The foreclosure mess is leaving a lot of homes empty across the country, putting downward pressure on prices and sales, according to new data.

We all know — or think we know — what states are in the roughest shape. But there are a few surprises.

At the top of the vacant-homes list is … Maine? Yes, Maine. Second on the list is … Vermont. Initially, it leaves you scratching your head, wondering what the heck is going on up there in northern New England. Did they go through a previously undisclosed subprime-mortgage frenzy that we didn’t hear about?

It turns out that the vast majority of vacant houses in Maine and Vermont are vacation homes. So they’re not really contributing to the housing problem in the nation, though it’s still weird to realize that about one in five homes in Maine are empty most days of the year.

File under: Don’t judge a data list by its cover

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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