According to RealtyTrac Inc., Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties fell from number one to number three in the foreclosure rankings. One in every 269 homes in the tri-county region was in some stage of foreclosure last month, RealtyTrac reports. South Florida had 9,127 total filings in April, up slightly from a year earlier, but new cases declined by 35 percent, said Daren Blomquist, a spokesman for RealtyTrac. More than 24,600 Florida homes were in the process of foreclosure last month, down slightly from a year earlier, according to RealtyTrac. Florida had the top foreclosure rate for six months in a row until being surpassed by Nevada in March.
The decline can be attributed in part to lenders getting caught up with delayed foreclosures and banks pushing through the backlog. Florida lawmakers have also passed a bill that would speed up the foreclosure process, forcing homeowners to respond more quickly to filings and giving homeowners’ associations more power in process. Opponents of the bill argue that it will strip homeowners of their rights and favors the banks, who have been accused of engaging in questionable foreclosure practices.
Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the website, www.miamibankruptcy.com.