Foreclosure filings in North Carolina increased 7 percent in 2010 as the state continued to deal with fallout from the economic downturn and turmoil in the housing market.
There were 67,854 filings in the state over the last 12 months, according to the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts' year-end report.
In the Triangle, filings declined slightly in Johnston and Durham counties and increased 8 percent in Wake County.
There were 5,584 filings in Wake; 1,172 in Durham; and 1,271 in Johnston.
Filings mark the start of the foreclosure process. Some homeowners will work out repayment plans. Others will lose their homes.
The rise in foreclosure filings is a sign that the problem has spread well beyond subprime borrowers trapped in bad mortgages.