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Foreclosure Rates Keep Dropping on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 5:29pm.

Short Sales and ForeclosuresSouthwest Florida Real Estate is still hot and heavy and inventory is dropping every day. If you're thinking about selling, it's an opportune time, as many properties receive multiple offers and prices are only rising.

In an update on the area's foreclosure and delinquency rates, the latest monthly stats are from July and the Cape Coral-Fort Myers foreclosure rates fell from 9.3% to 6.3%. The Naples-Marco market shifted downward from July 2012 rate of 8.4% to 5.4%. Those loans that are considered earnestly delinquent (more than 90 days) experienced a dip also. In The Cape and Fort Myers, delinquency dropped to 10.5% - a decrease of 4.2% and Naples-Marco was down 4.2% to 8.7%. Higher than hoped, for delinquent loans, but not high enough to expect a lot of short sales or foreclosures to hit the market as yet. Foreclosure takes 18-24 months in SW Florida; and, although the courts are trying to get the time lapsed lowered, Florida requires judicial review to effect foreclosure. Which is the paramount reason why the state leads the nation in foreclosures still on the books.

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About the Author

Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

Contact Benjamin Dona at 239-948-3955



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