A new report from RealtyTrac, an online real estate data firm, shows a total of 613,874 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings - default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions - in the first half of 2014, a 19% drop from the previous six months and down 23% from the first half of 2013.

The report also shows that 0.47% of all U.S. housing units (one in 214) had at least one foreclosure filing in the first six months of the year.

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