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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

So-called “Zombie” homes continue to be a problem in Michigan cities.

Attom Data Solutions is out with its annual report on vacant or abandoned residential properties.

Michigan has one of the highest percentages of “zombie” homes, with Flint and Detroit both in the top four nationally for cities with high vacancy rates.

But Attom’s Daren Blomquist says the number of “zombie” homes has dropped significantly since the Great Recession.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

 Homes sales in Michigan is becoming a seller’s market.

After languishing for years, Michigan’s real estate market is apparently turning in favor of home sellers.

Darin Blomquist is with Attom Data Solutions, which tracks the real estate market.  Blomquist says home sale prices are improving in Michigan, including in parts of the state you wouldn’t expect.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

The house flipping market appears to be cooling off in metro Detroit.  But it is heating up in other parts of Michigan.

Home flipping is where someone buys a home, fixes it up and sells it again quickly for a profit.  Hopefully. 

Michigan is not one of the hotter flipping markets.  But Daren Blomquist, with real estate tracking company Attom, says it’s getting warmer.

“We still saw nearly 1500 properties being flipped in the state during the quarter and that’s the ninth highest of any state nationwide,” says Blomquist.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

A spike in foreclosure filings in Michigan is raising eyebrows.

Michigan saw a 38% spike in home foreclosure filings in October over the previous month.

It’s the sharpest month-to-month jump since the foreclosure crisis of the Great Recession.

Daren Blomquist is with Attom Data Solutions. He says it’s too soon to suggest a new foreclosure crisis is brewing.

“We’re actually still below that pre-recession, pre-crisis level in Michigan, even with this jump in October,” says Blomquist.