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Southwest Florida Foreclosures - 3rd Quarter 2011 Review


Southwest Florida Foreclosures - 3rd Quarter 2011 ReviewThe downward trend in Southwest Florida foreclosures abated somewhat in the 3rd quarter. In Lee County, foreclosures rose slightly in September (0.3% over August), ranking it third in the state. The review shows that 1,378 Lee county housing units were in foreclosure (one in every 265), down from 3,823, or nearly 64% from September 2010. In Collier County, foreclosures spiked to 503 housing units (one in every 386), up 54% from 326 in August, but still down 60.3% from 1,267 units in September of last year.

For the 3rd quarter, Lee County totaled 1,453 foreclosures, down 44% from the 2,577 last year. Collier County had a total of 2,164 foreclosures, down 64% over the same time period. Overall, while the numbers rose slightly in September, they are still not too bad when you consider we've had over 100,000 foreclosures in the two county areas since January, 2006.

Foreclosure sales also continued to decline proportionately. For Lee County, 1,224 foreclosures were sold and there are only 493 currently on the market out of 7,393 total listings available for sale. In Collier, 269 foreclosures were sold and there are only 198 currently on the market out of 9,760 total listings available for sale.

About the Author

Benjamin 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 real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is 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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Home Experts Realty

We are glad to see foreclosures dropping around the country. Thanks for posting these findings.

Here in Ohio we see the same, the number of reported forclosures keeps dropping, home sales are rising, unemployment is down. This we find particularly true with Dayton and Cincinnati. Dayton previously had record foreclosed homes, but it's local real estate market is well into the healing process and now opportunities abound.

We get buyers that are selling here and moving to Florida, I will try and send some your way, cheers!

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