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Boston Broker Sends Agents to Asia to Promote Local Real Estate By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President October 7, 2014 I was interviewing Boston-area broker Tom Truong for an article spotlighting the Boston market for RealtyTrac’s Housing News Report when he made this comment that took me a bit by surprise. Boston Foreclosures Bouncing Back By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President October 7, 2014 Foreclosure starts in the Boston metro area increased 17 percent in July compared to a year ago, the fifth consecutive month where foreclosure starts have increased annually in the region. Are Banks Smart To Haggle With The FHA? By Peter Miller, Contributor October 6, 2014 The growing battle between the FHA and the lending industry could soon impact home sales and refinancing nationwide, a contest to win both hearts and minds not to mention loan originations worth billions of dollars. The Myth of Ben Bernanke: The Man Who Can't Get A Mortgage By Peter Miller, Contributor October 6, 2014 Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, can’t get a mortgage. Best and Worst Markets for Buying Rentals in Q3 2014: Heat Map By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President October 3, 2014 We’ve created a heat map that shows visually the parts of the country where buying residential properties as rentals will still generate solid returns and which will not. Student Loan Debt Curbing Housing Market By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer September 25, 2014 The residential real estate market’s foundation is beginning to wobble. And crushing student debt is curbing the nascent real estate recovery, according to a new report by John Burn Real Estate Consulting. Institutional Investors Invade the Residential Rental Market By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer September 23, 2014 In the August 2014 issue of the Housing News Report, we took a look at how Wall Street institutional investors are impacting the real estate market. Home Construction Returns to Inland Empire By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer September 22, 2014 When the housing market imploded in 2006, it derailed housing developments nationwide, but nowhere was home building more affected by the downturn than the inland areas of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Calif. Housing Starts Plunge 14.4 Percent in August, Troubling Trajectory By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer September 22, 2014 Housing starts fell sharply in August, signaling some uncertainty in the housing market’s recovery, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development. A Return to Subprime? HUD Secretary Says Lending Too Tight By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer September 22, 2014 In his first major policy speech since joining HUD in July, housing secretary Julian Castro on Sept. 16 urged bankers to ease mortgage lending and make it easier for home buyers to qualify for a mortgage. Print Email

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