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Don’t get caught off guard by market crashes that can take all your money down with them. And don’t miss out on markets where you can build wealth practically overnight. Real Estate News for Investors with Kathy Fettke is the premiere source for savvy real estate investors who want the edge. Stay up-to-date on new laws, regulations, and economic events that affect real estate. Topics include: market trends, economic analysis that affects housing prices, updates on the best rental markets for investing in single-family rentals or multi-unit rentals, turn-key housing standards, the fate of the highly revered 1031 exchange and other tax law affecting investors, self-directed IRA investing and 401k changes, where rents and property values are rising or falling, flipping risks, new Dodd-Frank rules regarding private lending and financing standards, areas with job losses vs job growth, areas that are overbuilt or over-supplied versus areas with low supply and high demand, and how to avoid real estate scams. We'll bring you the latest reports from organizations like the National Association of Realtors, Realty Trac, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, Rent Range, Property Radar, the Norris Group, Peter Schiff, Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Suse Orman, Bigger Pockets, Dave Ramsey and more. And we'll help you interpret the data in terms that make sense for your real estate goals, and portfolio. Grow and protect your wealth by staying on the forefront of economic data analysis, expert opinions, innovative investing strategies and profitable investment opportunities. We'll share all the top real estate news stories and the best trade secrets investors should know in 2016, so you can stay ahead of the curve and make fully informed real estate decisions. Host Kathy Fettke is Co-CEO of the Real Wealth Network, author of Retire Rich with Rentals and host of the Real Wealth Show on iTunes. She brings decades of media and real estate investing experience, offers her own viewpoints on particular topics, and taps into her network of real estate experts for real world news updates created just for investors like you. Get the real news on real estate on The Real Estate News For Investors Show!

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#655 - News Brief - New Rent Record, 2018 Migration Patterns, and the Government Shut Down

Jan 7, 2019 06:11

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... the government shutdown’s impact on real estate, a new U.S. rent record, and state-to-state migration winners and losers.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#654 - Tech Hubs of the Future

Jan 5, 2019 04:31

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Gone are the days when Silicon Valley dominated the technology field. Tech jobs are sprouting up like mushrooms in metros across the U.S., and that’s rocket fuel for those housing markets. For real estate investors, it’s not only important to know about existing tech hubs, but to keep track of IT jobs in general, and which cities will be doing all the hiring.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#653 - Pros Prep for a Possible Recession

Jan 4, 2019 05:23

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As real estate investors, we begin the new year with just a bit of trepidation. Many economists are predicting a recession in 2020, but in some asset classes, the slowdown has already begun -  and some real estate pros are responding.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#652 - Multi-Family Strategy for 2019

Jan 2, 2019 05:36

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Buying an older apartment building in need of a few upgrades could be your ticket to a pay raise. According to the National Real Estate Investor, it’s still possible to find older multi-families in areas with strong or growing rental demand that only need minor renovations to charge higher rents. One consultant told the NREI that these “value-add” investments are “still a viable investment strategy at this point in the cycle.”

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#651 - News Brief - Government Shutdown in Real Estate, Redfin's 2019 Predictions and CWTCH

Jan 1, 2019 06:06

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… why the government shutdown is bad for the housing market, Redfin’s 2019 market predictions, and a new home decor trend that encourages “cuddling.”   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#650 - Building Needed Housing vs. Wildfire Risk

Dec 29, 2018 05:48

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Los Angeles County Supervisors have said “yes” to the building of a massive new mixed-use community about 60 miles north of the metro region, despite increased concerns about wildfires in areas like this. Supervisors say they approved the development because housing is badly needed in Southern California and the developers are taking steps to reduce the risk of fire.   www.NewsForInvestors.com    

#649 - *NEW* Single Family Zoning Rule Changes Neighborhoods

Dec 27, 2018 07:18

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Minneapolis is shaking up the housing market with a new zoning law, that could set a precedent for cities across the country. The city council voted to eliminate single-family zoning and to allow duplexes and triplexes in all parts of the city. It’s a bold decision to confront the affordable-housing by creating more housing in the mid-range of affordability, or what some call the “missing middle.” It’s also meant to help diversity neighborhoods, and eliminate housing sprawl which contributes to climate change.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#648 - Newsbrief - Fed Raises Rates Again, More Cash Out Refinances and the Home Buyer Slow Down

Dec 22, 2018 06:15

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... the Fed pulls the trigger on another rate hike, a status report on the FHA, and a facial recognition hack that could compromise your security.

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#647 - iBuyers - The *New* Real Estate Wholesalers

Dec 22, 2018 04:19

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iBuyers are becoming an important source of inventory for rental giants looking for single-family homes. Foreclosures have essentially dried up since the housing recovery, and larger landlords like Invitation Homes and American Homes 4 Rent are turning to iBuyers to fill the gap.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#646 - Bargain Priced Real Estate in Spain

Dec 20, 2018 05:15

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Buying a home in Spain might not set you back for much. Real estate prices started rising in 2014 for metros like Madrid, but the economic recovery is just starting to take flight outside those big city centers, and foreign investors are a big part of that real estate activity.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#645 - Harvard’s Hidden Control Over California Farmland & Water Rights

Dec 19, 2018 06:28

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The battle over water rights is simmering in Southern California with a powerful East Coast investor. According to the Wall Street Journal (1), the Harvard University endowment has been buying large tracts of farmland, and turning them into vineyards. It’s an investment strategy that will provide short term returns from the grape harvest, and a long-term hedge, according to the Journal, against climate change -- because farmland comes with water rights.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#644 - News Brief - More Opportunity Zone Funding & Mortgage Rate Drop

Dec 18, 2018 06:35

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News Brief - More Opportunity Zone Funding & Mortgage Rate Drop   In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... another mortgage rate dip, government funding for Opportunity Zones, and eviction reprieves for the holidays.

#643 - 80% Drop in Appraisers Drives Automation

Dec 15, 2018 07:23

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Appraisers are worried about a proposal to loosen appraisal requirements for some home sales. It will cut into their business if that happens, but they say it’s not about money. They are more concerned about risks to the lending environment, if homes are not accurately assessed. Without an appraisal, home buyers may pay too much for a home, or lenders may come up short if there’s a default.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#642 - Massive Data Breach Impacts Travelers

Dec 12, 2018 06:35

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Marriott is doing damage control after the discovery of a huge data breach that began four years ago. The hackers had access to Marriott’s Starwood Reservation system and the personal information for half a billion customers. It’s a huge wake up call for all consumers to protect their identities so that hackers who get this kind of information, can’t use it.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#641 - News Brief - “Insider Trading” Rule for Real Estate? And New CA Solar Mandate

Dec 11, 2018 05:59

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have rents on the rise, a proposed ban on insider real estate deals, and a solar mandate for new homes.   www.NewsForInvestors.com    

#640 - New App “De-Masks” Landlords

Dec 7, 2018 04:19

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Landlords who like to remain anonymous may have a tough time in New York City. An app that peers behind the veil of an LLC lets tenants know “Who Owns What.” It’s part of a new effort among technology tenants in New York City to fight for housing justice, and expose bad landlords. Of course, what happens in New York, may not stay in New York.   www.NewsForInvestors.com    

#639 - Title Insurance Blockchain Revolution

Dec 5, 2018 04:54

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Getting a clear title is a crucial step in the real estate transaction process, and First American Financial is hoping to make it easIer, faster, and more secure with blockchain. The title insurance company announced the launch of a new state-of-the-art blockchain system that can be shared with other title insurance companies, and Old Republic has already signed on.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#638 - Airbnb Battle in Boston Heads to Court

Dec 5, 2018 06:26

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Boston has agreed to put parts of its new short-term rental rules on hold in response to an Airbnb lawsuit. Airbnb is suing the city over the enforcement provisions, and is asking for an injunction against all of the rules pending the outcome of the court battle. The rules are supposed to take effect on January 1st.

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#637 - News Brief - December 1, 2018

Dec 4, 2018 07:12

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... Fed Chief Jerome Powell identifies risks to the economy and suggests what appears to be a less aggressive rate hike strategy.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#636 - Real Estate Market Update - Houston, Huntsville, and Birmingham

Nov 29, 2018 04:28

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Jobs attract people, and people need real estate. That's why real estate investors should always follow where the jobs are going.  On today’s show, let’s look at the Houston, Huntsville and Birmingham job markets.   www.NewsForInvestors.com    

#635 - Job Growth in Tampa & Jacksonville, Florida

Nov 28, 2018 04:05

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Real estate values are greatly affected by population growth. Population growth follows job growth…so naturally, real estate investors should also follow the actions of major employers. On today’s show, let’s look at where some of the jobs are going.

Today… let’s take a closer look at Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida.

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#634 - Building Disaster-Proof Homes

Nov 27, 2018 06:14

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A building material that’s become popular in other parts of the world could help protect U.S. homes from the growing risk of natural disasters. It’s a system of panels made out of foam, wire, and concrete that are resistant to fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. They are also considered a green building material.   Get the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#633 - News Brief - More ARMs, Sweat Equity Down Payments, and Going Green

Nov 26, 2018 06:47

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... more buyers are opting for ARMs, the government expands “sweat equity” down payment program, and more buildings are “going green.”   www.NewsForInvestors.com    

#632 - California Realtors Revive Prop 5 for 2020 Ballot

Nov 24, 2018 04:41

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California realtors are reviving Proposition 5 just a few weeks after voters squashed it at the ballot box. It would expand the portability rule for homeowners protected by Proposition 13, but Prop 5 only got about 41% of the vote. The California Association of Realtors says it was disappointed by the results, but not discouraged. It has already filed a signature-gathering petition to get it back on the ballot in November of 2020.

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#631 - Fraud Accusation for Texas Cash Cow Founder

Nov 19, 2018 07:54

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The arrest of a Texas developer -- one that many of us in the real estate industry know -- is a big reminder to thoroughly vet any investment and any company that manages your money. Phillip Carter of Frisco is accused of taking $17.5 million dollars from investors for development projects in North Texas. Authorities say he used those funds for unrelated purposes. His wife, Shelley, and alleged accomplice, Richard Tilford, also face charges.

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#630 - News Brief - Inflation Fears & Economic Updates

Nov 19, 2018 05:27

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... a new warning about inflation, which inland markets are warming up, and what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tells his kids about success.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#629 - The Biggest Little Crypto City in Reno

Nov 16, 2018 05:54

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Northern Nevada has already gained a reputation as a growing technology hub, and now, a cryptocurrency millionaire has unveiled plans for a massive high-tech city near Reno. Jeffrey Berns announced the creation of this utopian community at a crypto conference, saying that he plans to transform a 67,000-acre parcel of land into a bustling smart city that’s built from the ground up… on blockchain technology.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#628 - Amazon Announces HQ2 & HQ3

Nov 15, 2018 06:44

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It’s now an official announcement from Amazon. The mega-retailer has chosen to split its plans for an HQ2 between two East Coast cities for a total of three headquarters. The co-winners of the lengthy selection process are New York City and Arlington, Virginia. Although it’s not bad news for either city, some critics feel the contest was a giant ruse for the sake of publicity. New York Democrats are also concerned that Amazon’s presence will not benefit the existing community.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#627 - News Brief - New Mortgage Rate Highs & More Equity Rich Homeowners

Nov 10, 2018 06:04

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... mortgage rates climb to seven-year high, more homeowners are becoming “equity rich,” and a warning about hackers and the real estate industry.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#626 - Co-Living - A Cure for High Rents

Nov 9, 2018 07:21

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Co-living is gaining ground as a legitimate housing option. New York City is giving it mainstream housing credibility with the unveiling of a pilot project called Shared NYC. It involves the creation of co-living units that rent at “below market” levels to help address the housing affordability crisis.    www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#625 - Election Results: Real Estate & California

Nov 8, 2018 05:05

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The National Association of Realtors is calling the midterm elections a big WIN for the real estate industry nationwide. The association says that REALTOR-supported candidates from coast-to-coast have won at all levels of government. California’s controversial rent control measure, Proposition 10, was also defeated.

 

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#624 - Pot Farms and Property Values

Nov 7, 2018 04:46

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If you’re worried that a nearby pot farm may hurt your property value and would like to file a lawsuit, you may not find much sympathy in court. A federal jury in Colorado ruled against a couple who sued a pot farmer for alleged harm to their property value. It was a closely-watched case that ruled in favor of the marijuana industry but it’s also the first of several similar lawsuits in other states.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#623 - Updated Guidelines for Opportunity Zone Investors

Nov 6, 2018 07:40

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New IRS guidelines for Opportunity Zones are making a great deal even better. It’s a program that provide three outstanding benefits for investors who put money into Qualified Opportunity Zones, and with the latest guidance, investors are ready to put their plans into overdrive.

