U.S. foreclosure filings climbed to a record in the third quarter as lenders seized more properties from delinquent borrowers, according to RealtyTrac Inc.

A total of 937,840 homes received a default or auction notice or were repossessed by banks, a 23% increase from a year earlier, the default-data seller said Thursday. One out of every 136 U.S. households received a filing, the highest quarterly rate in records dating to January 2005.

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