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Look out — Tampa Bay has more zombies than many other areas

This St. Petersburg “zombie’’ house was vacant and in foreclosure for years before finally selling in April for $143,100. [Times | (2015)]
Published Aug. 14

The Tampa Bay area has a higher percentage of "zombies'' — vacant houses in foreclosure — than the nation as a whole. Pinellas leads the bay area with nearly 9 percent of its foreclosures classified as zombies, followed by Pasco at 7.2 percent, Hillsborough at 3.8 percent and Hernando at 1.9 percent. For the bay area overall, the zombie rate is almost 6 percent compared to 3.2 percent nationally, according to the real estate data tracker ATTOM Data Solutions.

"The blight of vacant, decaying properties facing foreclosure has declined dramatically across the United States — another good-news offshoot of the housing boom that's gone on for eight years," said Todd Teta, ATTOM's chief product officer. "A handful of areas still face notable problems with homes abandoned by owners after they get hit with foreclosure claims. But with the economy improving and the housing market still hot, an expanding number of neighborhoods across the country face little or no problem with these so-called zombie properties."

Contact Susan Taylor Martin at smartin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8642. Follow @susanskate.

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