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#622 - News Brief - Rising Homeownership Rate & Higher Profits

Nov 4, 2018 07:08

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... the homeownership rate rises, sellers are reporting higher profits, and a new list of best cities for job seekers.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#621 - Hurricane-Proof Shipping Container Homes

Nov 3, 2018 05:35

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Shipping container homes may be a good option for coastal communities at isk of powerful hurricanes. Victims of the recent Hurricane Michael and others have been presented with the dilemma of rebuilding in an area where disaster could strike again. Now, some people believe that converted shipping containers could provide the structural integrity needed to withstand a massive storm, along with a splash of modern architectural creativity.

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#620 - Who’s Buying and Who’s Selling?

Nov 2, 2018 05:23

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Homebuyer demographics haven’t changed considerably from 2017 to 2018, but the latest Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors does show some notable trends. Among them, that single women continue to outpace single men as homebuyers, and that first-time home buyers are dwindling in a market with rising prices and interest rates.   Get the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#619 - Amazon HQ2 Decision Coming Soon

Oct 31, 2018 07:21

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Anticipation is building among investors trying to guess where Amazon will create its second headquarters. The Seattle-based retailer has said it will announce the location of its HQ2 by the end of the year. Cities have been wooing Amazon for months, and investors are snapping up properties ahead of the announcement or preparing to do so once Amazon names the winner.   Stay on top of the latest at: www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#618 - Hurricane Michael Aftermath Attracts Investors

Oct 30, 2018 06:14

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Investors are reportedly lining up for real estate deals in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. The category 4 hurricane wiped out whole neighborhoods along the Florida Panhandle, and caused billions of dollars in damages. While the devastation may be overwhelming for those facing losses, the real estate market will likely bounce back, like it has in Houston.   Get the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#617 - A Peek at Migration Patterns

Oct 30, 2018 04:20

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U.S. homebuyers are on the move. According to Redfin’s latest “migration report,” there’s a big increase in the number of people migrating inland, away from expensive coastal cities. It shows that 25% of the people using Redfin were searching for new non-coastal metros during the third quarter of 2018. That’s up from 22% last year.

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#616 - News Brief - GDP Down, Rates and Rents Up

Oct 27, 2018 06:32

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... single-family rents grow again, a new credit scoring method on steroids, and the latest top ten list for best retirement cities.

We begin with economic news from this past week.

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#615 - Prop 10 Battle at the Ballot Box

Oct 24, 2018 06:19

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It’s called Proposition 10 and it’s a hot potato among those for and against rent control. It would give local governments the green light for rent control on virtually every kind of property by overturning the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Act. But, two recent polls show support for the measure is trailing by a good 10%.   www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#614 - Reinventing the Web

Oct 24, 2018 05:57

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This is a story for anyone who’s worried about identity theft or how their personal information is used on the internet, and it involves the man who invented the web in the first place, Tim Berners-Lee, or more accurately, “Sir” Tim Berners-Lee. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. Within the past few weeks, Sir Berners-Lee threw back the curtain on a project to “take back the web” from corporations and hackers, and interest is reportedly “surging.”   Get the whole story at: www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#613 - News Brief - Home Starts, Permits and Existing Homes Sales Down

Oct 22, 2018 08:48

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we’ve got a lot of housing data,  and lots of questions as to what it all means.   www.NewsForInvestors.com    

#612 - Tenants Fight Back with Rent Strikes

Oct 19, 2018 05:05

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Tenants in some of the nation’s tightest housing markets are taking some big risks in their fight against high rents. They are banding together and withholding their rent checks in an attempt to pressure landlords to negotiate their rates. It’s an uncomfortable situation for both sides as landlords weigh their options and tenants face possible eviction.

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#611 - Opportunity Zone Floodgates Ready to Open

Oct 17, 2018 06:56

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Investors are poised to pour billions of dollars into Opportunity Zones across the country. The government program is part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to generate investor interest in targeted, mostly lower-income communities. In return, investors who use capital gains to fund the investment will get a huge tax break. It’s similar to a 1031 exchange, but much better in some ways.   Get the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com  

#610 - News Brief - 5% Mortgage Rates, New Economic Forecasts and Panic Rooms

Oct 15, 2018 08:52

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a 17-year high for mortgage rates, a new economic growth forecast, and a new “panic rooms” for billionaires.

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#609 - Retail Revolution with Amazon Pop Up Stores

Oct 12, 2018 04:50

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Amazon and Good Housekeeping magazine are taking the pop-up store concept to a whole new level. They launched a 28-hundred square foot shop at the Mall of America called GL Lab that combines the in-store experience with the convenience of online sales and door-to-door delivery. Forbes reviewer, Chris Walton, says the experience took his breath away.

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#608 - Is NAFTA 2018 Good or Bad for Real Estate?

Oct 11, 2018 05:15

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The new trade deal won’t go into effect for another year or so, but when it does, it could bolster demand for commercial real estate. Although there are plenty of critics, a few big names in U.S. real estate are giving it a “thumbs up.” So, where’s the good and the bad in this new trade deal? 

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#607 - News Brief - Unemployment Dips Again, Wages Increase, But For-Sale Listings Surge

Oct 8, 2018 08:47

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... unemployment dips to a 48-year-low, signs that for-sale listings will surge, and a coast-to-coast realtor-sponsored pet adoption event.

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#606 - Competition Heats Up for On-Line Wholesalers

Oct 6, 2018 04:15

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There’s yet another player in the rapidly expanding field of direct home buying, but in this case, the real estate agent will play a leading role. Realogy Holdings recently announced that Coldwell Banker real estate agents will be front and center in its new “cash offer” program. Although it’s taking a “toe in the water” approach, there are reports that its gearing up for a potentially large expansion.

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#605 - Warren's Affordable Housing Plan

Oct 4, 2018 05:55

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is confronting the housing affordability crisis with a massive piece of legislation that won’t go far in a Republican-controlled Congress. The $470-billion-dollar bill is funded by a huge increase in the so-called “death tax”, making it more of a “wishlist” for any near-term goals. But the bill could gain traction if Democrats score more Congressional seats in the midterm elections.

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#604 - News Brief - More Rate Hikes, Rust Belt Renaissance and a Facebook Cyber Attack

Oct 2, 2018 08:42

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have another rate hike, a Rust Belt renaissance, and a Facebook cyber-attack.

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#603 - Amazon CEO Spends $2 Billion to Help the Homeless

Sep 28, 2018 06:05

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The richest man in the world has launched a new foundation to help the homeless. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Twitter that he and his wife, MacKenzie, are funding the new Bezos Day One Fund with a $2-billion-dollar donation. The money will be used for two initiatives -- one to help homeless charities and the second to create a high-quality network of pre-schools in low-income neighborhoods.

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#602 - Nevada Housing Markets Are BOOMING!

Sep 27, 2018 05:26

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It’s been ten years since the housing collapse knocked the legs off the Nevada housing market, but it has come roaring back to life. That’s great news for investors in the Reno Metro and Carson City markets.

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#601 - China Trade War Hits Housing

Sep 26, 2018 05:54

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The trade war standoff with China continues. President Trump announced tariffs on another $200 billion worth of goods earlier this week. China then responded with $60 billion in new tariffs on U.S. goods. That’s a clear advantage for the U.S. but both countries are juggling their strengths and weaknesses in this international tug of war. Among those taking a hit here in the U.S., are home builders.

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#600 - News Brief - Big Housing Starts, Rate Hike Predictions and Free Credit Lock

Sep 25, 2018 08:07

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... a big surprise for housing starts, a new warning about rate hikes and recession, and a new, easy way to protect your credit – for free.

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#599 - *NEW* Smart Tech Allows Seniors to "Age in Place"

Sep 21, 2018 06:52

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Smart home technology is becoming a “must have” for seniors. Many of today’s aging Baby Boomers want to age in place, and these high tech home gadgets are making it much easier to do so. Whether they aren’t living alone in their family home or living in a condo as part of a senior community, this technology will make it easier to manage their senior living situation.

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#598 - The Cost of Hurricane Florence

Sep 20, 2018 05:48

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The devastation from hurricane Florence continues in the Carolinas. Torrential rains have stopped but rivers are still rising. Some are cresting. Many areas are still under threat of floods. At least 32 people died because of Florence, and damage estimates are between 17 and 22 billion dollars. Storms are getting more intense from climate change. The big question now is how to shield our coasts from future storms like this one.

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#597 - A "Death-Defying" Home for Sale in New York

Sep 19, 2018 04:31

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A home that’s supposed to help you live longer went on the market recently on Long Island for two-and-a-half million dollars. The husband and wife team who designed it say the colorfully painted and oddly structured home will stimulate your immune system and add years to your life. Although it’s supposed to be good for your health, you may not find it’s the most attractive home on the block.

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#596 - News Brief - 10 Years Since Lehman Brothers Collapsed

Sep 18, 2018 07:01

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a big economic milestone, an investor love-fest in Detroit, and how much “home” you can buy for a dollar.

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#595 - Mortgage Help for "Gig" Workers

Sep 13, 2018 04:51

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Self-employed home buyers may soon find it’s much easier to get a home loan. A bipartisan pair of Senators introduced legislation that will give lenders more options for verifying a person’s income. If it gets through Congress and is approved by the President, it could conceivably help as many as 42 million Americans who don’t earn a standard weekly paycheck.

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#594 - Vertical Farming Gaining Ground

Sep 12, 2018 06:14

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You might not think of Las Vegas as a farming community, but it’s now home to one of the largest “modern” farming operations in the U.S. A startup called Oasis Biotech turned a vacant industrial property into a $30 million vertical-farming facility as a way to provide fresh locally-grown produce to the city’s many upscale restaurants.

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#593 - Uber All Over Real Estate

Sep 11, 2018 04:59

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Uber is throwing back the curtain on its plan to disrupt the real estate industry, although it’s not clear yet how completely disruptive it will be. The ride-sharing company issued a press release saying it will provide an Uber-like on-demand experience for buyers and sellers and reduce transaction costs by as much as 50%.

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#592 - News Brief - Capital Gains Change, Trade Deficits and the Starbucks Effect

Sep 10, 2018 07:03

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… a potential capital gains tax break, the Starbucks effect quantified, and the new normal for lot sizes.

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#591 - Wildfire Liability - *NEW* Legislation in California

Sep 7, 2018 05:32

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California lawmakers approved a bill that helps victims of last year’s devastating wildfires, and helps PG&E avoid financial disaster. Critics are calling it a PG&E bailout because of the October 8th wind-driven wildfires in Northern California. But, without the bill, PG&E could fall into bankruptcy and leave uninsured fire victims without any recourse for compensation. This legislation makes all of our utilities along with their ratepayers ultimately responsible for the cost of wildfires, but passes more of the cost onto the utilities if state officials determine they are to blame for the fires.

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#590 - Land Grab in South Africa

Sep 7, 2018 07:57

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South Africa is moving ahead with a plan to seize land from white farmers without paying them for the land. The South African president claims it is not a land grab and denies that it’s an assault on the private ownership of property. But the announcement has fired up debate over land ownership and property rights in South Africa along with the impact that land seizures could have on the economy.  And it’s certainly something to pay attention to here in the U.S., as private property rights have become blurred as well.

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#589 - California Joins Battle Against FCC's Net Neutrality

Sep 5, 2018 05:40

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California is fighting back against a decision by the FCC to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. That rollback ended government oversight of internet service providers and regulations that forced them to provide open and fair access to everyone. And while many states are suing the FCC over this repeal, many are also creating rules of their own, including California.

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#588 - How “Free” is Your State?

Sep 4, 2018 07:41

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America -- The land of the free and the home of the brave. But, freedom may have different definitions to different people. What if you want the freedom to be able to grab someone’s wallet because you need money and they have enough, but that someone wants the freedom to walk safely down the street? 

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#587 - News Brief - SFR Buyer's Market in 2020, While Retail Strengthens?

Sep 2, 2018 07:47

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... experts predict when we’ll see a buyer’s market, home buyer activity in the wake of wildfires, and proof that the retail apocalypse doesn’t exist.

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#586 - Facebook Sued For Housing Discrimination

Aug 31, 2018 05:24

Description:

Facebook is removing thousands of ad targeting options to prevent housing discrimination. HUD filed a discrimination lawsuit against the social media giant because of the way advertisers choose their audience. The Department of Housing and Urban Developed says that Facebook has been violating the Fair Housing Act because housing ads were directed toward certain people, and hidden from other.

