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Jed Kolko

Jed Kolko

Chief Economist and VP of Analytics

Jed Kolko, Chief Economist and VP of Analytics, oversees Trulia's research programs. Applying a background in economic development and research methods, he transforms real estate data, economic trends, and public policy debate into digestible insights for home buyers, sellers and renters. In Jed's prior role as Associate Director and Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, he led research projects and advised policymakers and business leaders on economic, housing and technology policies. Before his work at PPIC, Jed directed Forrester Research's consumer-technology market research, advising corporate executives on technology adoption and demand. Jed has also held positions at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (now FHFA), the World Bank and the Progressive Policy Institute.

Jed earned his A.B. in social studies and his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University.

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In less than twelve months, the REO-to-Rental movement went from an interesting idea to everyone's favorite investment strategy. But the anticipated bulk sales of foreclosed properties never materialized, as REO inventory levels dropped precipitously, and discounts on these homes shrunk rapidly. Aggressive purchasing by investors in hard hit markets has led to rapid home price appreciation, and left these investors with higher-than-anticipated vacancy rates while they repair and market the...