by Kim Miller |
“The number of foreclosed homes that have been abandoned by their owners is by far the highest in Florida with 55,503 properties sitting empty and in some stage of a bank takeover.
That’s 33 percent of the national total with Illinois coming second with 17,672 vacant and foreclosed homes.
In a recent report from the Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac, the firm also found that Florida accounted for 85 of the top 100 Zip codes in terms of total owner-vacated foreclosures, led by Zip code 34668 in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.
South Florida, including Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties had the second highest number of vacant foreclosures of major metropolitan areas nationwide with 13,901.”