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#585 - Detroit Hoarding Vacant Homes

Aug 31, 2018 04:33

Description:

A program designed to clean up blight in Detroit is also keeping a lot of potentially great homes off the market. Detroit created a “land bank” many years ago, to deal with vast numbers of foreclosed and vacant homes. The Land Bank is selling them off, but according to Bridge News, the city isn’t selling them fast enough and is now the owner of a massive number of properties.

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#584 - Trending: High-End Concrete Homes

Aug 29, 2018 05:59

Description:

Concrete is becoming popular as a material for high-end homes that are stylish and easy to maintain. It’s no longer relegated to the basement as foundation material. You’ll see it sparkling with mica dust and imprinted designs on floors, or jutting artistically from a corner for a majestic countertop or stairwell landing. It can be used to create sculptural features in bathrooms, and energy efficient walls that are also less likely to sustain damage during a disaster.

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#583 - News Brief - Increased Foreclosure Activity, Slowdown in Home Sales and Airbnb Legal Battle in NYC

Aug 28, 2018 09:58

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a major bull-market milestone, increased foreclosure activity, and a new AirBnb legal battle.

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#582 - Home Price Reductions Raise Recession Fears

Aug 25, 2018 06:19

Description:

Home prices appear to be coming down a bit from their lofty heights. Zillow released a report showing that price cuts are becoming more common, especially for higher-priced homes in the hotter markets. Are we shifting from a sizzling seller’s market into something more friendly for buyers?

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#581 - NEW Rental Laws Choke Landlords in Portland and Seattle

Aug 24, 2018 06:08

Description:

Portland landlords are gearing up for a fight over legislation that would limit their use of an applicant’s criminal history. And that’s not all. City officials also want to reduce income and security deposit requirements. Landlord advocate Ron Garcia of the Rental Housing Alliance is calling it “activism run amok.”

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#580 - Prop 13 Heads to the Ballot

Aug 21, 2018 05:03

Description:

California voters could be in for a battle over Proposition 13, but not for another couple of years. A coalition of groups recently submitted more than enough signatures to qualify the measure, but they had previously decided to delay the vote until the November 2020 election. The measure would split the property tax law in half, leaving residential protections as they are now, but eliminating them for commercial properties.

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#580 - News Brief - Metros with Highest Population Growth, Another Big Detroit Investment, and the New Retirement Age

Aug 20, 2018 08:19

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have population growth predictions, a big investment in Detroit by Ford, and a reality check on the “new retirement age.”

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#578 - Ben Carson: Grants for *NEW* Multifamily Housing

Aug 17, 2018 04:28

Description:

HUD Chief Ben Carson is proposing a major shift to the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, as a way to tackle the affordable housing crisis. He’s hoping to steer the focus away from the integration of low income housing in wealthier neighborhoods, and replace it with incentives for less restrictive zoning. That’s raising eyebrows in some circles, but Carson said in a Wall Street Journal interview that his strategy will promote “mixed-income multifamily dwellings all over the place.”

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#577 - Defining the New Pass-Through Tax Rules

Aug 17, 2018 05:31

Description:

Small businesses waiting anxiously for details on the new pass-through tax deduction are finally getting some answers from the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service released a 184-page document on proposed regulations that include income limits, qualified business categories, and strategies that won’t be allowed to “game” the system.

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#576 - Seattle Enrolls Tech Giants to Solve Housing Crisis

Aug 15, 2018 05:28

Description:

Seattle is enlisting the help of big tech companies to help solve the city’s affordable housing crisis. It’s a big switch from a previous plan that would’ve penalized companies for “creating jobs”, expanding the local economy, and of course, driving up home prices. But instead of a controversial “head tax” on new employees, tech company representatives will put their collective heads together to help the city come up with solutions.

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#575 - EB5 Visa Program Could End

Aug 14, 2018 06:08

Description:

A visa program for wealthy foreign investors is at risk of expiring next month, and some U.S. developers are worried about the impact on projects that need those dollars. Critics say the program has been abused by big money interests and needs either a major overhaul or to be scrapped altogether. So far, President Trump has not weighed in. 

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#574 - Newsbrief - $1M Metros, Saving $250K, and Pet Power

Aug 13, 2018 07:39

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have the latest on million dollar metros, a great way to save money without budgeting, and the power of the “paw” when it comes to buying a home.

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#573 - *NEW* Low Loan Option for Multifamily Properties from Freddie Mac

Aug 10, 2018 06:04

Description:

Today, I have some warm and fuzzy news from the mortgage world. Freddie Mac announced a new low financing option for multi-family landlords to help keep rental housing affordable. Borrowers can save money on loans from a wholesale lender who’s not requiring escrow accounts. And something called “comfort letters” are becoming popular as a way for borrowers to clarify their creditworthiness to underwriters.

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#572 - Pension Problems Nationwide

Aug 10, 2018 06:42

Description:

If you are relying on a pension to fund your retirement, you may be headed for a downgrade. There’s a new study that shows the deficit for public pension funds took another giant leap higher. Researchers say the gap is now $1.4 trillion dollars, and it’s growing. They say government intervention is needed to eliminate the shortfall but there’s no “one size fits all” solution, and most options are also painful.

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#571 - California Wildfires Affect Home Values

Aug 7, 2018 05:39

Description:

Wildfires are chasing thousands of Californians out of their homes. The deadly Carr Fire in the Redding area is the worst with six people killed, more than a thousand homes destroyed, and 125,000 acres burned. It’s a sad situation for those who’ve lost lives and homes, and will have a big impact on the housing market -- both positive and negative.

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#570 - News Brief - $1B for Land in LA, Accidental Landlords and Increased Inventory of Higher Priced Homes

Aug 6, 2018 06:56

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… there’s a housing inventory overload in some markets, a $1 billion price tag for a piece of undeveloped land, and a new “accidental investment” strategy for move-up buyers.

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#569 - Renting vs. Buying

Aug 3, 2018 04:51

Description:

It’s cheaper to rent than to buy in San Francisco because of those stratospheric home prices. That’s not to say that San Francisco rentals are “cheap,” but Trulia’s latest Rent vs. Buy report shows that you’ll save more money if you rent your place San Francisco. It also provides a look at the difference between renting and buying in 98 other metros.

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#568 - Chinese Investors Selling U.S. Real Estate

Aug 1, 2018 06:37

Description:

For the first time since the housing crash, Chinese investors have sold much more U.S. real estate than they’ve bought. It’s a divestment that began last year, but continued at a rapid pace this year. According to the Wall Street Journal and Real Capital Analytics, they sold $1.29 billion worth of commercial real estate in the second quarter and only bought $126.2 million.

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#567 - Aging-Boomers Could Increase Housing Inventory in 10-20 Years

Jul 31, 2018 07:00

Description:

We could be on the verge of a major reversal in our tight housing supply. Two new studies show that aging Baby Boomers could flood the market with homes in the coming years as they downsize or pass away. The studies warn that a sudden glut of homes could trigger a dramatic pull-back in home prices. But not all experts agree with this analysis.

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#566 - News Brief - 4.1% GDP, Delayed Credit Score Update, and U.S. Home Sales Slow

Jul 30, 2018 07:50

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... the government delays a long-awaited credit scoring upgrade, foreign investors are taking a break, and condos selling for $5,000 a square foot.

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#565 - Gen Xers Rebound

Jul 27, 2018 04:23

Description:

Gen Xers were hit the hardest during the housing collapse, but they are now the only generation to fully recover what they lost. A new study shows that Generation X households had more to lose because they had most of their wealth wrapped up in their homes. But since then, they’ve come roaring back with a current net worth that’s about $20,000 more than it was in 2007.

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#564 - Should Kids Be Involved in Home-Buying Decisions?

Jul 26, 2018 05:14

Description:

More and more parents are getting input from their children when they buy homes. A new survey also shows what features kids typically want in a new home. But experts are warning parents to be careful about how they engage their children in real estate decisions, or the benefits could backfire.

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#563 - Three “Golden” States, Three Golden Housing Markets

Jul 25, 2018 07:20

Description:

What would California’s three new housing markets look like if voters choose to split the state into three new states? The Proposition 9 voter initiative was headed to the November ballot, but while this podcast was being written, it was pulled from the ballot by the state Supreme Court. The court did not “kill” the measure however. It only postponed a debate on the issue for a future election. In the meantime, real estate data company ATTOM Solutions is providing us with an analysis on what the three new housing markets would look like.

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#562 - The Low Inflation Mystery (Solved by the Amazon Effect)

Jul 25, 2018 07:43

Description:

We haven’t seen the kind of inflation you might expect from this bull-run economy. As the Federal Reserve hikes short-term interest rates to keep inflation under control, consumer prices have remained on the low side. They have finally risen above the Fed’s 2% sweet spot, but there’s a new debate brewing on the accuracy of our inflation readings because of the so-called “Amazon Effect.”

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#561 - News Brief - Lawsuit Against the IRS, Millennial Regrets and Treasure Trove of Diamonds Found!

Jul 24, 2018 07:54

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have mortgage rates that predict elections, a tax reform lawsuit against the Federal government, and a subterranean treasure trove of diamonds.

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#560 - Millennials Lagging in Homeownership & Financial Education

Jul 20, 2018 06:51

Description:

As the largest generation in American history, Millennials are a huge part of our future economy. But unlike their predecessors, Millennials are either opting out of homeownership or running into major roadblocks. According to an Urban Institute report, this phenomenon is a big risk to the American Dream and is something that needs to be addressed.

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#559 - Fixing the Flawed Credit Bureaus

Jul 19, 2018 05:37

Description:

We may soon have more control over our credit reports, if legislation passes in the Senate to “fix” our credit reporting system. Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana and Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii are co-authoring the bill to make it easier for consumers to access their credit records, for free, and to easily correct any errors.

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#558 - San Francisco Bay Area = New World Power?

Jul 18, 2018 06:57

Description:

The Bay Area economy is so big, it ranks 19th in a list of the world’s top 25 national economies. A new report from the Bay Area Economic Institute says it is growing at twice the rate of the U.S. economy, and is bigger than banking powerhouse Switzerland and oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

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#557 - News Brief - HedgeFunds Buy More Single Family Rentals, U.S. Rents Rise, and Florida Sizzles

Jul 18, 2018 07:37

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… a big-time bet for SFR demand, an all-time high for U.S. rents, and a major milestone for the sizzling Florida economy.

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#556 - Negative Online Review Can Result in Defamation Lawsuit

Jul 13, 2018 06:00

Description:

Consumers can wield a mighty stick when it comes to online reviews, and the California Supreme Court just decided an important case in support of that stick along with free speech rights on the web. The justices ruled that Yelp cannot be forced to remove negative posts. It’s a heads-up to anyone providing a service, including those in the real estate business, to be mindful of what people can say about you on the internet -- because once those reviews are up there, they are difficult to take down.

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#555 - Foreign Investors Still Love the U.S. Residential Market

Jul 13, 2018 05:54

Description:

Foreign investors have not lost their love for U.S. real estate. A new report from the National Association of Realtors shows that almost 20% of all U.S. realtors closed a deal with an international client last year. A third of them say they’ve noticed a big increase in clients from other countries over the past five years.

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#554 - Android Phones & Yahoo Emails = Higher Default Rate?

Jul 10, 2018 06:44

Description:

If you have an Android phone or a Yahoo email address, there’s new research that shows you are more likely to default on a loan. It’s a study out of Germany on how a person’s digital footprint can predict the likelihood of default, and includes a lot of information you may not think is publicly available or relevant to your financial situation. But, researchers claim their study could have wide-ranging implications for lenders who may want more than just a credit score.

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#553 - News Brief - Hottest Housing Markets, Short Term Rental Boom and the Millennial's Missed Opportunity

Jul 8, 2018 06:04

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a hot housing market transition, a missed opportunity for millennials, and a new short-term rental boom.

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#552 - Economic Well-Being of Households 2017

Jul 7, 2018 07:51

Description:

U.S. consumers appear to be doing better financially than they were five years ago. A 2017 survey by the Federal Reserve found that 74% of adults feel they are living comfortably or “doing okay.” The report says: “Self-reported financial preparedness has improved substantially over the past five years.” But, there are still a large number of people who are “not” prepared for a even minor emergency.

