Foreclosure filings increased 41 percent in North Carolina and 25 percent in the Raleigh-Cary area in 2010, according to year-end data from RealtyTrac, a research firm based in Irvine, Calif.
That far outpaced filings for the entire U.S., which increased 2 percent.
There were 40,151 filings in North Carolina and 2.87 million across the entire country.
North Carolina had a foreclosure filing for every 45 homes. In Raleigh-Cary the rate was one for every 82 homes.
Foreclosure filings increased 14 percent in Durham in 2010 and occurred at a rate of one every 185.
Foreclosure activity dropped in the fourth quarter, RealtyTrac said, a slowdown that was attributed to the controversy about foreclosure documentation.
Five states accounted for 51 percent of all the foreclosure filings last year: California, Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Michigan.
RealtyTrac's data includes filings in all three phases of foreclosure: Notice of Default, Auction and Real Estate Owned, or REO.
For properties that have more than one filing during the year, RealtyTrac only counts the most recent.