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Clerk & Comptroller releases July foreclosure statistics

Palm Beach County’s new foreclosures up 7 percent from previous month

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (August 14, 2014) – New foreclosures in Palm Beach County were up slightly in July, and up nearly 38 percent from the same time period the previous year, when new requirements for foreclosure cases took effect throughout Florida.

There were 533 new cases in July, a 7.2 percent increase from 497 cases filed in June and a 37.7 percent increase from 387 cases filed in July 2013, according to the latest statistics from the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County.

In 2013, the Florida Legislature passed a law that required plaintiffs to acknowledge in their foreclosure complaint that they have all the documents necessary to prove the case against the homeowner. The law took effect July 1, 2013, and had a significant impact on new foreclosure filings throughout Florida.

“After the requirements for plaintiffs in foreclosure filings became law, we saw a substantial decrease in new foreclosure cases,” Clerk Sharon Bock said. “That change in the law happened as Palm Beach County’s real estate market continued to grow stronger, and the combination helped cut new foreclosures in half.”

Mortgages/Deeds Recorded

The number of mortgages and deeds recorded in Palm Beach County increased in July. There were 6,714 deeds recorded in July, a 6.27 percent increase from 6,318 deeds recorded in June, but a 3.9 percent decrease from 6,985 deeds recorded in July 2013.

There were 3,460 mortgages recorded in July, a 14 percent increase from 3,036 mortgages recorded in June, but a 20.6 percent decrease from 4,358 mortgages recorded in July 2013.

The Clerk’s office holds all of Palm Beach County’s official records, and records all deeds and mortgages submitted for recording in Palm Beach County.

Foreclosure Sales Results

There were 795 properties sold at foreclosure auction in July, according to statistics from Grant Street Group, the facilitator of ClerkAuction®. Of those, 620 were sold back to the plaintiff – typically a bank or mortgage company – in the foreclosure proceeding, and 175 were sold to a third party.

There were 410 foreclosure sales canceled in July, out of 1,205 scheduled for sale. The cancellation rate was 34 percent, compared with 34.6 percent in June.

The Clerk & Comptroller’s office processes all foreclosure-related court documents, notices of action and motions. After a foreclosure judgment, the office conducts the foreclosure auction and issues all post-sale documents, such as the certificate of title. Information about foreclosures, updates about when certificates of title will be issued and links to auctions of Palm Beach County’s foreclosed properties are available at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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