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Southwest Florida Real Estate - Foreclosure Filings Continue

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Sunday, March 7th, 2010 at 6:21pm.

Southwest Florida Foreclosure FilingsForeclosure filings continue to impact the Southwest Florida real estate market in January and February in both Lee and Collier counties. For Lee County, there were 1,395 new filings in February, up from the 1,318 in January. In Collier County, there were 565 new filings in February, up from 457 in January.

While both counties' filing numbers were down on a year over year basis, foreclosure sales are still having a major impact on the overall market. In Lee County, 42% of January's solds were a foreclosure; in Collier County, foreclosures accounted for 23% of the month's closed sales.

The numbers are quite a change from the last year as far as filings are concerned and while two month's data does not make a trend, it is hopefully a good sign of things to come. Naturally, no one can predict for certain what will happen as we move forward from here. Many forecasters still predict it will be doom and gloom. However, with a little luck, things will slowly continue to improve. As with all things in this current real estate market, only time will tell the tale.

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2 Responses to "Southwest Florida Real Estate - Foreclosure Filings Continue"

Lisa In Providence wrote:
42% of homes sold being foreclosure is so sad to hear. That's a lot of people still losing their homes, and it just breaks my heart to hear those numbers. I hope this year proves to be brighter for your area.

Posted on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at 3:52pm.

Benjamin wrote:
It used to bother me too, Lisa. But after two plus years of having to deal with being very close to the top in terms of foreclosures, you start to become immune to it. Basically, you'd go crazy if you didn't.

I just try and look at it from the standpoint of being someone else's good fortune.

Posted on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at 4:07pm.

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