Q. Can you provide some information on foreclosure cases being filed?



A. The number of foreclosure cases filed in Franklin County is on a decline. Foreclosure filings peaked in 2009 with an all-time high of 414 filings. In 2010, the records in this office reflect that 191 foreclosures were filed in Circuit Court. In 2011, that number increased slightly to 194 cases.



According to a report just generated, there were 178 foreclosures filed in 2012, and then in calendar year 2013, our numbers continued to decrease, with 139 cases being filed.



In 2013, there were seven commercial foreclosure actions filed, as compared to 18 filed in 2012. In 2013, there were 50 homestead residential foreclosure actions filed, as compared to 65 filed in 2012.



In 2013, there were 82 non-homestead residential foreclosure actions filed, as compared to 95 filed in 2012.



According to news reports, Florida carries a quarter of the nation’s foreclosure inventory which is the biggest share of any state. When I assumed office in 2005, there were only 21 foreclosure cases filed that year, so you can imagine the impact of the workload going from such a small number of cases to the numbers we’ve filed and successfully dealt with since then.



Foreclosures have also impacted the courts and they have made great efforts to resolve the backlogged cases. In 2013, my office conducted an estimated 160 sales on foreclosed properties. Thirty sales were scheduled just during this month of January 2014. There are events occurring causing sales to be cancelled which are beyond the control of the Clerk’s office.



You can view the sales scheduled by going to my website, www.franklinclerk.com, selecting Foreclosure Sales under Quick Links, and then selecting “Click Here to View Foreclosure Sales.” There is also general information about foreclosures that can be accessed.



If you have any questions or comments about this column, please forward them to Marcia Johnson, Clerk of the Court, 33 Market Street, Suite 203, Apalachicola, FL 32320, or by email to mmjohnson@franklin.clerk.com Visit the Clerk’s website at www.franklinclerk.com.