Group protesting foreclosure bill:

ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Foreclosures appear to be picking up. The listing firm RealtyTrac says foreclosures rose from December to January, but they were down last month compared to a year earlier. And in some states the foreclosure rate has jumped over the past year up 75 percent in Massachusetts and 62 percent in New Hampshire.

A group of Florida homeowners says that legislation under consideration in Tallahassee would make it easier and faster for banks to foreclose. On Thursday, about forty of these homeowners boarded a bus in Miami which bound for Tallahassee. They made a stop in Orlando to protest the passage of HB 213, known as “The Fair Foreclosure Act” which is sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples. The bill’s proponents tout that it will reform the foreclosure process and stimulate the housing market’s recovery.

Among the passengers was Lisa Epstein, a nurse and activist who started the website – which has helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners all over the country.