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Charlotte foreclosure rate drops nearly 43% in September from previous year (access required)

Charlotte’s foreclosure rate in September decreased by 42.70 percent from the same time last year, according to new data from real estate tracking company RealtyTrac. Nationally, foreclosure activity was down 27 percent year-over-year in September, but increased 2 percent from the previous month.

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More than half of Charlotte region’s foreclosed homes are owner occupied (access required)

Fifty-four percent of bank-owned homes in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord area are owner-occupied, according to a new study by the real estate information and online marketplace company RealtyTrac. In real numbers, that is more than half the 2,328 bank-owned homes.

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Housing reports depict a mixed bag for Charlotte real estate (access required)

Sales of Charlotte metro residential properties were up 4 percent from July to August and 18 percent year- over- year, according to a report by the real estate information company RealtyTrac, but the median price for non-distressed properties decreased 1 percent in the same July to August period to $168,000 from $170,000.

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Wall Street taps Main Street: Investment firms looking for return on Charlotte’s rental homes (access required)

Wall Street taps Main Street: Investment firms looking for return on Charlotte’s rental homes <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Led by the behemoth Blackstone Group, the largest alternative investment company in the world, institutional investors are buying a lot of single-family homes in Charlotte, fixing them up, renting them out and holding onto them to see if they rise in value. One of every five houses sold in May, June and July in the Charlotte market went to big investors, a higher percentage than in any other market but Atlanta.

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One-fourth of homeowners living there alone (access required)

More consumers are opting to live alone, with single buyers making up a quarter of all home purchases, according to the National Association of Realtors. In the U.S., there are 33 million one-person households, and living solo is becoming an international trend.

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Foreclosure activity down from last year, but Mecklenburg and York counties see month-over-month spike (access required)

Foreclosure activity down from last year, but Mecklenburg and York counties see month-over-month spike <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Although foreclosure activity in the Charlotte area has declined over the past year, it jumped up between July and August this year in Mecklenburg and York counties, according to a report issued by RealtyTrac.

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Millions of homeowners remain underwater on mortgages (access required)

As of Sept. 1, 10.7 million residential homeowners in the U.S. are deeply underwater on their mortgages and another 8.3 million homeowners are just about staying afloat. According to a report released on Wednesday by RealtyTrac, an Irvine, Calif.-based real estate analytics firm, the 10.7 million homeowners who are deeply underwater to begin this month – meaning they owe 25 percent or more on their mortgage than what their home is worth – is down from the 11.3 million deeply underwater homeowners reported in May.

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