Rising gasoline prices are making a bad situation even worse, particularly in the area of Homestead, FL., where many residents drive some 30 miles to work in Miami. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports Homestead having one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation for the past two years. So while the foreclosure problem is starting to subside in many cities, the problem in places like Homestead could grow.
Data prepared for The Wall Street Journal by CoreLogic Inc. showed that in two Zip Codes in the Homestead area, 33032 and 33033, more than 44% of all mortgages were three months or more delinquent as of November. Those were the highest rates in the country. The communities in the two Zip Codes are filled with modest, middle-class homes, many built from 2004 to 2006. Some of those homes are now empty after the owners left or were evicted. Some of those still around are considering leaving. Of Homestead’s 21,300 mortgages, nearly 9,000 are severely delinquent, with 6,100 homes in a state of foreclosure and more than 900 owned by the bank and likely empty, CoreLogic said.
This trend is causing many families to reconsider the total cost of living far away from urban centers, not just the cost of the home.
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