According to The Miami Herald, “Florida claimed first place in the nation in foreclosure activity in January – eclipsing much larger California, according to data in RealtyTrac.”  – The Miami Herald, Thursday, February 14, 2013. short_sales

The Realty Trac report shows:

The Florida foreclosure rate ranked highest among the states for the fifth  month in a row. One in every 300 Florida housing units had a foreclosure filing  in January — more than twice the national average. A  total of 29,800 Florida properties had a foreclosure filing during the month, up  12 percent from the previous month and up 20 percent from January  2012.

With one in every 344 housing units with a foreclosure filing in January,  Nevada posted the nation’s second highest foreclosure rate for the fourth consecutive month. Overall  Nevada foreclosure activity decreased 43 percent from a year ago, but  foreclosure starts (NODs) increased 19 percent from the previous month and were  up 87 percent from January 2012 to a 16-month high.

A 32 percent month-over-month jump in scheduled foreclosure auctions helped the Illinois foreclosure rate  rise to third highest among the states in January. One in every 375 Illinois  housing units had a foreclosure filing during the month.

Read more:  Great Foreclosure News, Except for Florida and California — RealtyTrac – 24/7 Wall St.

The burning question is… will this affect our incredible recovery here in South Florida? Will prices take a hit once the  thousands of expected foreclosures are filed in the coming months?  Only time will tell.  Obviously, by placing more distressed homes into the market, inventory of homes will go up, and values are destined to decline. But, short sales and distressed property sales rely on BPO’s , or market appraisals.  Market appraisals take into consideration what is selling, what has sold, distressed or not.  So, while this may be bad news for the investors looking to pick up some more distressed properties, it is good news for sellers of non-distressed properties.

“My prediction…values will take a small dive, but our upward climb will continue and we will once again be at 2004 and 2005 values, in a short time”.  – Jacqueline A. Salcines. Esq.

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