Florida led the nation in foreclosures completed in August

The Miami HeraldOctober 10, 2013 

Even as Florida's housing market is showing solid recovery with impressive gains in prices and sales volume, the state led the nation in foreclosures completed in the year ended in August; no other state was even close, according to CoreLogic.

Of the 658,463 foreclosures completed nationwide during the 12-month period, 111,000 of them, or nearly 17 percent, were in Florida, according to the Irvine, Calif.-based data firm.

Another real estate data company, RealtyTrac, also released data Wednesday showing that Manatee County had 950 home in some stage of foreclosure in the third quarter of 2013, meaning about one out of every 181 homes in Manatee were in foreclosure. That stands as a 3.15 percent increase from the same quarter in 2012 and a 5.57 percent drop from the previous quarter, according to RealtyTrac.

Sarasota County had 1,309 homes in some stage of foreclosure, or one out of every 174 homes, according to RealtyTrac. That is an 18.65 percent drop from the same quarter last year and a 28.27 percent decrease from the previous quarter, according to RealtyTrac.

According to CoreLogic, in August Michigan ranked No. 2, with the completion of 60,000 foreclosures, and No. 3 California wrapped up 58,000 proceedings during the period.

The top five foreclosure states -- which included No. 4 Texas, with 43,000 foreclosures finalized, and No. 5 Georgia, where 40,000 were finished -- accounted for almost half of all foreclosures completed nationwide.

And although Florida cleaned out more foreclosures than any other state, it still has the highest inventory of foreclosures, Corelogic

said. The firm said 7.9 percent of mortgaged homes in Florida were in some stage of foreclosure in August. New Jersey ranked second among the states, with 6.2 percent of all its mortgaged residences in foreclosure. New York had 4.9 percent; Maine, 4.0 percent; and Connecticut, 3.9 percent.

Florida also had the highest rate of seriously delinquent mortgages in August with 12.4 percent of its mortgages past due for 90 days or more. That was more than twice the national delinquency rate of 5.3 percent of loans, Corelogic said.

-- Herald business reporter Charles Schelle contributed to this report.

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