The number of homeowners receiving initial default notices in August fell 1 percent from July and 30 percent from a year earlier. RealtyTrac’s August U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, shows total foreclosure filings, including default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions, were reported on 338,836 properties, a 4 percent increase from the month before and a 5 percent drop from 2009. James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac’s chief executive officer, says the trend lines of decreasing default notices and increasing bank repossessions indicates the backlog of distressed properties is being carefully managed to avoid flooding the market and putting downward pressure on prices. More here, here, and here.