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RealtyTrac brings chief economist on board

Jake Adger will lead new real estate analytics team

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Foreclosure data aggregator RealtyTrac has hired Jake Adger as its chief economist and will charge him with spearheading the company's new analytics department. Adger and the new department will conduct original economic housing research and work with RealtyTrac's database and public relations team to create new, publicly-available real estate reports and studies, RealtyTrac said. Jake Adger He will also provide other business units within RealtyTrac with analysis and research to help them develop new products and services for RealtyTrac customers. In his new role, Adger is likely to find himself mentioned in the news often, as do the chief economists from real estate powerhouses Zillow and Trulia, Stan Humphries and Jed Kolko. RealtyTrac has recently launched a brokerage network that promises to help partner members attract media exposure themselves, through reports on local housing trends that combine RealtyTrac's hard data with brokers' "local tribal knowled...