By Diana Olick, http://www.cnbc.com/id/15837548/cid/97033 NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- Big jumps in foreclosure activity in cities like Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New York and Raleigh pushed the national numbers higher in the first three months of this year, according to a new report from RealtyTrac, an online foreclosure sales and data company. A majority of U.S. housing markets posted a quarterly increase in foreclosure activity, although the numbers are still down from a year ago. "First quarter metro foreclosure trends were a mixed bag," said Brandon Moore, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac, adding that the increase in the number of cities seeing a quarterly jump is, "an early sign that long-dormant foreclosures are coming out of hibernation in many local markets." Tracking foreclosure activity is a tricky business right now, as the system has been roiled with problems left over from the so-called "robo-signing" foreclosure paperwork scandal.
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