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TitleFAQ: U.S. - Are RealtyTrac foreclosures sampled?
AuthorKarl Zandi

Are the RealtyTrac number of foreclosures by stage based on a sample survey?


No.  The RealtyTrac foreclosure database (activity and inventory) is populated by a universe count, not a sample survey. 

All data come from public records collected daily by aggregators.  The collection areas are fixed, so even if the identity of the aggregator changes, there is no impact on the integrity and comparability of the numbers.  Aggregators collect data for an entire county, and a covered county is always 100% covered.

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