The foreclosure sale rate hit a three-year high in April, as the foreclosure process slowly returns to normal after years of delays and legal disputes.

The foreclosure sale rate, which shows the rate at which foreclosures are completed, increased 17% between March 31 and April 30, or 3% of the total foreclosure inventory in states with judicial foreclosure review, according to a monthly report from Lender Processing Services (LPS). In states with nonjudicial review, the April sale rate was 6.9%, an 11% monthly increase.

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