WOODBURY - Almost a quarter of the homes sold in the U.S. last year were in foreclosure or sold at a loss.

RealtyTrac says 23 percent of all home sales last year were foreclosures, which actually represents an improvement compared to 2009, when foreclosures were 37 percent of all sales.

On Long Island, the number of foreclosure sales dropped nearly 14 percent in Nassau County in the last quarter. In Suffolk County, foreclosure sales fell 11.5 percent.