At number 11, California finally dropped out of the top ten In March. RealtyTrac's Daren Blomquist says that's a milestone.
"This is one of the few times I've seen over the last seven years, if not maybe the first time, it's not been in the top ten."
RealtyTrac figures show the number of Nevada properties entering the first stage of the foreclosure process has almost doubled compared with a year earlier.
Nearly 2,200 homes received an initial notice of default in March…up 88% compared with the same time a year ago, marking an 18-month high.
Blomquist says Reno numbers are even worse.
He says Nevada's foreclosure prevention efforts passed in 2011 are wearing off.
"In Reno, the foreclosure starts there were up 100% year-over-year in March. Out of the last six months that was the fifth month with an increase in foreclosure starts there in Reno. So I think we probably will see a similar pattern in California down the road with a catch-up spike in foreclosure activity."
Blomquist says that's because California started its own foreclosure prevention effort - The Homeowner's Bill of Rights - earlier this year…and lenders are still adjusting to it.
Nevada's foreclosure rate ranks first in the nation.