Monday, October 09, 2006

27% Of Nations Defaults In Florida

The Tampa Bay Business Journal from Florida. "Florida is leading the nation in foreclosure activity, according to a report by Bargain Network. Florida has approximately 28,000 properties in some form of foreclosure, accounting for 27 percent of the nation's total. With one new foreclosure filing for every 254 households, the state's foreclosure rate was more than four times the national average."

"Foreclosure activity in the third quarter of 2006 rose by 14 percent compared to the second quarter of the year. It was 39 percent higher than the same period last year."

"Five states; Florida, California, Michigan, Texas and Colorado, accounted for an estimated 66 percent of September's foreclosure filing activity, Bargain Network said. California had the second highest total of foreclosures, followed by Texas and Colorado."

"'Florida and the western states are known for their predominance of negative amortization loans in which mortgage holders pay only interest, not equity, on their properties,' stated Tom Adams, CEO of Bargain Network."

"Industry forecasters recently estimated that more than $200 billion worth of adjustable rate mortgages will 'reset' at higher rates in 2006 and more than $1 trillion will reset in 2007, the release stated. This situation, compounded by the expected slowing of the economy and the housing market, which according the National Association of Realtors includes a growing inventory of unsold homes, may edge more homeowners into the foreclosure process."


At 5:53 PM, Blogger Chip said...

I don't know what to make of this, re the future. Property taxes are so high that the liquidation prices of these properties is a big question to me. Although I sold at the top, more by good fortune than smarts, I'm more or less locked out of my home state because of the holding costs, therefore looking to buy elsewhere in the South, hopefully where there are a minimum of Yankees.

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Loren said...

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At 11:02 AM, Blogger Loren said...

The south is ok as long as you don't mind cigarette smoke and greasy food. I lived in NC for 2 years. The locals are nice, but if you move there with young kids they will not learn to speak proper english. I don't know how many times we heard "ain't got none" "ain't gonna" "but mauuuma". I don't mind the accent, but the grammer and vocabluary outside of the cities is pathetic, and the profanity is just plain irritating. I was happy to leave.


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