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Mike Conte, of MFC Investments, searches through listings of possible homes to buy during the foreclosure auction at the Collier County Courthouse. Conte purchases the foreclosures then remodels and sells them. He's done about 100 homes in Naples in the past year. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Mike Conte, of MFC Investments, searches through listings of possible homes to buy during the foreclosure auction at the Collier County Courthouse. Conte purchases the foreclosures then remodels and sells them. He's done about 100 homes in Naples in the past year. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • Mike Conte, of MFC Investments, searches through listings of possible homes to buy during the foreclosure auction at the Collier County Courthouse. Conte purchases the foreclosures then remodels and sells them. He's done about 100 homes in Naples in the past year. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Drywall, plaster and personal items fill the bathtub of one of the bathrooms in a home in Valencia Lakes that Mike Conte, of MFC Investments, purchased through the Collier County foreclosure auction. The former owners ripped out plumbing from each bathroom, damaging the tile and took all fixtures and kitchen cabinets from the home. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • This home in Valencia Lakes in North Naples was purchased through a foreclosure auction by Mike Conte, of MFC Investments. The home is missing a front door and almost every fixture in the house was taken out before the former owners left. Conte plans fix the damage done and put the house back on the market. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mike Conte, of MFC Investments, searches through listings of possible homes to buy during the foreclosure auction at the Collier County Courthouse. Conte purchases the foreclosures then remodels and sells them. He's done about 100 homes in Naples in the past year. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mike Conte, of MFC Investments, walks through a home in Valencia Lakes in North Naples that he purchased through the foreclosure auction. The home is missing every fixture, kitchen cabinets and piping  from the bathrooms. Conte plans to fix the damage done and put the home back on the market.

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