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South Florida foreclosures down, but still among nationís highest

Of course, no one ever wants to experience a foreclosure. Not only are you losing ownership of the home you love, but your financial future will also be affected for many years to come. Although foreclosure rates across the country have been showing some positive signs, including in the Tampa area, the South Florida region is still facing more foreclosures than other areas.

When it comes to foreclosure rates in South Florida, there is good news and there is bad news. Even though rates are down, especially in January, South Florida continues to have some of the highest rates in the country. So, even though there were definite signs of improvement, Florida is still at the top of the list of foreclosures at 6.22 percent. The good news is that in January of 2013 the rates were 10.15 percent, which is a very encouraging sign.

By comparison, the overall rate in January for the entire country was at 1.97 percent after being at 2.9 percent in the same period last year. Meantime, the mortgage delinquency rate in the state of Florida dropped from 14.99 percent in January of 2013 to 10.81 percent in January of this year.

If you are having troubles keeping up with your mortgage payment and are facing the possibility of a foreclosure, then you probably need some help. In fact, you might want to meet with an experienced foreclosure attorney as soon as you can, in order to get that help. He or she can assist you as you go through the process to get back on your feet financially.

Source: Herald-Tribune, “Fewer foreclosures; still among highest,” John Hielscher, Apr. 2, 2014

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