For more real estate news, please visit: DQNews.com. Also check out BankingMyWay to compare mortgage rates. La Jolla, CA.----The number of foreclosure proceedings started against California homeowners fell slightly in the April-through-June period compared with the prior three months, but remained higher than last year. The dip from earlier this year occurred as lenders and their loan servicers took time to revise procedures and priorities in an environment of continuing home price depreciation, economic distress and mortgage defaults, a real estate information service reported. Lenders sent out a total of 124,562 default notices during the second quarter (April through June). That was down 8.0% from the prior quarter's record 135,431 default notices, and up 2.4% from 121,673 in second quarter 2008, according to MDA DataQuick. The San Diego firm tracks real estate trends nationally via public property records. "There is a perception that the housing market is dragging along bottom, that it probably won't get much worse, and that the lenders need to get serious about processing the backlog of delinquencies, either with work-outs or foreclosure. We're hearing that some lenders and servicers are doing just that, hiring more people to do the necessary paperwork. That means the foreclosure numbers will probably shoot back up during the third quarter," said John Walsh, DataQuick president. The median origination month for last quarter's defaulted loans was July 2006, the same as during the first quarter. A year ago the median origination month was April 2006, so the foreclosure process has moved three months forward during the past 12 months.