Anyone familiar with previous posts here probably thinks that it is all "sunshine and roses" for the South Florida real estate market. There have been plenty of indications that this is true, from continually rising home prices to residential development, and even some news of bidding wars for the choicest of property. However, for those who have been buying and selling homes and other properties in the South Florida area in recent months, it can be easy to forget that there are still millions of Americans, including many in the local area, who are still having problems meeting their monthly mortgage payment.
Although residents of South Florida are probably getting used to seeing mostly positive headlines when it comes to the real estate market, it can be easy to forget that Florida residents statewide are still having a lot of problems with banks and lenders. With year after year of signs of only a tepid economic recovery, making the mortgage payment is still the hardest part of daily life for millions of Americans, including many in Florida. And, according to a recent report, January of 2013 marked the fifth month in a row in which Florida led the nation in the foreclosure rate.
A previous post here back in September discussed the positive implications for homeowners in Florida coming out of the historic $25 billion settlement that the majority of states agreed to with some of the country's largest mortgage lenders. A large portion of the funds agreed to were to go directly to helping homeowners who were facing delinquent payments and other problems associated with their mortgage plans. However, Florida lawmakers have been wrangling with the state Attorney General over about $300 million of the funds. Now, it appears the two sides have come to an agreement.
As interest in the South Florida housing markets continues to ramp up, news has come out that an investment group may be looking to make some substantial purchases in the area. According to the report, Vulcan Investment Partners LLC will purchase approximately 1,200 homes in the South Florida region - homes which were either repossessed or foreclosed on. The residential property purchases could total up to $150 million.
It has been quite a while since the historic $25 billion settlement between forty-nine states and some of America's largest banks has been a topic here. However, there are perhaps some of our South Florida readers familiar with the housing case that has reportedly helped many reduce the principal amount owed on their mortgage.
Facing foreclosure can be one of the scariest things a homeowner has to deal with. The possibility of foreclosure can sometimes be seen ahead of time, starting with delinquent payments, moving on to trying to negotiate a new mortgage plan with the banks and then, eventually, leading to a foreclosure. But, a recent report came out recently suggesting that the years of problems residents of South Florida have faced in complying with mortgage payments may be easing.
According to a recent sales report by the Miami Association of Realtors, 2011 has been characterized by contradictory trends in South Florida real estate. For example, shrinking inventory and high sales numbers -- two trends that usually result in price appreciation -- occurred alongside low prices due to the market looking ahead to another wave of foreclosures.
A foreclosure is one of the most intimidating things that a Fort Lauderdale resident can go through. Millions of Americans have gone through foreclosure since the economic downturn in 2008, and many Broward County residents continue to face foreclosure every day. Broward County residents should not approach a foreclosure with a sense of hopelessness, however, because an experienced Florida real estate attorney can help a homeowner fight a foreclosure.
Like many other states, Florida has been hit hard by the housing crisis. On a national level, homeownership in the United States, with respect to the third quarter of 2011, is at its second-lowest level in 13 years. As homeowners find it increasingly difficult to make their mortgage payments, many are forced into evictions. And for those looking to buy, tighter credit standards are shutting many of those people down in their tracks.