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This episode reviews last week’s inauguration of President Joe Biden, examining which housing issues the new administration has already taken action on.

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RealtyTrac: Zombie foreclosures increase in half of U.S. metros

Top 10 zombie foreclosure rates in major markets

While homeowner-vacated zombie foreclosures are improving across the country, they still remain, and are getting worse, in some top-foreclosure states like New Jersey and New York.

According to RealtyTrac’s latest zombie foreclosure report, homeowner-vacated zombie foreclosures nationwide are down 10% from a year ago to 127,021 as of the end of the second quarter. This is down 11% from the previous quarter and down 10% from second quarter 2014.

Zombie foreclosures represented about one in five of the 527,047 U.S. properties in foreclosure. Also, one in every 1,040 U.S. housing units is an owner-vacated zombie foreclosure.

Here comes the not-so-positive half. Zombie foreclosure are still up from a year ago in half of U.S. metros, increasing in 91 of the 183 metropolitan statistical areas analyzed in the report.

Top markets where zombie foreclosures increased from a year ago include: New York (up 38%), Los Angeles (up 39%), Houston (up 38%), Philadelphia (up 19%) and Boston (up 14%).

On the other side, major markets where the number of zombies decreased from a year ago included Chicago (down 28%), Dallas (down 27%), Miami (down 46%), Atlanta (down 33%), and Phoenix (down 14%).

For a more visually appealing view of the data, check out the infographic below.

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Source: RealtyTrac

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