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The 12 hottest housing markets right now

And the biggest losers in the price growth race
Trey Garrison
RealtyTrac’s data for October breaks out the housing markets with the most price gains, the ones that are slowing, and what’s happening with short sales and foreclosures. Where does your market fit in, and what does it mean?
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Median home price in October increases to highest since Sept. 2008

RealtyTrac: High level still 19% below 2006 peak; growth slowing
Trey Garrison
Price appreciation slowed in more than half the major metro markets, but 20 of them reached a new post-recession high. Here's what that means going forward for housing.
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Flipping activity continues to decline as prime inventory dwindles

Profits still top 36% for investors
Trey Garrison
The third-quarter report from RealtyTrac on flipping shows that 26,947 single-family homes were flipped nationwide in the third quarter of 2014 — where a home is purchased and subsequently sold again within 12 months — representing 4% of all U.S. single-family home sales.
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Here are the housing markets with the best schools in America

They’re in the most and the least affordable markets
Trey Garrison
RealtyTrac sifted through the data, and compiled a list of the markets with the best schools and the most affordable homes, and the best schools with the least affordable homes.
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Rising foreclosure activity validates housing market getting worse

"It's no great secret to how we can improve the economy"
Lynn Effinger
With Election Day behind us, you can count on seeing more and more media reports about rising foreclosures. We are watching very closely to see if actions will be taken by the government to improve the job market, by removing obstacles that have greatly hindered the private sector from bursting out of the malaise of the past six years.
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RealtyTrac: Foreclosures increase for two months straight

Biggest monthly increase in 4 years
Brena Swanson
Although this is the largest month-over-month increase since U.S. foreclosure activity peaked in March 2010, the increase is not a significant surprise due to historical trends. But that doesn't mean there isn't more than just a seasonal pattern at work.
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Institutional investment in housing drops to 4-year low

Cash sales at 33.9%, institutional down to 4.3%
Trey Garrison
Institutional investors — entities that purchase at least 10 properties in a calendar year — accounted for just 4.3% of all sales of single family homes and condos in the second quarter, according to RealtyTrac’s third quarter 2014 report.
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RealtyTrac: Foreclosure sales fall to lowest level since Q1 2011

Median home prices increase for 30th consecutive month
Ben Lane
According to the report, residential properties, including single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes, sold at an estimated annual pace of 4,402,741 in September, a decrease of 1% from August 2014 and a decrease of 19% from one year ago.
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RealtyTrac: Seriously underwater homes hit 2-year low

But it’s not all positive news
Brena Swanson
“The decrease in underwater properties is promising but the estimated $1.4 trillion in negative equity means that the flood waters are not receding as quickly as they were before, corresponding to slowing home price appreciation,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.
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RealtyTrac: Foreclosure filings increase first time in 3 years

Rise in foreclosures foreshadows new industry trend
Brena Swanson
Foreclosure filings, including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions, were reported on 317,171 U.S. properties in the third quarter. According to Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac, this rise in foreclosures foreshadows a new trend.
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