Irvine continues to occupy an interesting space in the Orange County and national real estate markets. The Irvine real estate market is not especially unique in terms of the conditions found there, which are similar to many other parts of the Golden State, but because of a business located there. Nationwide statistics are regularly compiled regarding real estate matters by a number of organizations, including the United States government, the National Association of Realtors, and local MLS services. Irvine real estate, however, is lucky enough to be home to RealtyTrac, a nationwide service often cited in both national and local papers on property issues. This means slightly increased national visibility for an otherwise rather small but still desirable community. Irvine real estate was especially popular before the advent of the recession because of a number of factors, perhaps most notably the highly rated educational system in the region and the numerous parks in the area. There is a distinct resurgence as of late, since prices have been especially low and deals have been abundant. In the words of Realtor Ginger Bohland-Aliotta, “My investors are having a party. There are so many great deals out there and interest rates are fabulous.”Homes in Irvine have been selling for well below market value, especially in the case of so-called short sales or foreclosures.” According to the Orange County Register, there are less than four hundred foreclosures currently on the market simply because there are so many interested investors. The Irvine real estate has been somewhat challenged because of its unique composition - containing a considerable amount of commercial and industrial plots. These sectors have been reeling especially hard, even though the rest of Irvine has not been in serious trouble. The Irvine Housing Blog has also been covering an unfortunate problem in the Irvine real estate market that has been affecting renters - a number of tenants have been suddenly evicted because their landlords' properties are being foreclosed without their knowledge. The question of when this trend will be reversed depends heavily on the overall state of the local and national economy.