Foreclosures hit 5-year low

WASHINGTON — Foreclosure filings fell in September to their lowest level in more than five years as a housing market rebound showed another sign of taking hold.

Substantial decreases in some states hard-hit by the collapse of the housing bubble helped reduce filings to 180,427 last month, down 7 percent from August and 16 percent from a year earlier, according to foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac.

— Staff and wire reports