According to the foreclosure tracking firm RealtyTrac, foreclosure filings in New Hampshire fell again in December, marking the third straight month of decreases. Statewide, 405 houses received a foreclosure filing, compared to 578 in November and 739 in October. There are currently 3703 foreclosure properties in the state.

The December filing data translates into 1 in every 1,518 houses receiving a notice statewide. In comparison, the national average for the month was 1 in 810. At 405, last month saw the fewest filings of any month in 2012.

Of the homes receiving a notice, 178 went to auction with 227 being repossessed by the lender.

December also saw a drop in foreclosure home sales with 150 being sold, a low for the year. However, the low number is not because of weakness in the market, but normal seasonal trends.