The report shows that one in every 339 homes in the Miami metropolitan area saw foreclosure filings last month. That rate was three times the national average, which stood at one in every 1,057 homes.
Though Jacksonville, Florida, reported a slightly higher foreclosure rate (one in every 310 housing units), Miami was at the top among the nation’s 20 biggest cities. It has remained one of the nation’s leading cities for foreclosures since the market’s downturn, but the number of distressed properties in the metro area has gradually declined over the years.
“The remnants of our South Florida distressed market are seen in the strong REO numbers — double what they were last year,” Mike Pappas, CEO and president of the Keyes Company, wrote in the report. “The short sales have basically been eliminated and our long judicial system is finally clearing out the last vestiges of these REO properties.”
However, that trend was halted in July when Florida, and by association Miami, experienced an influx of new foreclosure starts.
The state saw a 16 percent increase in foreclosure starts in July, compared to the same month last year, with one in every 408 housing units having a foreclosure filing. Its increase was the fifth-highest in the nation, with Massachusetts leading by a mile — that state saw an incredible 130 percent increase in foreclosure starts year-over-year.
Overall, the nation’s foreclosure rate grew 7 percent last month to a total of 124,910 housing units with filings on them. This marks the fifth month of increases, following a trend of decreases that lasted 53 months.
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