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Pinellas Commission approves foreclosure registry

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In an effort to minimize the impact of foreclosed properties that may not be properly maintained, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance requiring the registration, inspection and maintenance of foreclosed homes. “It’s long overdue. Some of the houses in our neighborhoods are horrible,” Commissioner Dave Eggers said. “I’m tired of these banks not taking care of these houses and ruining neighborhoods.” The ordinance, which goes into effect Jan. 1, applies to properties in unincorporated Pinellas that…

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She’s wasn’t dead yet, but that didn’t stop a bank from trying to foreclosing on her home

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In a real life line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Tampa resident Susan Carol Fernandez literally had to proclaim to a bank that she’s not dead yet (though it’s unclear whether Fernandez has a British accent.) The 71-year old nurse at Achieve Home Care and her husband, Allen Fernandez, took out a reverse mortgage on their home in 2007. He died in 2011. Two years after the fact the mortgage company, Nationstar, foreclosed on the house. According to…

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Mosley Motel set for public Auction January 29

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St. Pete’s long battle with the long-term stay Mosley Motel may soon be over. The embattled motel at the center of numerous nuisance abatement cases in St. Pete is set to be sold at auction January 29. The motel’s owners reportedly owe HSBC Bank $6.27 million. Despite public listings for an auction, unconfirmed tips from two anonymous sources hint the property may be obtained by owners of Skyline Fifth Apartments, a tower apartment home community directly behind the Mosley. Even…

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Federal report: Florida lags in disbursing foreclosure aid

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Florida lags behind other states in using federal mortgage assistance money to help desperate homeowners facing foreclosure, and Florida has only drawn on half of the $1 billion available, according to a critical report released Tuesday. The report by the Special Inspector General for Troubled Asset Relief Program said only 22,400 homeowners have been helped by the Hardest Hit Fund in Florida, even though almost 110,000 homeowners have applied to the program. The U.S. Treasury Department had a goal of…

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Foreclosure starts spike in Florida after months of decline

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After almost a year of month-to-month declines, new foreclosure starts in Florida rose in July. The research firm Realty Trac reported last week that foreclosure starts increased 16 percent in July from the previous July. Florida had the nation’s highest foreclosure rate in July, with 1 in 408 homes having a foreclosure filing. Florida’s foreclosure rate had declined for the 10 previous months. Realty Trac spokeswoman Ginny Walker says the July jump is likely a one-month anomaly. But she says…

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City of St. Pete sues family to force foreclosure of dead mom’s home

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The City of St. Pete is suing four surviving children of a deceased homeowner in midtown St. Pete for rights to foreclose on the home owned by the late Viola Hall. According to lawsuit documents filed this month in Pinellas County Courts, the City of St. Pete issued approximately $50,000 to Hall as part of its home rehabilitation loan program on the property located at 1018 Melrose Avenue South. The city alleges Hall’s 2011 death triggered a default on the…

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Marco Rubio campaign disputes foreclosure

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Marco Rubio is facing foreclosure on a home he jointly owns in Tallahassee, according to court documents obtained by POLITICO, though his campaign insists the issue has been resolved. The lawsuit, filed by Deutsche Bank in Leon County this week, lists Rubio and U.S. House candidate David Rivera as co-owners. A Rubio campaign spokesman said the issue had been resolved after the two co-owners wrote a check for $9,524 Thursday, one day after POLITICO originally inquired about the suit. But…

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