First-time homebuyers can get $2K per year

Little-known program gives up to $2,000 a year to people buying their first homes. By Donna Gehrke-White | Sun Sentinel “little-known state program that pays first-time homebuyers up to $2,000 a year has more than tripled its number of participants Continue reading

Florida law could help rich investors force condo owners from their homes

Susan Taylor Martin, Times Senior Correspondent |Friday, March 13, 2015   “TAMPA — For Doreen Rosselli, Carrollwood’s Grande Oasis condominium has provided a lushly landscaped refuge from the cacophony of urban life. For Silviya Gregory, a young nurse from Bulgaria, Continue reading

Tampa Bay ranks high in zombie foreclosures

Eric Snider | Tampa Bay Business Journal | “If you ever get the creepy feeling that your neighborhood resembles a set from “The Walking Dead,” maybe it’s because greater Tampa Bay ranks way up on the list of zombie foreclosures. These are Continue reading

Orlando ranks 6th nationwide for vacant foreclosed homes

Mary Shanklin | Orlando Sentinel | “More than 5,200 Orlando-area houses in foreclosure sat vacant during the second quarter, making the region one of the leading “zombie” foreclosure markets in the country, a new report shows. In Orange, Seminole, Lake Continue reading

Tenants caught in quagmire of homeowners association foreclosures

SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Tampa Bay Times | “In February, a new company in Tampa called RE-710 got a terrific deal. It paid $5,700 for a five-bedroom home valued at $311,000. The same month, RE-710 acquired control of dozens of Continue reading

Report Highlights Five Percent Monthly Decrease in Foreclosure Filings

National Mortgage Professional Magazine | “RealtyTrac released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for May 2014, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 109,824 U.S. properties in May, a five percent decrease from Continue reading