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#551 - Dying Golf Courses Offer Opportunity

Jul 5, 2018 08:18

Description:

Times are changing. It used to be that high end gold course communities were in demand. But in recent years, the number of regular golfers has declined, and some golf experts go so far as to say the sport is “dying.” That may be a stretch at this point, but if the decline continues, we could see vast amounts of golf course acreage open up for other purposes. In fact, it’s already happening in some areas.

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#550 - State of the Nation’s Housing Report, by Harvard Researchers

Jul 3, 2018 08:07

Description:

Every year for the past 30 years, researchers at Harvard University have put together a comprehensive report on the housing market. On this 30th anniversary of the report, researchers say that housing challenges persist, and in some ways are worse than they were in the 1980s.

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#549 - News Brief - 6-Figures Now Low Income?

Jul 3, 2018 07:43

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... housing inventory hits a new low, six-figure pay checks that qualify for affordable housing, and the end of a popular marketing tool for realtors.

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#548 - Hurricanes GOOD for Home Values?

Jun 29, 2018 05:38

Description:

Hurricanes may seem like bad news for investors and property values, but the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas did a study that shows the opposite it true -- that investors will benefit from a hurricane if one strikes along U.S coast. There’s also more good news about the 2018 hurricane season. Forecasters are saying it won’t be as bad as they initially expected.

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#547 - Earthquake Warnings for Californians

Jun 27, 2018 05:09

Description:

When you live in California you must also accept the risk of earthquakes. But many Californians who live near fault lines feel relatively safe, due to building requirements and seismic upgrades. What may come as a surprise, however, is that more than three dozen prominent San Francisco high rises along with tall buildings in other California cities, are vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake.

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#546 - New Proposal to Privatize Fannie & Freddie

Jun 27, 2018 06:58

Description:

The Trump administration unveiled a far-reaching proposal to reorganize the federal government that could have a big impact on the housing industry. In addition to several major structural changes, the proposal calls for the privatization of Fannie and Freddie and the transfer of housing assistance programs to another agency.

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#545 - News Brief - June 25, 2018

Jun 26, 2018 08:01

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… the high cost of construction fees, markets with the most investment homes, and NAR’s answer to unethical behavior among Realtors.

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#544 - New Health Insurance Options for Realtors

Jun 23, 2018 05:24

Description:

The federal government signed off on a new law that will make it easier and cheaper for real estate professionals and other self-employed individuals to get health insurance. It also takes another bite out of Obamacare by eliminating some of the requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

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#543 - CRE Real Estate Outlook 2018-2019

Jun 22, 2018 07:29

Description:

Timing the real estate market is tricky business. There are many factors that can have an impact on your portfolio. Thankfully, the Counselors of Real Estate or CRE have come up with a big picture view of concerns. They do it every year, and this time, they’ve divided their top 10 list into issues impacting us now, and those that are just beginning to affect us.

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#542 - RE TECH Update: Big $ to Opendoor, FlyHomes, Touch-Screen Walls

Jun 19, 2018 06:54

Description:

House flipping startup Opendoor just raised $325 million from investors to expand its operation to 50 U.S. markets. Real estate start-up FlyHomes is hoping to level the playing field for homebuyers competing against all-cash offers. And, a special paint and a few other common materials can turn a normal wall into a “smart wall.”

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#541 - News Brief - Another Fed Rate Hike, Affordable Beach Towns and Underwater Homes

Jun 19, 2018 07:35

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... the Fed’s plan for rate hikes, affordable beach towns, and a pizza company that wants to fix potholes.

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#540 - Adult Coloring Books Help Sell Homes

Jun 15, 2018 03:49

Description:

It’s not just for kids. Coloring books have become a big hit among adults, and now some real estate agents and developers are using them to sell homes. In at least one case, these coloring books are also raising money for a good cause.

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#539 - Operation Wire Wire Arrests

Jun 15, 2018 05:50

Description:

More than 70 alleged email scammers are under arrest after an international operation to stop wire transfer theft. The arrests come after a six-month FBI investigation called “Operation Wire Wire” that involved several other agencies along with local law enforcement officials and foreign governments. Hackers targeted individuals and businesses, including seniors and real estate agencies.

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#538 - 19 States Suffer New Lows in Affordability (Driving up Rental Demand)

Jun 14, 2018 06:00

Description:

Rising home prices could bring home affordability to an all-time low in another few years. A new study shows that home prices are rising faster than wages, and that seven states are now less affordable than they have been in the past. If this pace keeps up, home affordability will sink to its lowest level in 2023. 

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#537 - Under 50? Don't Count on Social Security & Medicare

Jun 13, 2018 07:21

Description:

We’ve heard warnings that Social Security and Medicare are running out of money, but a new report shows that it’s happening faster than we expected. For the first time since 1982, the federal government will have to dip into its reserves, this year, to cover benefits. According to last year’s update, that wasn’t supposed to happen for at least another couple of years.

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#536 - News Brief - Trade Gap Shrinks, $10K to Move, and New Real Estate Sales Record

Jun 11, 2018 07:14

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... the U.S. trade gap shrinks… the state that’s paying remote workers $10,000 to move there… and the amazing home sales record that put a real estate agent in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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#535 - "HyperLooping" Florida Metros Could Speed Up Property Values

Jun 8, 2018 06:47

Description:

Florida may be fast-forwarding into the future with not one, but “two” hyperloop transit systems. In addition to plans for an Orlando to Miami route, the sunshine state may also get one that runs from Orlando to Tampa. Florida is already a hot real estate market. These transit systems could make it even hotter.

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#534 - FBI Urging Us to Reset Routers ASAP

Jun 7, 2018 03:28

Description:

It isn’t every day that the FBI tells people across the country to reset their internet routers, but that’s exactly what the intelligence agency is asking people to do. The agency wants you to reboot your router ASAP to prevent a Russian malware from infecting your devices, stealing your information, and potentially launching a massive international cyber attack.

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#533 - Shrinking Middle Class Impact on Housing

Jun 7, 2018 05:32

Description:

We’ve heard a lot about the lack of entry level homes, and how developers can’t build them cheap enough to meet the skyrocketing demand. But there’s another side to that coin. The U.S. middle class is shrinking leaving fewer people who can afford to buy homes with a few bells and whistles, and larger numbers of people at the lower and higher ends of the income and housing affordability spectrum.

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#532 - FRAUD: Orange County and Fresno Investor Scam

Jun 5, 2018 09:08

Description:

Real estate is big business, and so is real estate fraud. A Fresno area man was just sentenced to 13 years in prison for duping investors out of $24 million. And, a former police officer from Missouri could get as much as 20 years for a $3.4 million investment scheme in Orange County. It’s easy to wire your money into a deal, but not so easy to get it back if you are scammed. You should never invest without doing your homework ahead of time.

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#531 - News Brief - Fastest Growing U.S Cities, Trump's Construction Boom, with No Workers

Jun 4, 2018 08:30

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... the nation’s fastest growing cities, a potential construction boom with no workers, and the sacrifices people would make for the downpayment on a new home.

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#530 - Big Rig Warning For Investors?

Jun 1, 2018 06:44

Description:

Economists looking for signs of inflation may get slammed by a big rig. Experts in the freight and trucking industry say they are seeing multiple signs of inflation, which could indicate price increases that could ripple through the supply chain. These price spikes are not setting off any big alarms yet, but could be a sign that broad-based inflation is just around the corner.

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#529 - Alimony and PreNups Just Got More Costly

Jun 1, 2018 06:14

Description:

As taxpayers acquaint themselves with new tax rules, they are likely to find a few surprises. In addition to the new cap on SALT deductions, there are two other takeaways that could have an impact on real estate investors, and anyone who’s married with a prenup.

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#528 - IRS Crackdown on SALT Deduction “Gimmicks”

May 30, 2018 06:58

Description:

The IRS says it will not tolerate “gimmicks” to get around the new $10,000 limit on SALT deductions. The new Tax Reform law is often seen as punishing high-tax states that are predominantly Democratic, like New York and California, because local taxes beyond that cap are no longer deductible on federal returns. That’s prompted an effort by lawmakers in those states to come up with workarounds, but the IRS is putting its foot down, and saying “no way.”

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#527 - News Brief - Best Places to Flip Homes, the Affordability Crisis, and Evicting Your Child...

May 30, 2018 09:52

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... skyrocketing home values, a new surge in home flipping activity, and parents who went to court to evict their son.

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#526 - Next Recession in 2020?

May 25, 2018 09:03

Description:

Predicting a recession is virtually impossible, but there are some economists who think they have a pretty good idea when it’s going to happen -- and most of them are saying “not quite yet.” These individuals don’t believe a recession is imminent due to the strength of the economy, but they feel it could start to unravel soon, possibly in about two years.

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#525 - More Loans, Less Regulation for Small Banks - Dismantling Dodd-Frank

May 24, 2018 07:15

Description:

President Trump says he’s eager to sign the Dodd-Frank reform bill, just approved by Congress. The House finalized the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act and sent it to the President’s desk on May 22nd. The changes have been a long-time coming since  President Trump’s promise, many months ago, to “do a very heavy haircut on Dodd Frank.”

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#524 - LIVE: SFR Hedge Funds Insights at IMN in Miami

May 22, 2018 07:16

Description:

Hundreds of hedge fund managers gather twice a year at IMN’s Single Family Rental Investment Forum to discuss the future of this new asset class. I am here in Miami now at their 6th annual convention, armed with lots of new information and insights that I can share with you here today.

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#523 - Lennar Adopts Alexa for Smart-Homes

May 22, 2018 06:03

Description:

Lennar is teaming up with Amazon to put Alexa in every newly built Lennar home. She’ll be at the hub of a smart-home system that will come as standard equipment. But this new relationship isn’t just for homebuyers. Amazon is using Lennar’s model homes as a way to demonstrate smart-home products to shoppers in general, across the nation.

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#522 - News Brief - 7-Year High for Rates, Best Days to Sell, And Retiree Preferences

May 21, 2018 06:24

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... a new seven-year high for mortgage rates, the best month and day to sell a home, and a new community preference among retirees.

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#521 - Solar Now REQUIRED on New Homes in CA

May 19, 2018 05:11

Description:

Solar power will no longer be an option for new homes in California. State energy officials voted unanimously to require the installation of solar panels on all new homes by the year 2020. Although other states have considered similar legislation, California is the first in the nation to “approve” this kind of mandate.

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#520 - *NEW* Huge Tax Incentive: Opportunity Zones

May 17, 2018 07:21

Description:

Hidden in the depths of the tax reform package is a tax incentive program for real estate investors that’s just starting to get recognized. The “Opportunity Zone” program is designed to lure investors to areas that haven’t fully recovered yet from the Great Recession. In exchange, they can defer capital gains on the equity they use, and potentially eliminate it altogether.

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#519 - $185,000 FINE for NYC Airbnb Host

May 16, 2018 05:45

Description:

A 72-year-old artist in New York City is getting booted from her rent-controlled apartment for renting it out illegally on Airbnb. She’s also getting slapped with a record-high $185,000 fine because she was allegedly exploiting her low-rent situation. Her case should be a wake up call for anyone skirting the rules about Airbnb rentals, especially in markets like New York City.

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#518 - California Tenants Demand Rent Control

May 16, 2018 09:23

Description:

The battle lines are being drawn in a California war over rent-control. Tenant advocates say they have collected enough signatures for a ballot initiative that would repeal the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. That could open the floodgates for extreme rent control in California, and put some landlords out of business.

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#517 - Malls Morph into Mixed Use

May 15, 2018 07:43

Description:

Malls are no longer a collection of stores. Many mall owners are now tossing the old business model away, and embracing new ideas that include restaurants, homes, and even hotels. One retail expert believes that U.S. malls need to be transformed into multi-service mini-villages where shopping is just one reason to go there.

 

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#516 - News Brief - Possibility of Recession, Change in Commercial Loans and Living with Mom

May 12, 2018 07:06

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… the possibility of a recession this year, changes for commercial loans, and a mother’s day wish that’s easy to deliver.

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#515 - Kilauea Delivers a Jolt of Reality

May 10, 2018 07:20

Description:

It isn’t a total surprise to residents on Hawaii’s big island, but many are nonetheless stunned by the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. After several days of small earthquakes, lava started bubbling up through new fissures near homes on the southern side of the volcano. Then, a powerful quake struck the area, as more lava started flowing from more new fissures. Hundreds of families have been forced to evacuate and are now faced with an uncertain future.

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#514 - Fire Victims Feel Insurance Pain

May 9, 2018 06:07

Description:

Northern California fire victims are learning a difficult lesson about insurance. It’s been six months since wildfires devastated various communities in the North Bay region, yet a majority of those victims have not yet settled claims for their homes or the contents of their homes. There are three bills under debate in Sacramento to help fire victims, but there’s also a big industry push against them.

