Foreclosure Defense Florida

Foreclosure Filings In Pinellas County October 2009

Foreclosure filings in Pinellas County continue at roughly the same rate that we’ve been seeing for more than a year now, with 1147 foreclosures filed October 1, 2009- October 31, 2009.   The properties represent a cross section of neighborhoods across Pinellas County, with higher concentration of foreclosure filed in lower income areas and fewer filings in higher income areas. As expected, the majority are single family homes with a fair number of condominium sales thrown in.

Foreclosure Auction Sales Heat Up

There have been roughly 1000 foreclosure cases filed in Pinellas County for at least the last twelve months, while at the same time, the total number of foreclosure auctions during this period were 385.   This number of actual sales seems to be on a bit of an uptick, with previous months showing numbers in the 100-200 range.   Anecdotaly, I can report that there is increased attendance at the foreclosure auctions by third party bidders, who are bidding particularly on those homes selling in the under $100,000 range.   Having said that, the overwhelming majority of properties are returning to the lenders with very few third party purchasers actually winning bids.

A Build Up of Foreclosure Inventory

The large number of properties that are having foreclosures filed against them, when compared with the relatively small number of sales that are occurring along with the very small number of sales that are being transferred to third parties, indicates that lenders are accumulating a large back up inventory of foreclosure homes/properties.   When you combine this number with the large number of properties that could have foreclosure filed against them based upon their 30/60/90 day late status, you’re talking a massive number of properties that are sitting on lenders books that would have to be liquidated before any real recovery in the real estate market could take place.

Tremendous opportunities exists for real estate investors looking to take advantage in this marketplace, but bidding at the foreclosure auction is a very complicated process and requires the assistance of an experienced real estate attorney.   For more information, contact Matt Weidner at

One Comment

  • Peter Howard says:

    You know I’m looking for something close to what you got , if thats ever possible.You certainly can represent my interests if you see something.I can’t open your attachment on my computer at this time.I will try with my wife tonite ( she is better at that ) but I continue to hope somethings will present themselves in the next 6 months based on their growing inventory. peter

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