Over 5,000 Louisiana homes were targeted for some kind of foreclosure action during the third quarter, with most of the owners either losing their homes or being scheduled for a foreclosure sale.

That's according to Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac, which tracks foreclosures nationwide.

RealtyTrac says 5,139 properties were hit by a foreclosure action ranging from an initial default notice to outright repossession by a lender. Of those, 2,293 were taken back by lenders, while 2,020 received a final sale notice.

Foreclosure actions affected one in every 382 Louisiana housing units, ranking the state 29th in the RealtyTrac count.

Foreclosure action did slow in the state — dropping just under 9 percent from the second quarter of 2010 and 2.5 percent from the third quarter a year ago.