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Real estate searches surge in California, Florida

Fort Myers, Naples metros see major gain in Web traffic
Published on Jan 27, 2009

The Los Angeles metro area topped the list of most-searched areas in the U.S. at Realtor.com in December, parent company Move Inc. announced this week. Chicago was second on the list, followed by the Riverside, Calif.; Phoenix, Detroit; Dallas; Tampa, Fla.; Philadelphia; San Diego, Calif.; and Boston metro areas. Some of those metro areas have also been hot spots for foreclosure. RealtyTrac, a foreclosure data company, reported that the Riverside metro area had the third-highest rate of foreclosure-related filings in 2008 among metro areas it tracks nationwide, while the Phoenix area was fifth on the list and Detroit placed 10th (see Inman News). Four of the top-20 most-searched metro areas at Realtor.com in December are in California and four are in Florida, Move Inc. announced -- Florida had the second-highest rate of foreclosure-related filings in 2008, according to RealtyTrac, while California was fourth. The Fort Myers, Fla., metro area had the largest year-over-yea...

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