Tallahassee Foreclosures Surge In First Quarter 2009

Posted by Joe Manausa on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 10:15am.

tallahassee-lis-pendens-filed-by-quarter1We have recently updated the Tallahassee Distressed Properties page and it brings an unsurprising rise in foreclosures in Tallahassee. The lis pendens filings for 1st quarter 2009 were up 63% as compared to the 1st quarter of 2008.

In all of our distressed property reports, we rely heavily on the measurement of the lis pendens filings, so we are not counting foreclosures, rather we are counting the filings of the legal documents that are used to start a foreclosure.

While we count lis pendens filings in Leon County for all property types, we also do not distinguish between a lis pendens filed for a foreclosure versus one filed for another legal reason. This is not an oversight, rather just a generalized snapshot of the distressed property situation in Tallahassee. We get a much more accurate feel for what is happening with distressed properties than with actual foreclosure actions, because such a small amount of distressed properties actually make it to the final foreclosure sale.

Tallahassee Foreclosures On The Rise

The real estate graph above shows lis pendens filings are up significantly this year over last year. In a year over year analysis, we found that

  • January lis pendens filings in Tallahassee were up 37% over January of last year
  • February lis pendens filings in Tallahassee were up 52% over February of last year
  • March lis pendens filings in Tallahassee were up 110% over March of last year

We will be addressing the distressed property situation in greater detail in Monday's edition of the Tallahassee Real Estate Newsletter (you should subscribe to the newsletter in the quick form in the sidebar of this blog). There are a lot of alternatives than just going through foreclosure, including loan modifications and short sales. If you are "behind" on your mortgage, you should read all about both of those options.


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2 Responses to "Tallahassee Foreclosures Surge In First Quarter 2009"

Brad wrote: I wonder if the foreclosure situation will level out or if things will get worse. There seems to be many opinions on both sides.

Posted on Saturday, June 6th, 2009 at 5:00pm.

Joe Manausa wrote: Hey Brad,

I suspect the short sale and foreclosure crisis is only going to prolong current inventory oversupply. It will take a while to work through this. Hopefully, the first time home buyer tax credit will bring more buyers to the market to help consume the inventory of homes.

Posted on Saturday, June 6th, 2009 at 9:20pm.

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