Florida Keys Foreclosure, Short Sale and REO Properties

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At the bottom of this page there is a list of 65 Upper Florida Keys foreclosures and short sales that were listed in the local MLS as of Tuesday, October 28th, 2014. Click on the picture or MLS# for a link to additional nformationand more pictures of the listing.  Florida Keys foreclosed homes and Florida Keys short sales represent great opportunities for qualified and knowledgeable buyers to acquire real estate at below market value prices. For a view of the listings, including short sales and foreclosures, that we think are great buys, visit our Best Deals list of Researched and Recommended properties.

Buying REO (Real Estate Owned) Homes

Determining Home Values in the Florida Keys Buying from a REO (real estate owned) lender program is carries less risk to the Buyer than obtaining title by out bidding the lender on the court house steps. Typically a REO home will come without liens or tenants, and include title insurance. 

However, buying an REO home comes with some risk. Most of these foreclosed properties require work.  Often they have been left unattended for a year or longer. Furniture, appliances and in some instances cabinets and attachments have been removed. Do not buy an REO or foreclosed home without a thorough inspection.  Know the expenses you are going to incur before the property is ready to use or occupy.

Short Sales

Looking for foreclosures and short salesIn judicial foreclosure states such as Florida, lenders are required to sue the borrower and get a court order to foreclose on a property.  This is a lengthy and costly procedure that will normally take at least 180 days, and in some instances well over a year.  Because of this, there are many opportunities to buy a Florida Keys distressed property before it becomes a foreclosure.  This is known as a short sale.

A short sale means that a seller’s lender, or in some cases two lenders, have agreed to take less than the existing mortgage in settlement of the Seller's obligations. A lender will agree to this if they believe a short sale will result in a smaller financial loss then going through the Florida foreclosure process.

Happy Lady on Green Tube in the Florida KeysWith a short sale, first the seller, then the lender(s) must accept the offer. This can be a drawn out process.  And although lenders have improved their systems, it is still common to wait several months before getting a response.

There are several factors that can influence this. Is there a second note on the property?  Has the Seller already been approved for a short sale?  How cooperative and prompt is the Seller in completing the Short Sale Application.  Are there association issues?  Has a price on the property already been considered by the short sale servicing company because of a previous offer.  Be patient if you want to purchase a short sale property.  If you can wait it out, you can get a good deal.

At the bottom of this page is a list of Upper Florida Keys foreclosed homes, short sales homes and REO homes to include Key Largo and Islamorada (Tavernier, Plantation Key, Upper Matecumbe and Lower Matecumbe). You will find some of these listings on our Researched and Recommended list. Please contact us if you would like additional information.

Foreclosures and Short Sales Continue to Decline

Islamorada Florida Canal Front HomeOverall in 2013, there were approximately 718 residential homes sold in the Upper Keys as reported in the local MLS.  This was an increase of 20.7% over 2012.  However, there was a significant decrease in the number of distressed properties sold.  Of these sales, only 13.0% (93) were Lender owned (REO) properties.  An additional 8.6% (62) were Short Sales.  In 2012 28.7% of residential sales in the Upper Florida Keys were either a Lender Owned property or a Short Sale.  in 2013 these distressed sales were only 21.5% of total sales. Through the first six months of 2014, they represent 18.2% of total sales.

The Banks became much more aggressive in asking higher prices for their REO properties last year.  It appears that their strategy worked as the average sales price for an REO increased 19%.  The average sales price for a non-distressed property decreased 3.0% in 2013.  Still, there are many Buyers who closely watch the foreclosure sales market in the Florida Keys, and the good deals usually receive multiple offers within the first 7 days and sell above the listing price.  When considering making an offer on a Lender Owned property remember, if it looks like a great deal to you, it is looking like a great deal to someone else.  Be realistic about the  price you offer.  It is unusual for a Lender to accept less than 95% of their asking price, even if you are the only offer.  

Foreclosure and Short Sales Listing Data

The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange program of the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Florida Keys MLS, Inc. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Glenn Hoover Real Estate Services South Florida, LLC are identified with the name of the listing brokers office.

Foreclosures and Short Sales For Sale in Upper Florida Keys

Mariners Club Unit 810This list was updated 8:30 PM, Tuesday, October 28th, 2014.  At that time, there were 678 residential properties listed for sale in the Upper Florida Key's MLS (Key Largo and Islamorada).  Approximately 65 or 9.6% of these properties were reported by the listing agents as foreclosures or short sales. 55.3% of these distressed properties were already under contract (Pending), either waiting for final lender approval, a contingency to clear, or the closing date. (Pending Sales are indicated by a green "S" or yellow "Y" or "P" next to the picture.)  The percentage of distressed properties available for sale has decreased dramatically over the last 24 months.  We interpret this as another sign that the market is recovering. Lenders are also getting more aggressive, listing their properties higher.  The best deals are not always foreclosures and short sales. 

For a view of the listings, including short sales and foreclosures, that we think are great buys, visit our Best Deals list of Researched and Recommended properties.

If you would like to sign up to recieve the latest Florida Keys Foreclosures in your inbox each morning, complete the Daily foreclosure Email box in the right column of this page, or send a specific request from our signup pageIf you would like to us to establish a search unique to you, give us your criteria on the contact page