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#513 - News Brief - Inflation UP, Exodus Out of California and NY and Gates in Chicago

May 7, 2018 06:27

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... inflation notches up, economists predict a high-tax exodus, and the new Bill Gates - Chicago connection.

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#512 - Amazon HQ2's Affect on Rents

May 4, 2018 06:53

Description:

Amazon hasn’t announced “the chosen city” yet for its second headquarters campus, but there  are plenty of economic calculations being done to see how the finalists will fare. And one of the economic impacts will likely be rent appreciation. According to Zillow, some cities would see a big bump in rents, while others -- not so much.

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#511 - Carson Proposes Raising Rents on Public Housing

May 2, 2018 08:54

Description:

Just a day after HUD Secretary Ben Carson paid a visit to L.A.’s skid row, he announced a potential rent increase for people in public housing. The proposal is meant to update a system that allegedly discourages people from work, but has drawn an angry response from housing advocates. 

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#510 - European Data Privacy Rules Affect U.S. Businesses (Including Real Estate)

May 1, 2018 05:30

Description:

A new data privacy rule out of the European Union will have a huge impact on websites around the globe, including those in the U.S. It is also expected to have a positive effect on the privacy of our personal data even though we don’t live in Europe. Some people are calling it an internet game changer, and it takes effect just weeks from now, on May 25th.

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#509 - News Brief - Mortgage Rates at 4-Year High, Top Job Markets, and a Tumbleweed Takeover

May 1, 2018 09:00

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief...a 4-year high for mortgages, top job growth markets, and a tumbleweed takeover in the West.

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#508 - Short-term Rental Bonanza from Music Festivals

Apr 28, 2018 07:15

Description:

Festival season is a cash cow for Airbnb hosts in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of music lovers for two weekends in a row. That’s followed by another big music event called Stagecoach, and for three short weekends, many Airbnb hosts are making enough money to pay their property taxes for a whole year.

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#507 - How Inflation Affects Real Estate

Apr 27, 2018 07:05

Description:

Higher prices are raising yellow flags about inflation. There are plenty of trends to monitor when it comes to assessing economic risks, but inflation is one of the most important. Changes to the upside could have a big impact on the real estate industry, because inflation can lead to higher interest rates. Deutsche Bank calls inflation the “mother of all risks” and according to CNBC, there are signs of it “popping up everywhere.”

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#506 - Gun Control for Tenants?

Apr 26, 2018 05:16

Description:

The waffle house shooting in Tennessee that left four people dead is just the latest story about deadly and senseless gun violence. It’s a headline that repeats itself, and is dividing the country into those who want gun control and those who want to address the issue in a different way while preserving the right to bear arms. But while that debate rages on, landlords and property managers may wonder whether they are allowed to restrict gun possession by tenants.

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#505 - Cap Rates Compressing in 2018

Apr 25, 2018 08:15

Description:

2018 may be a year of surprises for some landlords and investors. We’ve been seeing price appreciation and rent growth year after year during the economic recovery, but it appears the economy is shifting gears.  

Cap rates in some areas are expected to run flat, or even drop somewhat, depending on certain economic pressures, like interest rates hikes.

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#504 - Non-Prime Loans Replace Sub-Prime

Apr 24, 2018 05:42

Description:

Subprime loans are making a comeback for people with less than stellar credit. Lenders are offering what are now called “non-prime” loans. They are similar to the subprime loans that brought down the housing market ten years ago, but due to higher underwriting standards, are supposed to be a much safer product.

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#503 - Newsbrief - Trump's 420 Thumbs Up, Higher Interest Rates and $1M TearDown

Apr 21, 2018 07:18

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... a new high for long-term interest rates, a presidential nod for the marijuana industry, and million-dollar price tag for a tear down.

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#502 - Co-Living Cuts Housing Costs

Apr 21, 2018 06:52

Description:

As co-living options proliferate across the globe, co-living entrepreneurs are pushing quickly into expensive, high-demand U.S. markets. But it isn’t just a matter of money for many of the renters. They also want to enjoy a nomadic lifestyle without sacrificing the benefits of a community, and co-living provides them with the friends and freedom that they need.

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#501 - Subdividing Your Single Family Rental

Apr 20, 2018 04:25

Description:

An Atlanta start-up called Padsplit is hoping to fill a low-income housing gap with a new kind of no frills co-housing. The company calls it workforce housing for people who need an affordable place to live in a safe neighborhood. It also claims that landlords can increase their cash flow by renting out rooms in single-family homes.

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#500 - Flying Cars Head to Miami

Apr 18, 2018 06:46

Description:

A Miami real estate developer is preparing for the arrival of flying cars. He’s incorporating a skyport on the top of a new condo tower where passenger drones will be able to pick-up and drop-off residents. And he’s not thinking “that's” very far into the future.

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#499 - Who DIY's Better? Millennials vs Boomers

Apr 17, 2018 05:34

Description:

When it comes to home repairs and upgrades, you might think Millennials are the ultimate do-it-yourselfers. A new survey shows a high percentage of Millennials who feel they are handier around the house than other generations, but the survey results don’t exactly back up those claims.

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#498 - News Brief - Zillow Enters Flip Biz, Wallpaper Smoke Detectors, and San Francisco Home Prices Soar

Apr 16, 2018 07:54

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... home prices fly higher in San Francisco, Zillow launches a new house flipping business, and new wallpaper will double as a smoke detector and fire alarm.

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#497 - Canadian Housing Bubble Ready to Burst as Loans Reset

Apr 13, 2018 07:12

Description:

The Canadian housing market is teetering at great heights right now. Our neighbor to the north survived the global financial crisis with little impact, but now, there’s some major bubble activity in Canada, especially in Vancouver and Toronto. The Canadian government is taking steps to cool things off, but there are warnings that those bubbles are about to burst.

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#496 - Crypto Investing with Student Loans

Apr 13, 2018 05:44

Description:

We’ve been hearing a lot about Millennials who are saddled with student loan debt as they struggle to save up for the down payment on a home. But some of those Millennials are trying to get rid of that debt quickly with an investment strategy that may surprise you. A new survey shows that many of them are investing some of their financial aid money in cryptocurrency, apparently hoping to hit it rich by the time they graduate.

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#495 - Mega-Drop in Chinese Investment of U.S. Real Estate

Apr 11, 2018 05:43

Description:

Chinese investors are no longer the biggest group of U.S. real estate investors. The amount of Chinese money spent in the U.S. last year dropped a surprising 55%. After such a huge inflow of Chinese capital during the previous few years, you might think the decline would have a crippling blow to some of those big metros. But, according to a new report, it’s more or less a drop in the bucket.

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#494 - California Politicians Battle Local City Planners

Apr 10, 2018 06:26

Description:

California State Senator Scott Wiener is taking on the state’s housing crisis with legislation that is putting some cities in “combat mode.” SB 827 is a state zoning bill that would supercede local zoning ordinances, and allow the construction of taller buildings near major transit stops. The bill is still a work in progress, but it has already gained plenty of “friends” and “foes.”

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#493 - News Brief - New Loans for Self-Employed, Higher Listing Prices

Apr 9, 2018 07:28

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... listing prices are setting new records, banks are helping self-employed buyers, and airlines may be spying on you to set airfares.

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#492 - J-Lo and A-Rod Teach Inner City Teens to Invest in Real Estate

Apr 6, 2018 04:38

Description:

Getting a leg up in real estate at an early age can help launch a lifetime of wealth. Unfortunately, many people never find a mentor, especially not at a young age. A program that teaches teenagers about real estate is trying change that, and it’s getting help from two big names from the sports world and Hollywood.

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#491 - NEW: Health Plans for Realtors and the Self-Employed

Apr 6, 2018 06:04

Description:

A new health plan option may become available in the near future for independent contractors, including many people in the real estate industry. The proposal under review by the Labor Department would give associations, like the National Association of Realtors, the ability to provide affordable group health plans to self-employed members.

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#490 - Trump Revs Up Detroit

Apr 5, 2018 08:14

Description:

President Trump said in his State of the Union address that the government is doing what it can to revive the auto industry in Detroit, and that Motor City will soon be “revving its engines.” But that’s not the only reason that Detroit is on the hot list for growth, and for real estate investing.

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#489 - Retire Early - Live Longer?

Apr 3, 2018 06:51

Description:

Working past retirement age can have its benefits, but so can early retirement. According to recent research, getting out of the rat race can help you live longer, but it also depends on what you “do” with your time.

Researchers at the University of Amsterdam published a report late last year confirming a link between early retirement and living longer. Among their findings -- that 42% of the retirees who participated in the study were less likely to die during the next five years.

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#488 - Lego-like Bricks to Build Homes - from Elon Musk

Apr 2, 2018 05:00

Description:

Legos have long inspired children to “build” things. They’ve been around since 1932 as a children’s educational toy, but now Elon Musk is adding his own “spin” to the Lego story. He tweeted recently that his tunneling company is about to put life-size Legos on the market as a building material.

The Lego bricks would be made out of rock that’s removed during the creation of tunnels. They would be made to interlock with each other and according to Musk, would be so strong they will meet California earthquake codes.

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#487 - News Brief - Tax Audits, Case-Schiller & Economic News

Mar 31, 2018 07:19

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… an update on tax return audits, a seller who’s saying “no” to Trump, and a surprising new addition to Yosemite, for coffee drinkers.

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#486 - DON'T FORGET Insurance for Your Airbnb (AND Use the Rental Income for a Refi!)

Mar 31, 2018 06:22

Description:

It’s a big first for Airbnb hosts who want to use their rental income to qualify for a refinancing loan. Fannie Mae and three lending institutions are now allowing those homeowners to use that income to qualify. There’s also an insurance catch, however, because lenders require home insurance, and most traditional insurance companies don’t cover Airbnb rentals.

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#485 - Super Wood: Stronger Than Steel

Mar 30, 2018 05:08

Description:

A new super strong wood product could be the next great eco-friendly building material. University of Maryland researchers say it’s not only stronger and lighter than steel, it’s also a better insulator than Styrofoam.

The UM College Park researchers are calling their creation “nanowood.” They made it by separating the wood fibers from other components of the wood, and then compressing it for 24 hours at high heat. The end product is a very dense wooden plank that’s about one-fifth the thickness, three times the density, and 11.5 times the strength of the original piece of wood. 

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#484 - Renters Insurance Gets a Millennial Makeover

Mar 29, 2018 06:26

Description:

The Millennial mindset is setting new trends in many ways, and one traditional insurance company is paying attention. Travelers is introducing a new policy called “Traverse” that’s designed for the so-called Millennial lifestyle. And it isn’t the only insurance company that’s breaking new ground.

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#483 - 3-D Printed Tiny Homes Could Solve Housing Crisis

Mar 28, 2018 04:57

Description:

A San Francisco-based nonprofit with a lofty goal to end homelessness is introducing what could become a quick and easy solution for many parts of the world. New Story partnered with housing tech company ICON less than a year ago to create a 3-D printer that can build an inexpensive tiny home in just hours, and they are announcing their first completed home.

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#482 - News Brief - Fed Hikes Rates, Home Sales Up, and Spy Cameras Tell Realtor Secrets

Mar 27, 2018 06:46

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… home sales spike, the Fed delivers a rate hike, and a warning about spy cameras during property tours.

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#481 - A Glut of Real Estate Agents With Few Homes to Sell

Mar 23, 2018 06:03

Description:

We’re headed into the spring buying season with too few homes on the market to satisfy demand. That’s sure to create competition among buyers. But what about agents? There’s been an increase in the number of brokers and agents over the last several years who are facing stiff competition to land those deals, and to make a living -- especially those new to the business.

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#480 - Uptick in Millennial Home Buyers

Mar 23, 2018 04:48

Description:

Many millennials are still hunkering down with Mom and Dad, but more and more of them are jumping into homeownership. A new report from the National Association of Realtors shows that millennials accounted for 36% of all home purchases last year, making them the most active generation of home buyers for a fifth year in a row.

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#479 - Toys "R" Us Shutdown - Apocalypse or Renaissance?

Mar 21, 2018 07:49

Description:

It’s hard to imagine a shopping district without a Toys "R" Us store but the company has been struggling with bankruptcy, and just announced that its closing all its U.S. stores. That’s going to leave a lot of vacant real estate in prime retail locations across the country. It’s also raising more questions about the survival of retail stores and whether this is part of a so-called retail apocalypse, or another sign of disruptive forces in the path of progress.

