The Warren Group tallied up the number of foreclosure petitions in Massachusetts in August, and the number was the highest in more than a year. Petitions rose to 2,713 — a 13.2 percent increase from the same month last year. Over all, foreclosures in 2010 are expected to surpass 2008’s record of more than 12,000.

In related news, an AP report yesterday noted that about half of those applying for mortgage help from the Obama administration’s foreclosure-prevention program have been disqualified as of August. That’s about 680,000 applicants.

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