Published: May 17, 2010 11:40 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, FL- Code violations are down in Lee County and property values on the rise.   
Scattered trash,and high grass, may soon be a thing of the past, now that banks are gaining ownership of foreclosed homes.

Lee County Spokesperson Joan LaGuardia says, "We seem to have gone over the hump in dealing with foreclosed properties and their related code enforcement problems."

For months, LaGuardia says, vacant homes sat without maintenance, as the owners racked up code enforcement violations, waiting for the banks to take over.

Realtor Brett Ellis says, "The foreclosure process in Florida may take nine months to a year or more, so it's a very lengthy process and you know how fast grass grows in Florida."

Once banks have the title to a home, they can hire realtors, like Brett Ellis, to fix them up for sale.

Ellis says,"You know if you fix up a property you can sell it quicker and for more money and it just cleans up the neighborhood."

Lehigh acres resident Enoch Sanon recently bought a foreclosed home.

Sanon says,"They was four on that street, on underwood, all of them sold now."

Fixing up homes means fewer homes for code enforcement to patrol and helps property values.
While there are still many houses that need fixed up, but residents are happy to see more trash in these cans, than in the yards of vacant homes.