Foreclosures increased in February across all regions despite temporary halts by major banks and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to the latest U.S. Foreclosure Index released by 

The company, based in Sacramento, Calif., said the increase was seen primarily in the second half of the month. Completed foreclosures in February reached the highest monthly total since the foreclosure crisis began, soaring by more than 67% over January's reduced foreclosures.

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