Fla.’s zombie problem appears to be improving (10/8/2015)
Fla. has the second highest total number of vacant foreclosures, yet doesn’t rank in top five based on percentages. But a lot of non-distressed homes are vacant.
Fed report: Fla. lags in disbursing foreclosure aid (10/6/2015)
A Hardest Hit Fund report finds that Fla. denied more applicants and dispersed less money than other states via the federal foreclosure bailout program.
RealtyTrac: Fla.’s Aug. foreclosure starts drop 40% (9/17/2015)
Fla. isn’t the top foreclosure state anymore: It’s No. 4. While bank repossessions rose 23%, overall foreclosure activity hasn’t been this low since April 2007.
Fannie, Freddie extend their foreclosure deadlines (9/9/2015)
The mortgage giants once gave Fla. lenders 810 days to complete a foreclosure, but it will soon be 930 days. In Oregon, lenders now have an additional 480 days.
Will an uptick in REO and short sales re-emerge? (9/2/2015)
A Clear Capital report says “distressed sales continue to be a critical market indicator,” and global and stock market unease could lead to a REO increase.
Fla. foreclosures up in July after 10-month decline (8/20/2015)
RealtyTrac: The number of Fla. homes entering foreclosure rose 16%, and 8 cities ranked in the top 10 for foreclosure rates, including No. 1 Jacksonville.
4 Fla. cities tops for seriously underwater homes (7/30/2015)
RealtyTrac: 13.3% of U.S. homeowners with a mortgage in 2Q owed at least 25% more than their property’s worth – but that percentage continues to drop.
Fla. foreclosure starts lower than they were in 2006 (7/16/2015)
RealtyTrac: Crisis over? Banks continued to repossess Fla. homes in the first half of 2015, but the number of first-time foreclosure notices hit a 10-year low.
CoreLogic: 3 Fla. cities still in foreclosure crisis (7/14/2015)
In the Miami, Orlando and Tampa metro areas, almost one in four transactions is a distressed sale – but overall U.S. foreclosure numbers continue to improve.
Some states may have to return misused housing money (6/22/2015)
Many states received money from a lawsuit over toxic mortgages, but not all used it for housing needs. As a result, a court ordered Calif. to return $331M.
Fla.: Dramatic improvement in zombie foreclosures (6/11/2015)
While the state still ranks near the top of RealtyTrac’s list for empty foreclosed homes, the percent dropped 43% year-to-year in the second quarter.
Foreclosure relief scams hit with $27.7M judgment (6/1/2015)
Fla. and the CFPB announced a final judgment against Hoffman Law Group and affiliates. They were charged with scamming homeowners facing foreclosure.
Foreclosures hit 18-month high, no longer a bargain (5/21/2015)
RealtyTrac: April foreclosure numbers spiked as lenders rushed to put homes on the market. In some Fla. metros, sale prices are only 10% below market value.
81K Fla. homeowners missing out on mortgage savings (5/20/2015)
In a state-to-state comparison, Fla. had the highest number of homeowners who could benefit from a federal mortgage program (HARP) but did not do so.
TransUnion: Foreclosures at pre-recession levels (5/18/2015)
The number of homeowners late on their mortgage payment by 60 days or more dropped below 3% for the first time since 2007.
Foreclosure aid programs extended through 2016 (5/12/2015)
The federal gov’t says it will extend HAMP and HARP help for at-risk homeowners, but the new end-of-2016 deadline probably won’t be extended again.
RealtyTrac: Fewer Fla. homeowners are underwater (4/23/2015)
However, the U.S. saw its percent of underwater owners rise in the first quarter, due in part to the loss of property sold by owners who had positive equity.
Group wants to silence ‘pro-foreclosure’ calls (4/21/2015)
Housing advocacy groups have asked HUD and others to investigate media reports that Wall St. firms are promoting foreclosures instead of owner-aid programs.
RealtyTrac: Fla. again top foreclosure state (4/16/2015)
While the state foreclosure rate dropped more than 8% year-to-year in March, it jumped 28% in just one month as the number of bank repossessions increased.