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Report: Florida Slowly Closes Book On Record Foreclosures

Foreclosure sign. Source: WikiMedia Commons
Foreclosure sign. Source: WikiMedia Commons

A new report from real estate firm CoreLogic shows an unbroken 62-month streak of falling national foreclosure numbers, but Florida still ranks at the top of the list for completed foreclosures in 2016.

The December 2016 report shows national foreclosure rates falling overall. The numbers are nearly two percent lower than November's rates, with a nearly 40 percent year-over-year drop from December 2015.

The housing market seems poised to continue on a mostly upward trajectory – CoreLogic says the number of homeowners rated “seriously delinquent” in their payments is at its lowest level since June of 2007, well before the housing market crash of 2010.

Zeroing in on Florida shows the state's housing market improving dramatically, topping the list with a 41.1 percent year-over-year decline in foreclosure inventory.

But Florida also ranks first in the highest number of completed foreclosures in the past year.

Analysts say Florida’s rate of finished foreclosures stayed high largely because of its long foreclosure process.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.
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