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#478 - Rhode Island Pension Cuts Could Set Precedent

Mar 20, 2018 06:56

Description:

A recent court ruling on pension benefits could be a warning sign for anyone relying on that sort of retirement income. In a case between the state of Rhode Island and the Cranston Firefighters union, a U.S. appeals court ruled that the state has the right to reduce benefits because pension agreements are not a binding contract.

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#477 - Look! No One’s at the Wheel in California

Mar 20, 2018 06:09

Description:

The driverless car revolution is taking a giant step forward in California. State officials have approved the testing of driverless cars without the safety driver, and those cars could show up on California roads as early as next month. It’s only a matter of time after that, that driverless cars will have a much greater effect on our lives, including how and where we live.

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#476 - News Brief - Unraveling Bank Regulations, Lehman Brothers Settlement and Sexy Role-play Among Millennials

Mar 17, 2018 07:39

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have the unraveling of bank regulations, a housing crisis settlement between Lehman brothers and hedge funds, and a role-playing game among Millennials that will get you thinking about homeownership.

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#475 - Warning: House Flipping Fever is Contagious

Mar 16, 2018 09:54

Description:

Flipping homes has never been so popular. A new report shows a record high number of flipped homes in 2017, but don’t be misled by TV shows and real estate gurus who make it sound easy. Flipping a home for profit is a whole lot more complicated, and financially risky than what marketers may lead to believe. And digging into the recent numbers, it also appears that profits from recent flips have dropped a bit.

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#474 - Credit Bureau's Sell Your Private Info! (And How to Stop It)

Mar 16, 2018 04:29

Description:

A national brokers group is pushing Congress for a ban on mortgage trigger leads to protect homebuyers. The National Association of Mortgage Brokers says that trigger leads can put consumers at risk of identity theft and deceitful phone calls from competitors. The group wants Congress to add language about a ban to a bill related to the Equifax breach.

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#473 - Public Beach Access Vs Private Property Rights: The Supreme Court Decides

Mar 15, 2018 06:52

Description:

The tug-of-war over access to a popular San Mateo County beach could wind up in the nation’s highest court. Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court in his defense against a lawsuit by the Surfrider Foundation. Legal experts say if he wins, his case could turn the California Coastal Act upside-down, and put beach access for millions of people at risk.

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#472 - Shipping Container Pools Making a Big Splash!

Mar 14, 2018 04:42

Description:

A Canadian company that makes swimming pools from old shipping containers is suddenly in the world spotlight. The Vancouver-based Modpool creates pools that can be dropped into your backyard and ready for swimming the same day. After only about a year in business and YouTube videos on the pool’s unique features, orders are now coming in from around the world.

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#471 - News Brief - Tarriffs, Trade Wars and Trulia

Mar 13, 2018 11:05

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... tariffs, trade wars, and protectionism hog the spotlight, Trulia turns the tables on housing affordability, and plans for a drone that’s controlled by “eye movements.” 

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#470 - Sneaky Ballot for Lead Paint Removal Protects Paint Companies

Mar 10, 2018 06:31

Description:

Paint companies trying to sidestep a court order for lead paint removal, are now pushing for a ballot measure that would shift the cost burden to California taxpayers. The measure is being called “The Healthy Homes and Schools Act of 2018” to clean up lead paint and other environmental hazards in old homes, but the state attorney general says it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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#469 - U.S. on the Move (And OUT of the SF Bay Area)

Mar 9, 2018 06:34

Description:

Population growth is one of the primary metrics for evaluating good real estate markets, and the latest reports from two prominent moving companies show some new list toppers. An analysis on truck rental rates also provides an interesting perspective on the current migration patterns to and from the San Francisco Bay Area.

U-Haul published its 2017 review earlier this year for top population growth cities, and top population growth states. It put those two lists together from data on truck rentals that show U.S. moving patterns throughout the year.

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#468 - Mexican Investors Flee to South Florida

Mar 8, 2018 06:18

Description:

Wealthy Mexicans are eyeing South Florida real estate as their presidential race heats up. Florida realtors say they’ve seen a noticeable uptick in the number of Mexicans buying properties as worries increase among the Mexican elite over the possible election of a leftist president.

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#467 - Yelp Helps Predict Gentrification

Mar 7, 2018 04:41

Description:

Market timing is never an exact science, but a few Harvard researchers say they can predict when a local real estate market is heating up by analyzing data on Yelp. They say that by looking at reviews on Yelp, along with some corresponding government data, they can identify the start of gentrification, and the likelihood of higher home prices.

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#466 - Thank you, GoodTimes5!

Mar 6, 2018 10:53

Description:

Today’s show is going to be my opinion, not the news. You’ve been warned!


First, I want to thank the people who have reached out and given great reviews this week! Thank you to "Contractors turned Investors" for sharing that your business is growing fast because of your understanding of the market through my updates. I love to hear that!

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#465 - News Brief - A Rewrite of Dodd Frank, A Drop in Home Sales and a Green Pig

Mar 4, 2018 07:57

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have another squeeze on home sales, a rewrite of the Dodd-Frank banking rules, and a green pig stunt that backfired.

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#464 - Floating Cities Coming Soon, Thanks to Peter Thiel

Mar 3, 2018 06:20

Description:

Whether you believe in global warming or not, some cities are taking the potential threat seriously. New York City hopes to protect itself from the possibility of rising sea levels by building a wall of high-rise buildings anchored into the Hudson River, surrounded by floating landscape pods. And now, PayPal Founder Peter Thiel hopes to build a floating nation in the Pacific Ocean that’s ready for residents in just a few years.

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#463 - New Tax Law Glitches & Typos Force a ReWrite

Mar 2, 2018 07:37

Description:

The new tax reform bill is apparently full of mistakes that will need fixing. A few glitches can be expected with such a massive piece of legislation, but some say that there are an unusually high number of errors this time. Republicans will need help, but may have a tough time getting Democratic support to patch it all up.

President Trump signed the massive Republican tax cut bill just before Christmas after a whirlwind effort by lawmakers to finish it before the end of the year. Experts say the errors are probably the result of this breakneck accomplishment.

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#462 - Election Battle Over Prop 13 Plus Changing Political Parties

Mar 1, 2018 12:40

Description:

California’s beloved but often-criticized Prop 13 property tax law turns 40 this year, but voters may be faced with “two” ballot measures that would change it substantially. One would eliminate Prop 13 protections for commercial properties, raising billions in state revenue. The other would expand residential protections for people over 55 years of age.

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#461 - News Brief - More Water Worries in California and Money vs Happiness

Feb 28, 2018 06:50

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... interest rates creep higher, water worries return to California, and a new report that shows money can buy happiness.

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#460 - Crypto-Utopia Headed for Puerto Rico

Feb 23, 2018 07:45

Description:

Newly minted crypto millionaires are on a mission in Puerto Rico. They are relocating to the island territory where they can avoid state and federal taxes on their bulging bank accounts. Plus, they are planning to put their money to work with the creation of a city or a “crypto utopia” that’s based exclusively on digital currency.

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#459 - Cities Ban Border Wall Contractors

Feb 22, 2018 07:02

Description:

Austin, Texas appears to be the latest city to give border wall contractors the boot. Austin city leaders are opposed to the building of a controversial wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and are giving local contractors an ultimatum -- either work on the wall or work for us. But not both.

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#458 - How Rising Interest Rates Might Affect Housing (And Other Homeowner Worries)

Feb 21, 2018 07:51

Description:

Long-term interest rates are getting a whole lot closer to that 5% level. They are not there yet, but Redfin did a survey to find out what homebuyers might do, if interest rates hit that mark. And it appears that just 6% of the people surveyed would actually “cancel” their plans to buy, but others said it would affect how quickly they purchase, and potentially what and where they buy.

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#457 - News Brief - Inflation Surge, Airbnb Ban and Dogs vs Real Estate

Feb 20, 2018 07:03

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have an unexpected surge in inflation, a disputed city-wide ban on Airbnb, and a certain dog breed that’s tied to rising home prices.

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#456 - Building "Utopia" in Saudi Arabia and Costa Rica

Feb 17, 2018 07:17

Description:

Saudi Arabia has launched a $500 billion project that will help it diversify away from crude oil, and put the middle eastern country at the forefront of smart city development. The oil-producer is building a massive 10,200 square mile smart city along the Red Sea that some people are calling an international “game changer.” And construction is already underway.

A city called NEOM is about to sprout from miles and miles of desert, mountains, and coastline in the northeast corner of Saudi Arabia. It will stretch across the Saudi border into both Egypt and Jordan, with bragging rights as the world’s first municipality to extend into the depths of “three” countries.

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#455 - Tax Scammers Target Tax Preparers

Feb 16, 2018 05:16

Description:

The tax filing season is underway, along with hackers who are busy trying to steal your refund. The IRS issued a warning about the first scam of the season. It targets taxpayers by hacking into computers used by tax professionals, and using client information to file phony tax returns.

The official tax filing season began on January 29th this year. That’s when the IRS started accepting 2017 tax returns. The agency identified this new scam just a few days later, saying that hackers had already stolen information from the computers of several tax preparers and filed fraudulent returns.

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#453 - Extreme Rent Control Coming to California?

Feb 15, 2018 07:01

Description:

A ballot initiative is gaining momentum in California that would open the rent control flood gates across the state. The measure would repeal a state law that protects certain kinds of housing from rent control, including single family homes, and give cities and counties local control over rent regulations. State lawmakers voted against legislation with similar goals, just a few weeks ago.

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#454 - 2018 Builder Forecast Lookin' Good

Feb 15, 2018 06:04

Description:

2018 should be a good year for builders. Buyers are hungry for new homes, and with such a tight supply, builders don’t have to worry about demand. In fact, John Burns said at a recent builders’ show in Las Vegas that new home sales have been surging and the construction industry is in good economic shape.

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#452 - News Brief - Stock Market Correction with New Fed Chief

Feb 13, 2018 08:29

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… stocks continue their sell-off, a new Fed chief is sworn in, and the net neutrality battle heats up in the U.S. Senate.

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#451 - "NEW" Solar Panel Tariff Could Backfire on U.S. Jobs

Feb 8, 2018 07:27

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The booming solar power industry is stunned by President Trump’s recent decision to impose a massive tax on imported solar panels. The president says the tariff will create “a lot of jobs” but industry insiders say it will destroy many more, and slow the use of solar power.

The president announced new tariffs on imported solar panels on January 23rd. The tariffs begin at 30% for the first year and decrease to 15% in the fourth year. The purpose for the tax is to protect the solar industry from what some companies interpret as unfair trade practices. But industry experts say the plan could backfire. They cite the response to a tariff on foreign steel imports imposed by then president George W. Bush in 2002.

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#450 - Hemp "Smokes" as a Green Building Material

Feb 7, 2018 05:37

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The cannabis plant is getting a lot of attention these days as states legalize the use of marijuana, but there’s another corner of the hemp market that’s shaking up the construction industry -- and it’s called “hempcrete.” It’s a green building material that dates back to the time of the Romans in Europe, but is just gaining acceptance here in the United States.

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#449 - Do Drive-By Appraisals (BPO's) Put Investors At Risk?

Feb 6, 2018 05:52

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Institutional landlords are making use of a loophole in financial regulations to get massive numbers of appraisals done quickly and cheaply. It’s a practice known as the “drive-by” appraisal that was banned by Congress after the housing crisis. But that ban only applies to people applying for a traditional mortgage, and not companies conducting much bigger deals.

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#448 - News Brief - Mortgage Rates Rise Along with House Flipping Profits

Feb 6, 2018 07:58

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... a new high point for mortgage rates, a big jump in home seller profits, and a 1031 exchange reprieve for Southern California wildfire victims.

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#447 - In-Law Units Out-Lawed No More

Feb 3, 2018 06:43

Description:

It’s a great housing concept with a biased name. Granny flats are not just for grannies, they are for the young, the old, and the middle-aged. And with the affordable housing crisis in full swing, new rules are making it easier than ever for homeowners in California and other U.S. metros to build them or make their unpermitted units legal.

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#446 - New Pot Laws & Old Tenants Contracts

Feb 2, 2018 05:50

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The legalization of marijuana in California and other states is creating some confusion over the use of pot in rentals. Landlords and property managers may not have provisions in leases covering pot use because laws are too new, but they may still have options for setting and enforcing their own rules.

