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18 Percent of Housing Markets Less Affordable Than Historically Normal Levels in Q2 2016

Up From 5 Percent of Markets in Previous Quarter, But Down From 20 Percent a Year Ago; Wages Rose Faster Than Home Prices in 55 Percent of Markets, Reversing Four-Year Trend; IRVINE, Calif. – June 23, 2016 — RealtyTrac® (,… Read More »


Housing News Report Wins National Award From Real Estate Editors

RealtyTrac’s Housing News Report won the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ (NAREE) Bronze Award for its investigative journalism into foreign home buyers and the use of limited liability corporations, or LLCs, to cloak the identity of home buyers. The… Read More »


U.S. Foreclosure Activity Down Less Than 1 Percent in May

There were a total of 100,841 properties with foreclosure filings in May, virtually unchanged from previous month and down 21 percent from a year ago — the eighth consecutive month with a year-over-year decrease, according to data released today by RealtyTrac…. Read More »


Inventory Shortage Sparks Home Price Increases, Economists Say

A five-member panel of housing economists, speaking at the annual convention of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, said an inventory shortage of available homes for sale in the United States is likely pushing prices skyward. Lawrence Yun, chief… Read More »


Down Payment Assistance Programs Save Qualifying Homebuyers More Than $17,000 on Average Over Life of Loan

Average Assistance Covers 3 Percent Down Payment in 82 Percent of 513 Markets Analyzed; Average Assistance Short of 3 Percent Down in NYC, DC, Salt Lake City, Baltimore Counties NEW ORLEANS – June 9, 2016 — RealtyTrac® (, the nation’s… Read More »


Home Flipping Increases 20 Percent in Q1 2016 to a 2-Year High

Home Flipping Rate Still 26 Percent Below Q1 2006 Peak; Average Gross Flipping Profit at a More Than 10-Year High; IRVINE, Calif. – June 2, 2016 — RealtyTrac® (, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its… Read More »


Presidential Candidates Home Disclosure Scorecard

One part of becoming president involves moving into a new home. And that new home — even if it’s the White House — comes with its own set of benefits, concerns and potential risks, all of which could impact the… Read More »


Nightmare on Main Street Part II: When Natural Disaster Strikes Home

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from the second in a two-part series investigating the impact of disasters on a housing market in RealtyTrac’s award-winning newsletter, Housing News Report. Part I investigated the impact of environmental disasters, and Part II… Read More »


Homeownership More Profitable for Single Men Than Single Women

Single Men Owners Have Gained $10,000 (16 Percent) More in Home Value Since Purchase; Housing Gender Gap Widens with More Years of Homeownership IRVINE, Calif. – May 26, 2016 — RealtyTrac® (, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data,… Read More »

undergroundtank Now Reports Hundreds of Porter Ranch-Style Underground Storage Facilities Near 4.8 Million Homes

Underground Natural Gas Storage Tanks are Located in 28 States Across the U.S. IRVINE, Calif. – May 17, 2016 — RealtyTrac® (, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, announced today that its pre-diligence website,, has identified the… Read More »

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