crime rates: Not germain. Tax rates: not germain. School Systems: Not germain

    Employment figures state that we are flirting with double-dip recession.  Regulations pushed foreclosure filings off by giving amnesty to many distressed families.

    We are living in difficult socio-economic times. While I agree there are many flaws in our governmental system., please keep your posts relevent to the topic.

  4. Obvious logic

    I recognize the obvious connection between the current dismal state of our city and the increased foreclosures.  Distressed homeowners are not able to find buyers for short sales because prospective buyers don’t want Evanston’s high crime rate, obnoxious taxation, dysfunctional schools, and incompetent city government. 

    I've lived in Evanston more than 30 years.  I have told my children to buy houses in towns other than here.

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