In this Aug. 10, 2015 photo, Debbie Cooley-Guy sits in the living room of her new home in New Port Richey, Fla. Seven years after the real estate bust, many of those who lost their homes, including Cooley-Guy, have rebuilt their credit and are back in the market. Experts say these boomerang buyers will be hugely influential in the real estate market in the coming year. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

In this Aug. 10, 2015 photo, Debbie Cooley-Guy sits in the living room of her new home in New Port Richey, Fla. Seven years after the real estate bust, many of those who lost their homes, including Cooley-Guy, have rebuilt their credit and are back ... in the market. Experts say these boomerang buyers will be hugely influential in the real estate market in the coming year. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (The Associated Press)

Once humbled in the real estate market, boomerang buyers poised to return with a roar

Home Mortgage Associated Press

Seven years after the real estate bust in the U.S., many people who lost their homes have rebuilt their credit and are jumping back into the market.

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Called "boomerang buyers," experts say this group will be an important part of the real estate market in the coming years.

About 700,000 of the 7.3 million homeowners who went through foreclosures or short sales during the bust have the potential to get a mortgage again this year.

A Realty Trac report earlier this year predicts Phoenix and Miami will see the most boomerang buyers. The Tampa area is in the top 10 cities. In some markets, such as Las Vegas, as many as quarter of homes could be bought by boomerang buyers.