Yet again, Miami ranks second in the United States for short sales and foreclosures, as statistics continue to show a decline nationwide.
Of all home sales in Miami-Dade County during March, nearly a quarter of them were distressed. Distressed sales are defined as properties sold urgently, often at a loss and to pay off debts. Homeowners with underwater mortgages can choose to sell their properties in a short sale to pay off a portion of their debt.
Miami-Dade was outranked only by Orlando, which had a 0.4-percent larger share of distressed sales. Three Florida metropolitan areas accounted for the most distressed sales, and the state itself ranked second — behind Michigan — for hurried property transactions.
Nationally, distressed sales fell 2 percent from February to March of this year. The share of total home sales across the United States was 12.1 percent. — Sean Stewart-Muniz