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#445 - Solar Windows Coming Soon

Feb 1, 2018 06:30

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Windows of the future may do more than brighten up our homes. Scientists are developing windows that can absorb solar energy and generate free electricity for our future smart homes and businesses. These windows aren’t ready to hit the market yet, but the potential is astounding for residential and commercial buildings -- especially those with lots of windows.

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#444 - Real Estate Tech Takes Off

Jan 31, 2018 06:29

Description:

The real estate market is getting a lot of attention from high-tech startups. The “real estate tech” field is filled with tech entrepreneurs and innovators who are developing new digital tools, solutions, and systems for the industry. In this episode, I’ve got a short list of those startups worth watching this year.

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#443 - Foreclosure Crisis Looming in Puerto Rico

Jan 30, 2018 06:24

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Puerto Rico is about to get hit by another kind of disaster. Lending experts are predicting a massive foreclosure crisis because of damage by Hurricane Maria. There’s a moratorium on foreclosures right now, but when that moratorium ends, banks are expected to move in quickly, and start taking homes.

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#442 - News Brief - Mortgage Rates Rise, Rents Increase, and Hottest Markets for Foreign Investors

Jan 28, 2018 06:54

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... a rise in long-term interest rates, Amazon’s effect on rental rates, and the hottest U.S. market for international investors.

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#441 - Amazon HQ2's Top 20, and Apple's Expansion

Jan 27, 2018 07:37

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Amazon has narrowed its list of cities down to 20 for the location of its second headquarters campus, and Apple announces a similar search but without all the fanfare. Apple hasn’t given further details except that it will “not” be in California where the company is headquartered, or Texas, where it also has a strong presence.

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#440 - New Fed Chief: Jerome Powell

Jan 26, 2018 05:03

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Senate confirmation of a new Federal Reserve Chairman was quick and easy with support from both sides of the aisle. The Senate approved Jerome Powell as the 16th Fed chair this last week. His opinion on the raising of interest rates is similar to outgoing Fed chief Janet Yellen, but he appears more open to the loosening of banking regulations.

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#439 - Zillow Sued Over Zestimate… Again

Jan 25, 2018 05:17

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Zillow is getting hauled back into court over its Zestimate home valuation tool. This time, a new-Jersey based company is suing Zillow, claiming that it hides the Zestimate for some broker listings, but not for others. Zillow has an explanation for the different kinds of treatment but not one that sits well with the plaintiff.

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#438 - Tax Reform Chips Away at HELOC Advantages

Jan 25, 2018 04:43

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U.S. homeowners have a record amount of equity they can tap into, but tax laws may change the way they access that money. In the past, HELOCs have made the most financial sense, but tax experts say the best option now could be a cash out refinance, even if it means a small increase in the property owner’s primary mortgage rate.

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#437 - News Brief - Government Shutdown, Home Theft and Homie Takes on Phoenix

Jan 23, 2018 07:49

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... government reopens after 3-day shutdown, a confession reveals a home theft scheme during the housing crisis, and real estate tech company Homie expands to a new market.

 

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#436 - California’s Race Towards Renewables

Jan 19, 2018 05:37

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California is racing ahead toward its renewable energy goals in record time. Governor Jerry Brown signed a law in 2015 that gave the state until 2030 to produce 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources. The state is doing so well with solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable sources, lawmakers may push that target a little higher.

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#435 - FHA Says “No” to Solar Pace Loans

Jan 18, 2018 05:57

Description:

Homes with energy efficient upgrades paid for through the PACE program may no longer qualify for an FHA loan. The FHA recently reversed its position on support for the PACE program, citing an increased risk of default among the borrowers which poses a risk to the agency’s insurance fund, and a lack of PACE consumer protections.

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#434 - Ponzi Scheme Busted

Jan 17, 2018 08:42

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It’s described as one of the “juiciest” lawsuits of 2017 by the Real Deal. The SEC is suing a luxury real estate developer for an alleged $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme that affected more than 8,400 investors. And, the fight for justice and restitution has just begun.

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#433 - Houston "Stronger" After Harvey

Jan 16, 2018 05:20

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The Houston housing market is surging ahead at record speed, despite the impact of Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Association of Realtors says the Harvey setback was much shorter-lived than anticipated and the Houston metro recorded its strongest performance ever last year.

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 25th, 2017, with 130 mile-per-hour winds. It battered communities along the coast, damaging more than 200,000 homes. Almost 1,300 of them were destroyed altogether.

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#432 - News Brief - Best Cities for Jobs, Adios to Entertainment Write-Offs, and Credit Card Limits

Jan 14, 2018 07:20

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... cities with amazing job opportunities, a favorite tax deduction take-away, and when you should have more or less credit cards.

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#431 - Deadly Mudslides from Wildfires in Santa Barbara County

Jan 12, 2018 05:48

Description:

Deadly mudslides in Southern California are more proof that natural disasters don’t differentiate between the poor and the wealthy. Heavy rains soaked the hillsides of Santa Clara County on January 9th, and caused major devastation in the upscale community of Montecito. 17 people were confirmed dead by the next day with 28 injured and 23 missing. Hundreds of others remained trapped in their homes, waiting for rescue.

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#430 - Pet Poop Problem for Landlords

Jan 12, 2018 05:03

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Dog-friendly rentals are in big demand, and landlords are coming up with some great amenities for their four-legged tenants. But despite the good behavior of most tenants and dogs, some pet owners don’t pick up after their pets. Tenants either don’t see it, or ignore it, and it’s left for the maintenance crew, or worse, someone’s shoe. But fear not! There’s now a way to track down the owner...

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#429 - New Year, New Resolutions

Jan 10, 2018 09:35

Description:

This is the time we usually set new goals in hopes of achieving greater success in the coming year. But do New Year Resolutions really work?

The idea of a successful life, one that’s not just about making money, can be represented by a “life balance wheel.” If you search for a wellness wheel on the internet, you’ll find many colorful and inspiring images, but the one we will be using today is from the book “Extreme Success” which is written by life coach and my life partner and co-CEO Rich Fettke.

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#428 - "Man-Made" Earthquake Threat

Jan 10, 2018 06:34

Description:

Earthquakes have always been a threat in California, and other North American regions. But for people in places like Oklahoma, they were unheard of until a few years ago. Scientists have linked this seismic activity to the oil industry and are working on new ways to detect and control what they are calling “man-made” earthquakes.

A Discovery blog headline reads: “Humans Are Creating the Newest Earthquake Zones in North America.” Earthquakes typically occur in areas where there are active fault zones, but in Oklahoma, there’s hasn’t been any major seismic activity until the more recent method of oil and natural gas extraction called “fracking.”

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#427 - $45M Robo-Signing Settlement

Jan 9, 2018 04:00

Description:

A mortgage servicing company accused of robo-signing foreclosure documents during the housing crisis has agreed to a $45 million dollar settlement. That will compensate victims, and settle a long-standing legal battle between PHH Mortgage Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The settlement involves 49 state attorneys general, the District of Columbia, and more than 45 state mortgage regulators. There are conflicting reports on which state didn’t take part. One report said New Hampshire. Another report said Colorado.

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#426 - News Brief - New High for Housing, New Vacation Home Laws, and a New Alexa Trick

Jan 7, 2018 06:24

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a new record high for the U.S. housing market, legislation for vacation rental freedom in Florida, and a new Alexa skill that will keep you current on your mortgage.

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#425 - 2018 Bitcoin Warnings, Predictions

Jan 6, 2018 06:41

Description:

It’s an old warning from the FTC about the use of cryptocurrency. But, it’s just as relevant today as bitcoin and other digital currencies are becoming more popular and are being used without government oversight. Whether you are on the spending, receiving, or investing side of the (digital) coin, you should beware of the risks.

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#424 - Tax Reform Boon for Commercial Real Estate

Jan 5, 2018 07:55

Description:

Starting this week, new tax rules will usher in the New Year with a big win for residential and commercial real estate investors. It’s still too early to know the full impact of the legislation, but many tax professionals say that real estate investors and other property owners have hit the jackpot.

Experts say it will take months or even years to know the full impact of this bill including the changes in behaviors that the bill will bring about. Here are a few insights on how the new tax rules will benefit both residential and commercial property owners.

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#423 - 2017 in Review

Jan 4, 2018 12:32

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As we begin a new year, it’s always interesting to take a look at where we were last year at this time. So on today’s show, we’ll take a walk down memory lane - and the stories of 2017 that most affected us as real estate investors. 

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#422 - Nextdoor & Real Estate

Dec 29, 2017 05:26

Description:

The Nextdoor social networking site is getting into the real estate business, as it catches the attention of venture capitalists. It’s rolling out a platform for real estate listings that makes it easy for agents to advertise homes for sale, along with their own services, within a particular zip code. The website is moving quickly to expand its reach in general, and just raised another $75 million to reach its goals.

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#421 - What Tenants Want (A Changing Checklist)

Dec 28, 2017 05:43

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Landlords are catering to a whole new kind of tenant. These renters are the ones who “choose” to rent and come with a longer list of requirements. According to a new survey of more than a quarter million renters across the U.S., there are several new trends that landlords need to consider.

As we’ve seen, the number of people who rent has grown significantly since 2011. The Census Bureau says we are seeing an additional 1.7 million renters each year. And many of them won’t settle for the minimum. Instead, they have a growing checklist of the kinds of amenities, features, and services they expect.

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#420 - News Brief - New Tax Bill Signed, Most Expensive Metros and a New Trend for Renters

Dec 25, 2017 08:23

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... the biggest story of the week is the passing of the Tax Reform legislation. We also have the latest on America’s most expensive zip codes, and a new trend for working adults who live in rentals.

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#419 - Real Estate Strategy for Retirees

Dec 24, 2017 05:16

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Real estate savvy individuals approaching retirement may need to change some very fundamental thoughts about their housing strategy. While the purchase of well-located property is a priority during our younger years, the mantra during retirement is much different. According to a Forbes article, it changes from “location, location, location” to “cash flow, cash flow, cash flow.”

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Happy Holidays!

 

 

#418 - NAR Decodes New Tax Code

Dec 23, 2017 07:21

Description:

Now that the dust is settling on the battle over tax reform, taxpayers across the nation are wondering what’s in it for them. The National Association of Realtors says the final bill will have some impact on homeowners, but says there are also tax benefits for anyone who owns real estate or works in the real estate industry.

NAR says association members fought hard to preserve existing tax benefits for homeowners and real estate investors. A few of the wins include the preservation of the 1031 exchange and the capital gains exclusion for home sales. But each taxpayer will have to look at how the changes stack up for them, starting with new tax brackets.

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#417 - Tax Reform Holiday Gift for Real Estate Investors

Dec 21, 2017 06:05

Description:

It’s big news no matter which side you’re on. The nation is now headed into the new year with a whole new set of rules for paying taxes. Congress just passed a tax reform compromise bill, and sent the bill to President Trump for his signature. While there’s much to be concerned about in terms of spending cuts, there’s plenty to celebrate if you are a real estate investor.

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#416 - Boom or Bust in 2018?

Dec 20, 2017 12:13

Description:

As we move into the New Year, what can we expect from the U.S. economy in 2018? We know the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq hit all-time highs in 2017, as did many U.S. housing markets. The big question on everyone’s minds is whether we can expect more bullish growth, or if we're headed for a correction.

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#415 - Tax Reform Could Benefit Real Estate Investors

Dec 19, 2017 06:40

Description:

Get ready for more loopholes... The new tax bill looks like it will be no less complicated than it’s already been, and appears to offer more ways for high income earners to reduce their tax liabilities with creative accounting. You’ll need a good CPA for 2018 because Turbo Tax is not going to share the secrets of the wealthy!


The House and Senate passed their versions of tax reform, and then had to reconcile their differences into one final bill. That conference happened on Friday. If the new bill passes Congress this week, it could be signed into law by President Trump as early as Tuesday.

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#414 - News Brief - Fed Rate Hike, Tax Reform Compromise, and Internet Rules Lifted

Dec 17, 2017 06:55

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… the central bank delivers a rate hike as promised, Republicans agree on a tax reform compromise, and the internet was liberated from rules that protect consumers.

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#413 - Avoid Holiday Hackers in Your Smart Home

Dec 16, 2017 05:48

Description:

‘Tis the season when Santa delivers the latest high tech gadgets to your smart home. While that could bring tears of joy to the techie members of your family, it could also make your household vulnerable to hackers. Smart home devices can open doors cyber spies and thieves, unless you take steps to protect yourself.

Voice-controlled smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home will be among the most popular gifts this holiday season. They not only play music and answer questions, but they can be hooked up to and help you control all the smart devices in your home.

