Florida has been put to the spotlight by its increasing number of foreclosures. The state is reported to be receiving more federal money for managing foreclosure properties than any other US state.
The Sunshine state is said to have an abundance of trash, uncut grass and broken fences—definite characteristics of abandoned and foreclosed homes. The said situation does not only play a negative impact on the aesthetic appeal of the state. The low assessment value that the foreclosed properties have been putting in also affected its economy.
But Florida still has a reason to smile. The office of the Housing and Urban Development has placed Florida under its Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Plans to give the state an amount of more than $140 million are well on its way. As of press time, member cities across the US are working to straighten out plans of spending the money for maximum use.
Initial steps to identify foreclosed homes are part of the rehabilitation plans. Properties that can still stand tests of time are planned to be repaired and granted as repossessed houses to qualified first-home buyers.
One of the individuals who work with the redevelopment of South Florida cities, Marty Larsen, said that the program could have long term positive effects. The rehabilitation will focus on removing abandoned foreclosures and restoring neighborhoods. Such steps, according to Larsen, will provide local municipalities with lots of benefits.
Sighting the condition of a number of the foreclosed units, Larsen said that parts of the federal money that Florida will receive is planned to be use to hire workers that would fix houses and the state of the environment in the area. Some of the foreclosed units in Florida have serious conditions like disgusting water systems.
Although the receipt of the federal money cannot promise to completely solve the problem of foreclosure properties, residents of the state are still positive about the program. Communities are expected to receive the fund by mid January of the next year.
Leticia Carvalho has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.