Next time someone says they want to “help” those facing foreclosures, they should stipulate it’s really only going to be “temporary help” that delays the day of reckoning, as the latest foreclosure numbers in Massachusetts show beyond doubt. From WBUR:

New numbers show a big jump in foreclosure activity in Massachusetts, our Newscast unit reports this morning.

The firm RealtyTrac Inc. says foreclosure activity was up 26 percent in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2011.

That significant percentage jump is, in large part, due to delays in processing foreclosures in early 2011, according to Daren Blomquist, a firm vice president.

“So it’s kind of the unintended consequence of this intervention in the foreclosure process to try to prevent foreclosures is unfortunately resulting in now these increases that we’re seeing this year,” Blomquist told Newscast.

The best thing we could have done was to simply get the foreclosure mess over with as soon as possible. But we didn’t. So the housing crisis will be needlessly dragged out longer. Isn’t that great?

File under: Unintended Consequences, indeed

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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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