CAPE CORAL, Fla.- New numbers from the U.S. Census show that Florida has the highest number of vacant homes in the nation.
According to the U.S. Census, 32 percent of homes in Collier County and 30 percent of homes in Lee County are sitting empty. However, a local real estate agent says the statistics are from last year, and no longer represent the current market.
Ed Zoller, an agent with Villa Reality in Cape Coral, says there aren't as many vacant homes in the Cape as there were last year.
"The inventory is very low right now, and I think it has to do with maybe the banks shutting off the facets temporarily for whatever reason... but we have very low foreclosures," Zoller said.
Zoller also said that the market is currently flooded with buyers.
Arthur Baron is from New York and recently bought a second home in Cape Coral.
"I wanted to have the traditional Florida home with a pool and this is a perfect setup for that," Baron said.