Foreclosures, default notices hit 10-year high
Sluggish sales, rising adjustable mortgages blamed for 802% increase from previous year in homes lost

Homes lost to foreclosures in California shot up to 11,033 in the first quarter, an 81.5 percent climb from 6,078 in the previous quarter, according to DataQuick Information Systems. Foreclosures rocketed 802.1 percent from 1,223 in the first quarter last year but remained below the 1996 peak of 15,418.

Statewide, lenders sent 46,760 notices of default to homeowners in the first quarter. That marked a 23.1 percent jump from the previous quarter and a 148 percent jump from a year ago in the same period. Notices of default mark the first stage in the foreclosure process.