In Sonoma County home foreclosures fell in the first half of 2014 to the lowest level in eight years, dropping 50 percent from last year.
Property owners lost 141 homes to foreclosure during the first 6 months of this year, according to real estate information service DataQuick.
In another positive sign for the housing market, the number of county homes entering the foreclosure process has fallen to its lowest level in nine years.
The trend is most likely because homeowner distress continues to decline because of a stronger economy and rising home prices.
Foreclosures peaked in Sonoma county in 2008 when more than 2,800 property owners lost their homes. During the past seven years, more than 15,000 homeowners lost properties to foreclosures and short sales.
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