Sunday, January 03, 2010

Tourists in Foreclosureville

by Calculated Risk on 1/03/2010 09:16:00 AM

From Peter Goodman at the NY Times: Real Estate in Cape Coral, Fla., Is Far From a Recovery (ht Craig)

As we navigate this speculator’s paradise turned financial wasteland, Mr. Joseph stands at the front of the bus in a green polo shirt, highlighting specimens like this one: a white stucco house fronted by palm trees and topped by a Spanish tile roof on a canal emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. It last sold in 2005 for $850,000. Yours today for $273,000.
Goodman takes us along on a foreclosure tour and provides a few anecdotes about the MESS.