Lenders now have to wait 90 days after a homeowner initially defaults before foreclosure proceedings can begin. That time period used to be only two weeks. Since the new law took effect, the foreclosure rate has substantially dropped, housing officials said.
In Prince George's County, the number of foreclosures dropped 13.8 percent from the first quarter of 2008 to the second quarter, according to the Washington Examiner. Meanwhile, Montgomery County saw a 20 percent decline.