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Florida Foreclosures: Is The Storm Over Yet?

Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Is the storm over? Not yet. The state foreclosure storm still rumbles on. In recent months we have seen an increase in statewide activity. RealtyTrac reported “Florida, Maryland, Delaware posted top state foreclosure rates … Florida activity decreased 9 percent from a year ago in April, but the state still posted the nation’s highest foreclosure rate for the seventh consecutive month. One in every 400 Florida housing units had a foreclosure filing during the month, nearly three times the national average.” Please read the full article at (
Like a tropical summer storm however the Florida foreclosure outburst was most pronounced in a few areas. As I read the map provided in the data it looks like DeSoto, Osceola, Orange, Clay and Hernando Counties which would include the general Orlando area in the north and center of the state as well as some eastern and north-eastern coastal areas saw the highest rates. The Collier County foreclosure rate runs better than average at 1 foreclosure for every 851 properties compared to the state average of 1 in 400 properties.  Desoto county results were the worst numbers in the data with an average of 1 in 78 properties in foreclosure.
So what? Well we need to look at inventories and the supply and demand picture to judge the impact on prices.  Bottom line, foreclosure levels here in Collier County are not a current threat to prices. Inventories of existing homes run at less than five months and new construction inventories run at one month – very supportive of increased prices. Could the banks “flood” the market with a bunch of bank owned homes, increase supply and radically change these numbers?  Maybe, it is hard to tell how many homes the banks are holding but the realty is the banks are holding on to their properties, or processing them too slowly, or they just do not have many to release – for what ever the reason they are not overwhelming the market.
Our hearts go out to those who suffered a foreclosure and lost their homes over the last few years. Sure there were some over leveraged investors who got stuck in the down turn who took risks and knew what they were getting into, but a few good and innocent folks were caught up in the downturn as well. Unfortunately foreclosures are a natural and needed way for the market to come back together. Sure prices are going up and the big market is just fine but let’s not forget all those who lost a home.
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Mark Goebel, PA is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker on 5th avenue in Naples, Florida with 35+ years of visiting and living in Naples. After 25 years at Accenture, Mark retired as a managing director and spends his time helping non profits and building a Naples real estate team with his wife Nan. Talk to Mark and Nan about life in Naples and why they chose this place to live full-time over all others and enjoy Naples real estate.
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