Foreclosure activity topped 330,000 units in October, a 4% decline from September — but only because of the national robo-gate scandal, according to new figures compiled by RealtyTrac, Irvine, Calif.

The company noted that October marks the 20th consecutive month where more than 300,000 mortgagors received a foreclosure notice of some sort. Foreclosure-related filings include default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions.

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