In February, the Fort Myers-Cape Coral metropolitan area had the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, according to Realty-Trac. It slipped to No. 5 in March. The number of homes sold fell from 955 in March 2006 to 445 in February, while the median sales price fell to $211,500, from a high of $286,500 in May 2006.
As prices have fallen back to earth, owners have increasingly found themselves owing more than their properties are worth, and are walking away from them, helping to create a backlog of more than 19,000 unsold homes — about six times as many as two years ago.