March 13, 2016 |
Seven Philadelphia-area "hipster" zip codes - five in the city, and Ardmore and Upper Darby - are among the top 30 nationally for profitable home flipping, says RealtyTrac, the Irvine, Calif., foreclosure search engine. RealtyTrac analyzed single-family homes and condos flipped (sold twice within a 12-month period) in 2015 in more than 15,000 zip codes nationwide and identified the top 30 so-called "hipster" zip codes for flipping. Flips in most of these local zip codes account for relatively few of the total home sales in 2015 - 3.3 percent in Upper Darby to 12.9 percent in 19146, comprising Southwest Center City and Point Breeze.
May 21, 2016 |
The number of U.S. houses left vacant because of foreclosure was down at the start of the second quarter compared with the same period last year. But New Jersey's share of these "zombies" continues to be tops in the nation, real estate information provider RealtyTrac said Thursday. Zombie homes are defined as houses that mortgage borrowers vacated for which the foreclosure process was never completed. In the United States overall, just 19,187, or 4.7 percent, of residential properties in the foreclosure process were zombies as of May, according to the Irvine, Calif., company, which monitors foreclosures nationwide.
March 26, 2016 |
Houses in the Philadelphia region generally remain affordable for buyers, foreclosure search engine RealtyTrac reported Thursday. In fact, just 43 of 456 U.S. counties analyzed by RealtyTrac exceeded their normal historic affordability levels in the first quarter of 2016. In the same three months of 2015, 10 counties of the 456 exceeded normal affordability levels, the report said. A decade ago, at the peak of the housing bubble in second quarter 2006, 454 of the 456 counties analyzed were less affordable than their historic norms.
February 11, 2010
Foreclosure filings in January fell almost 10 percent nationally from December, but were still 15 percent higher than January 2009, RealtyTrac of Irvine, Calif., reported today. Nevada, Arizona, California and Florida remained the top foreclosure states; Pennsylvania was 34th of 50, while New Jersey was 16th. "January foreclosure numbers are exhibiting a pattern very similar to a year ago: a double-digit percentage jump in December foreclosure activity followed by a 10 percent drop in January," said James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac's chief executive officer.
July 7, 2014 |
Residential real estate has its own version of the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead. Call it Zombie Foreclosures . RealtyTrac, a search engine that collects real estate data nationwide, defines the phenomenon this way: "properties that have started the foreclosure process but have never been foreclosed and the homeowner has vacated. " One in five U.S. homes in foreclosure, or 141,406, are zombies, it says. Andrew Frank, of Long & Foster Real Estate in Blue Bell, said he's been told many zombies rose from the "robo-signing" era of 2008 through 2010, when some mortgage servicers failed to read foreclosure documents before submitting them to courts or other agencies for action.
August 26, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Foreclosures made up roughly one-third of all home sales this spring. While that's a smaller share of sales from the previous quarter, it's six times the percentage of foreclosures in a healthy housing market. Foreclosure sales, which include homes purchased after they received a notice of default or that were repossessed by lenders, accounted for 31 percent of the market in the April-June quarter, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said yesterday. The share of the market would likely have been larger this spring if not for a state and federal investigation into faulty paperwork by banks and servicers.
March 12, 2009 |
Foreclosure filings in February rose 6 percent nationally from January and were 30 percent above February 2008, RealtyTrac Inc. reported today. Pennsylvania saw an increase in filings of 73.9 percent from February 2008, but RealtyTrac spokesman Daren Blomquist attributed the increase to better data collection in counties in central and Western Pennsylvania in March and April. Pennsylvania's total filings, 4,192, kept it in 31st place among the 50 states, or one foreclosure for every 1,307 properties.
September 13, 2008 |
The number of foreclosure filings nationally increased 27 percent in August, compared with a year earlier, but the rise was much lower than in recent months, the Irvine, Calif., company RealtyTrac reported yesterday. One in 416 U.S. households, or 303,879 properties, received notices or were foreclosed on last month, the firm reported, a 12 percent increase from July. A 40.9 percent monthly boost in filings, primarily in northern and central New Jersey, pushed the state into 11th place among those with the highest foreclosure rates for the month, with one filing in 536 households - above the national average - said Rick Sharga, RealtyTrac's chief economist.
July 28, 2014 |
I thought I would weigh in one more time on "zombie" houses, subject of an article I wrote for the July 6 Inquirer's news pages. According to RealtyTrac, the real estate search engine, in the Philadelphia region there are 6,101 of these so-called zombies - houses on which the foreclosure process was begun but never completed, yet they were vacated by the homeowners early on. RealtyTrac defines the region as the city; the four suburban Pennsylvania...
October 13, 2014 |
The lull in foreclosures nationwide has given real estate search engine RealtyTrac an opportunity to crunch its data in several other, somewhat unusual ways. A recent example, prepared by RealtyTrac subsidiary Homefacts, ranked U.S. counties "based on the prevalence of man-made environmental hazards. " Which was interesting, of course, because Philadelphia's aggregate score placed it near the top of the hazard list of more than 3,100 counties. Each county's score was based on five environmental hazards: bad air-quality days, the number of Superfund sites, the number of brownfield sites, polluters, and former drug labs per square mile.