When compared to the number of reclamations in July, August numbers fell 10 percent in the same eight counties.
Across the state, lenders took back 5,387 homes in August, 43 percent more than 3,767 homes reclaimed the year before. When compared to July, Georgia reclamations in August were down 4 percent, from 5,620.
Nationally, banks repossessed more than 95,300 homes in August, up 25 percent from the 76,100 reclaimed during the same period the year before. Repossessions across the country were up 3 percent in August from the previous month, from 92,858 homes.
August makes the ninth month in a row that the pace of homes lost to foreclosure has increased on an annual basis. The previous high was in May.
Banks have been stepping up repossessions to clear out their backlog of bad loans with an eye on eventually placing the foreclosed properties on the market, but they can't afford to simply dump the properties on the market.
Concerns are growing that the housing market recovery could stumble amid stubbornly high unemployment, a sluggish economy and faltering consumer confidence. U.S. home sales have collapsed since federal home buyer tax credits expired in April.
That's one reason fewer than one-third of homes repossessed by lenders are on the market, said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at RealtyTrac.
“These (properties) are going to come to market, but very slowly because nobody wants to overwhelm a soft buyer's market with too much distressed inventory for fear of what it would do for house prices,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report