DENVER (AP) — New foreclosure auction sales were down 26 percent in Colorado during the first half of 2012 compared to the first half of 2011.

According to a report released Thursday by the Colorado Division of Housing, auction sales during the second quarter hit the lowest level reported since the division began compiling foreclosure data in 2007.

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There were nearly 3,800 foreclosure auction sales, or completed foreclosures, reported during the second quarter of 2012 and just over 8,000 during the first half of the year.

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The agency says new foreclosure filings rose slightly during the first half of the year, rising 2.8 percent from the first half of 2011.

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