Lenders took back 39 homes on Long Island last month, up from 23 in April but far from the 428 properties a year earlier, foreclosure data provider RealtyTrac reported.
May 2010 had an unusually high count because some foreclosures from previous months had been recorded late, RealtyTrac had said.
That's an example of how comparing month-to-month and year-over-year numbers can lead to a skewed picture. RealtyTrac officials and other data experts say it's better to look at quarterly trends.
The number of repossessed homes have been down since last fall, when lenders' foreclosure documentation practices became high-profile scandals.