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 With six Florida cities ranked in the top ten nationwide for foreclosure related activity, Lee and Collier County fared well when compared with the rest of the Sunshine State in January’s foreclosure report released by Realty Trac.

Nationally, Florida ranked first in the nation for foreclosure related filings during the first month of the year, with the Ocala metro area ranked number one in the nation for cities with a population of 200,000 or more. Realty-Trac tracks three types of filings: default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossesions.

Locally, there were 1,098 foreclosure related filings during January in the Ft. Myers-Cape Coral metro area, five more then the previous month and 16% more then the 945 filings one year ago. There were 243 foreclosure related filings during January in the Naples-Marco Island area, up substantially from 143 one month earlier, but down 5.4 % year over year. Ft. Myers-Cape Coral ranked 11th, and the Naples-Marco Island area 69th nationally for foreclosure activity.

Five other Florida metro areas documented foreclosure rates in the top 10: Miami at No. 2 (one in 228 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Orlando at No. 3 (one in 241 housing units); Jacksonville at No. 8 (one in 301 housing units); Tampa at No. 9 (one in 307 housing units); and Lakeland at No. 10 (one in 332 housing units).

Nationally, foreclosure filings decreased 7 percent from the previous month and 28 percent since January 2012. The report shows one in every 869 U.S. housing units with a foreclosure filing during the month.