Nationally foreclosure activity dropped to a five-year low in September.
It fell in Lee County too, but it rose in Collier County, according to a report by RealtyTrac based in Irvine, Calif. The report tracks default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions.
According to the report, Naples-Marco Island had a total of 591 foreclosure-related filings last month, up more than 57 percent from August and up 17.5 percent from a year ago.
Cape Coral-Fort Myers had a total of 972 filings, down more than 22 percent from August and down nearly 30 percent from a year ago.
Nationally, the drop in foreclosure activity in September was led by declines in California, Michigan, Georgia, Texas and Arizona.
The slowdown in September helped drop the third-quarter foreclosure numbers to the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2007 nationally.
However, activity is increasing in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, New York and New Jersey.
Foreclosure filings were reported on 531,576 U.S. properties during the quarter, down 5 percent from the second quarter and down 13 percent from the third quarter of 2011.
The report shows one in every 248 U.S. households with a foreclosure filing during the quarter