South Florida Bank Repossessions Fall 16% In Q2 of 2009

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Condo Vultures® LLC

Banks repossessed 16 percent fewer South Florida properties in the second quarter of this year than were seized during the same period a year ago despite an increased number of foreclosure filings in the tricounty region, according to a new report from Condo Vultures® LLC.

Lenders repossessed 5,992 properties in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties between April and June of 2009 compared to seizing 7,098 properties in the second quarter of 2008. In 2007, lenders seized 2,167 South Florida properties in the second quarter, according to the report produced using court records.

"Government intervention - whether it be foreclosure moratoriums or mortgage modification programs - is the primary reason for the decrease in the number of repossessed properties," said Peter Zalewski, a principal with the Bal Harbour, Fla.-based real estate consultancy Condo Vultures® LLC. "That being said, the number of foreclosure filings are back on the rise in the tricounty South Florida region. It is difficult to predict if the foreclosure actions will ultimately end up as Real Estate Owned by banks known as REOs or simply nonperforming mortgages."

More than 52,000 foreclosures have been initiated in South Florida in the first half of the year, putting the tricounty region on pace for more than 100,000 actions in 2009.

By comparison, lenders filed about 38,000 foreclosures actions in the first six months of 2008 and more than 75,000 actions for the year. In 2007, banks filed nearly 8,000 actions in the first half of the year and more than 32,000 for the year, according to data from the Condo Vultures® Foreclosure DatabaseTM.

Another factor contributing to the decreasing number of bank repossessions in South Florida despite the increasing number of foreclosure filings is the lengthy legal process necessary before a lender can repossess a residence.

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