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How Real Estate Agents Can Leverage the Shifting Distressed Housing Market By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President July 19, 2013 Presentation given at the Charfen Institute's Breakthrough conference in Phoenix in July 2013, showing the latest trends in foreclosures, short sales, vacant foreclosures, and real estate investor activity. Top 15 Markets for Profitable Home Flipping By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President July 18, 2013 RealtyTrac has ranked the top 15 markets for property flipping based on increase in the number of flips compared to a year ago and the average percent return on home flips. Top 15 Retirement Hot Spots for Real Estate Investing By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President July 2, 2013 RealtyTrac released a new report Thursday morning on real estate investing in cities that are retirement hot spots — where at least one-third of the population is retirement age or older. Infographic: The Incredible 203k Renovation Loan By RealtyTrac Staff June 27, 2013 Buyers and homeowners looking to include renovation costs in a purchase or refinance loan can do so with as little as 3.5 percent down for up to 110 percent of the property's after-repair value. Underwater Borrowers Beware: Mortgage Interest Rates are Rising By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer June 20, 2013 Mortgage interest rates are rising. For the sixth consecutive week, interest rates have ticked upward, according to Freddie Mac. Video Analysis: Bank Repossessions Jump 11 Percent, Foreclosure Starts Up 4 Percent in May By Joel Cone, Staff Writer June 18, 2013 U.S. bank repossessions jumped 11 percent from the previous month in May, the first monthly increase since November 2012, while foreclosure starts increased 4 percent from the previous month. The Real Reason Mortgage Rates Are Rising By Peter Miller, Contributor June 14, 2013 For the past year both home prices and real estate sales have been rising but now we've hit a bump that could change the entire marketplace: Mortgage rates are soaring. The ‘Inventory Shortage’ Myth By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer June 12, 2013 When it comes to housing data something just doesn’t add up. Drones Move from the War Zone to the Real Estate Front By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer June 11, 2013 Small, remote-controlled drone helicopters with high-definition still and motion picture cameras could soon become the latest must-have photo accessory for real estate brokers who want aerial photography for their listings. Detroit Leads Nation in Available Fixer Properties By Joel Cone, Staff Writer June 10, 2013 ABC 7 Action News reports Detroit topped RealtyTrac's list of 15 cities where fixer-upper properties still offer bargain deals for investors. Print Email

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