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Did the HAMP Mod Program Delay the Foreclosure Crisis? By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer September 16, 2014 After the housing bubble burst in 2006, it ushered in the foreclosure crisis, with 5.5 million borrowers losing their homes to banks. Will Rents Fall? By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer September 12, 2014 The American Dream of owning a home is still alive and well today in the United States, but it is increasingly under assault by a growing number of renters. Are Realtors the Travel Agents of the 21st Century? By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer September 9, 2014 Last month, Zillow announced that it would purchase Trulia in a $3.5 billion deal that sent ripples through the residential real estate industry. Countrywide’s Mozilo Faces Possible Civil Suit Over Bad Loans By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer September 8, 2014 Mozilo, the co-founder of Calabasas, Calif.-based Countrywide Financial Corp., is facing a possible civil lawsuit over the excesses of the subprime mortgage boom, according to Bloomberg. Is the U.S. Housing Recovery Over? By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer September 8, 2014 Most real estate experts believe the housing market is recovering. But three contrarian economists are not so sure. Distressed Housing Market Outlook: 2014 and Beyond By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President September 8, 2014 As the foreclosure crisis winds down and distress in the U.S. housing market returns to more normal and predictable levels, storm clouds of risk threatening more distress continue to hang over the horizon. Three Patterns of REO Activity in the 2014 Housing Market: Which One Matches Your Market? By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President September 8, 2014 Most U.S. housing markets in 2013 fit into one of these three patterns of activity when it comes to bank repossessions (REOs). See what those patterns look like and identify which matches your local market. Real Estate And The New Normal By Peter Miller, Contributor August 18, 2014 There has been quite a fuss during the past few days as a result of the announcement by Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank Nothaft that “we are getting closer to a more normalized economy.” Why 19 Percent is the New 43 Percent for Housing Affordability By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President August 14, 2014 If you spend more than 19 percent of your monthly household income on housing you might be spending too much. Will The Zillow-Trulia Union Change Real Estate? By Peter Miller, Contributor July 30, 2014 The big news of the week concerns the impending union of two major online real estate sites, Zillow and Trulia. Print Email

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