Listening to voters: Where do Florida homeowners stand?
Assessing the vote in Orange County, FL
- Duration 4:14
- Date Jun 8, 2012
Assessing the vote in Orange County, FL
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We continue to listen to voters and visit counties that count tonight my colleague Bill Hemmer is in the OC.
But not California this Orange County is in Florida.
And economically devastated area that could have a lot of say about who's president next -- -- -- -- Awful long time.
An awful long time and -- solution to come back.
The mar keys were nearly wiped out by the recession they're granted business left for dead when they were forced to start over.
There's no pretension there's no -- -- joint actors at play and we know that we've federal fish and voting -- -- -- bridges were -- revision week.
Not -- life.
A company that once employed up to forty people today has six.
And the -- keys are not alone.
Few states have been slam more by the real estate bust in the state of Florida and few counties in this state -- felt that paying more than the people of Orange County.
Five years ago this market was a boom town for middle class Americans.
But that was then the -- cans bought their home in 2003.
It's now worth about half its value.
When everything went down this spike we've been renting for less than -- for the outbound.
Currently -- me from the house.
They worry about their future and -- nine year old son Tyler we're gonna have anything very any event.
Had a house that we found are gonna have -- security -- you know.
Are we going to be work until we die basically because we can't retire.
The raiders camp say they will vote for change in November and that means Mitt Romney.
Orange County is cut in half by interstate four also known as the -- four core door.
It includes fourteen counties 40% of Florida's registered voters who live along the I four -- -- People here are known to be swing voters they tend to vote on the economy.
-- frustrated Mary Lee walker is one of those voters and independent whose husband lost his job back in January.
They haven't made a mortgage payment in two months.
-- -- -- -- -- Again that that's.
I think American dream now is putting food on the table.
Home naked and getting through it day by day he went month to month I figured out.
Everything's gonna work out.
To date Mary Lee is leaning toward President Obama -- Four years ago Orange County voters went big for Barack Obama but in the -- -- -- elections prior.
It was like the rest of America it was almost dead even at 5050 split.
Winning this time will depend on how people feel about the money in their pocket.
But there are signs of a comeback.
There's only ten mcdonalds at home builder and for his company sales -- -- since a year ago you were on rock bottom.
You're on the floor.
But now there's a little bit of a bounce off -- that floor is that accurate.
There were filled a balance in we fill each -- -- gets a little bit better that we've we've brought the rock bottom now.
Marty -- been a real estate broker for fifteen years.
She showed us one street that's still in a lot of trouble how many years do you think this will take in this county alone to get back to.
Couldn't even imagine how many of five to ten years there are twelve homes on the street.
Three year round by the banks to Wear short sales and six R&D -- give me the good news here.
Well the good news says that -- -- or making a turn and we're getting away from the distressed sales and getting more traditional sales.
And as I mentioned that investment market is really good.
Yet -- Markey who worries for his teenage son he's not fully convinced that better days are ahead.
I hope it is going to be better fan I hope -- -- after insurance what we've determined.
We live in America are more think we're gonna -- great Sunday.
He hasn't decided who will get his vote.
But -- -- candidate wants to win Florida.
Orange County might tell them an awful lot.
In Orlando Bill Hemmer Fox News.