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#412 - Squeeze on Home Flipping Profits

Dec 15, 2017 05:10

Description:

If you are a home flipper, you may be finding that your profits are shrinking. The latest Home Flipping Report from ATTOM Data Solutions shows a decrease in returns to their lowest level in two years.

The quarter three report shows that single family homes and condos that were flipped in the third quarter of this year produced an average gross profit of 47.7%. That represents about $66,448 per flip across the U.S. While that may not sound like a bad return on investment, it shows that tight inventory, high home prices, and competition are taking a bite out of this real estate enterprise.

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#411 - More Red Tape for California Contractors

Dec 14, 2017 04:43

Description:

A new law will make it even more expensive to build homes in California. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will make general contractors responsible for subcontractor wages. While it’s designed to protect employees, it could also force general contractors to pay “twice” for the same work.

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#410 - Big City Renters Buy Vacation Homes

Dec 14, 2017 06:19

Description:

When the math doesn’t add up for property in California’s priciest markets, some renters are becoming vacation home owners, and commuting there on the weekends. Many people are finding they can get a much better value for their money by heading out of town.

Homebuyers that go for this kind of home-away-from-work arrangement are also adopting a different way of life. If you rent in the San Francisco Bay Area, for example, and you buy a place near Lake Tahoe, you will be spending a lot of time commuting to and from your job each week. But you will also have the satisfaction of home ownership.

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#409 - Hong Kong Builds Underground Real Estate

Dec 13, 2017 05:04

Description:

As the U.S. runs low on affordable homes and the renter nation grows, there’s a different kind of housing shortage in Hong Kong. With 7 million residents and just 427 square miles of space, Hong Kong is simply running out of room to build new homes, so the government is pushing ahead with a massive project to create new real estate… underground.

Hong Kong is already one of the most expensive cities in the world. It’s densely populated with a booming economy and an average home price of almost $2 million U.S. dollars. And there’s nowhere to build more homes. But this real estate story is not about creating a subterranean world of cave dwellers. It’s about the building of non-residential facilities underground to make more room on the surface for humans.

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#408 - News Brief - SoCal Fire Damage, Household Wealth and Smart Apts

Dec 10, 2017 06:43

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... Southern California wildfires are causing billions of dollars in damage, household wealth is surging, and smart homes are turning into smart apartments.

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#407 - Denver Green Roofs

Dec 9, 2017 05:45

Description:

It was a hotly contested ballot initiative in Denver, but environmentalists won their battle for “green rooftops” in the last election. The Green Roof Initiative passed with 54 percent of the vote, and was certified on November 24th. Although Denver is not the first city to adopt a mandate for rooftop gardens on larger buildings, the Associated Press says Denver’s requirements are some of the most stringent.

The new ordinance requires rooftop gardens or solar panels for most newly constructed buildings with 25,000 or more square feet of space. The gardens would have to take up 20 to 60 percent of the space, depending on the size of the building. Buildings 25 to 60,000 square feet would be at the lower end of that requirement while buildings with more than 200,000 square feet would need to have the larger rooftop gardens.

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#406 - Underground Power Could Prevent Outages

Dec 8, 2017 04:38

Description:

Putting overhead electrical wires underground could help prevent massive power outages. We’ve seen Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria plunge millions of homes into darkness this year. But, are the benefits worth the high price of burying those lines in cities and neighborhoods that are already developed?

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#405 - Mortgage Fraud Frenzy in China

Dec 7, 2017 04:30

Description:

While U.S. real estate markets simmer, those in China are boiling over. There’s such a buying frenzy in China, that home prices were up 12.4% last year, and mortgage fraud is rampant to help buyers afford those high-priced homes. Rapidly rising prices along with bogus loan valuations are creating a bubble that could give the global economy a good jolt… if it bursts.

Reuters writes that mortgage fraud is running wild in China. Chinese homebuyers reportedly draw up separate agreements. One is a legitimate contract with the true home value and the other is a fraudulent document for the bank with a higher home valuation.

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#404 - Women to "Rule the World" with Buying Power

Dec 6, 2017 06:31

Description:

I have a story for you today that could be a big game changer if it comes to pass. An MIT professor just published a book on why he feels that older women will soon rule the world. He’s apparently not alone in his faith in the capabilities of women. Former President Obama recently said that we need more women in power because “men seem to be having problems.”

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#403 - IRS Goes After BitCoin Users Through Coinbase

Dec 5, 2017 06:09

Description:

Digital currency marketplace, Coinbase, is celebrating a partial victory in its fight to keep Uncle Sam out of customer accounts. A broad ranging request for user account information has been reduced to a fraction of the original request with far fewer pieces of information.

Crypto leader Bitcoin has grabbed the public’s attention this past year. As we just reported in another podcast, Bitcoin value has skyrocketed from around $1,000 in January to about $11,000 today with some wild fluctuations.

Although that volatility puts those profits at risk, it’s those gains that have snagged the attention of the IRS. With such a high multiple in value, some people have made “tons” of money, and it appears many haven’t reported that as income to Uncle Sam.

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#402 - News Brief - Higher Loan Limits for Fannie/Freddie, Tax Reform, and 2018 Hot Real Estate Markets

Dec 2, 2017 07:42

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... Fannie and Freddie are raising loan limits, tax reform may create a California exodus, and Realtor.com names hottest 2018 markets.

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#401 - How to Determine if You Are an Accredited Investor

Dec 2, 2017 10:34

Description:

Today’s crowdfunding platforms offer many new opportunities that investors may not have discovered in the past. However only accredited investors can participate. 

How do you become accredited?

There is no formal certification issued from an agency or institution that confirms you are accredited. 

Rule 501 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 allows investors to use two different criteria for determine if they are accredited. The investor only needs to comply to one of the following methods, according to the S.E.C.:

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#400 - A "Liberal" Hotel Opens Next to Trump's Hotel in D.C.

Dec 1, 2017 05:20

Description:

A new kind of hotel is opening in Washington D.C. that combines lodging with liberal politics. It’s what Bloomberg calls “the world’s first politically motivated hotel”. Guests will be immersed in liberal messages while they are there. It will open next year on the north side of the National Mall, about a half mile from the Trump hotel.

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#399 - Bitcoin Blasts Off

Nov 30, 2017 08:38

Description:

Bitcoin is skyrocketing in value as it gains more and more support from individual investors and larger financial institutions. And with profits burning a hole in some digital wallets, there are plenty of people pulling their money off the table, or spending on goods, services, and hard assets like real estate. But there are also concerns about a Bitcoin bubble as valuations soar to great heights.

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#398 - New Jobs in the Age of Robots

Nov 29, 2017 07:12

Description:

The rise of robotics and artificial intelligence has raised very real questions and concerns about the job market, but there’s a fascinating new report on how robotics will also create many new jobs -- and it provides a list of 21 new job titles that we might see in the next five to ten years.

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#397 - News Brief: Uber Data Breach Cover-Up, 2018 Rate Hikes & Top 5 Retirement Cities

Nov 28, 2017 06:39

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... rate hike predictions for next year, a massive data breach at Uber, and the five best cities for retirement.

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#396 - Great Success Begins with Gratitude

Nov 24, 2017 08:05

Description:

Thanksgiving is a time of appreciation and gratitude for all that has happened in the past year, and to look ahead with a positive focus. It’s that positive focus that will help drive our success, and to help us remember that the road to happiness is paved with gratitude, and not with gold.

When we get our staff members together for a meeting, we always begin with a positive focus. It helps to engage, connect, and inspire people in our group. As a result, we can interact with more confidence and creativity, and think more clearly as we share ideas. There’s even a name for what we do. It’s called “Positive Psychology” with scientific studies on how it’s a catalyst for happiness.


A website called “Becoming Minimalist” posted a blog listing ten significant studies on Positive Psychology. And I’d like to share a few of them with you today.

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#395 - Facebook Enters Rental Real Estate Market

Nov 23, 2017 04:16

Description:

Home listing sites like Zillow and Redfin may be shaking in their cloud-based data boots. They will be facing what could be a towering social media competitor. Facebook is going full-speed ahead with rental listings in its marketplace section, and plans on a significant expansion into the for-sale market.

If you haven’t explored Facebook’s Marketplace section, you will find a Housing tab with Property for Sale and Property Rentals under that tab. So, Facebook has already dipped its toe into the real estate pool, but now the social media goliath is moving forward more quickly with rental listings.

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#394 - Free Homebuilder School!

Nov 22, 2017 05:39

Description:

Home builders in Colorado have opened a free training program to address a massive shortage of construction workers. They launched the Colorado Homebuilding Academy last January which has only about 18 students. But, as CNBC reports: “homebuilders are desperate for all of them.”

The Academy is a non-profit organization that was founded by Denver-based homebuilder Oakwood Homes, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway’s Clayton Properties Group. Oakwood’s CEO Patrick Hamill told CNBC that the labor situation is getting worse every single year, and that: “We all know if we don’t do this, we’re not going to have a labor force to meet the needs of our industry.”

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#393 - Investor Biases That Can Destroy Wealth

Nov 21, 2017 06:26

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What if investors’ brains are wired to make the wrong decisions in real estate? A new research paper released by Fidelity International indicates we could be the victims of our own neural connections – at least when it comes to certain built-in biases about how risk, rewards, and geography affect our real estate portfolios.


According to new research from Fidelity International, real estate investors may not be as rational as we might like to think. Their study called, "Addressing built-in biases in real estate investment," applies behavioural psychology to the minds of commercial real estate investors.

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#392 - Newsbrief - Hilton Airbnb's, Vegas Goes Driverless, & More Millionaires

Nov 19, 2017 07:13

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a major hotel chain that embraces the Airbnb influence, a growing number of millionaires worldwide, and another step toward a driverless world.

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#391 - Tax Reform to Boost Commercial Real Estate & Business Owners

Nov 18, 2017 07:16

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As tax experts warn that the tax reform plan might deliver a huge blow to the residential real estate market, there could be some big benefits for commercial property owners. Among those who would benefit are real estate investors who operate as limited liability companies and sellers who want to do a 1031 exchange.

It’s impossible to predict how this tax reform challenge will play out among Congressional Republicans. I just did a podcast on the impact that tax reform might have on home-ownership and the housing industry. Today, I’d like to talk more about what’s on the table for real estate investors.

Get the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

 

#390 - Robots Taking Your Job?

Nov 17, 2017 07:41

Description:

The success of real estate investments tends to go hand-in-hand with job growth. Job growth drives population growth, which drives demand for housing and commercial real estate. 

But what if the nation is facing an across-the-board “threat” to job growth? Some futurists believe that about half of U.S. jobs will be replaced by robots over the next two decades, but we’ll start seeing big changes over the next five years.

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#389 - GOP Tax Reform Takes a Bite Out of Homeownership

Nov 16, 2017 06:40

Description:

The news is filled with headlines about tax reform and how that will affect taxpayers, homeowners, the housing market, and the economy in general. There’s already been a huge backlash against the House plan which came out first, and now we have the Senate version to evaluate, which hasn’t caused as much of an uproar -- yet.

The National Association of Realtors has been very vocal about its opposition to the House plan. It had previously warned that it would hurt homeownership -- particularly in states like California where tax benefits are badly needed to help offset high home prices and correspondingly high mortgage payments.

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#388 - FOREWARN: Helps Protect Real Estate Listing Agents

Nov 15, 2017 05:26

Description:

A new cell phone app is designed to give real estate agents “piece of mind” when it comes to their personal safety. Licensed agents can use the “Forewarn” app to do a background check on potential buyers and to help determine if it would be safe to meet with them alone on a home tour. According to one media source, the app will help identify opioid addicts who may be looking for prescription drugs inside for-sale homes.

The opioid crisis has reached a point that real estate agents need to worry about addicts in search of a fix. As CNBC reports, they are signing up for home tours so for the sole purpose of raiding the homeowner’s medicine cabinet.

Gt the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

 

#387 - Winterizing Your Properties Before It's Too Late

Nov 14, 2017 05:20

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With the winter season approaching, property owners and managers should make sure their rentals are ready for some bad weather. Freezing temperatures along with cold rain and snow can create a lot of trouble if you’re not prepared. It’s also a great time to check in with tenants.

Fall is a great time to do some seasonal maintenance before the worst of the weather hits us. If you live in states with freezing temperatures and snow, it’s especially important to prevent the freezing of pipes, faucets, and drains, and the creation of ice dams along the edge of the roof. But there are several things both outside and inside that you should be checking, including how well tenants are maintaining their units.

Get the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

 

#386 - News Brief - Easier Construction Loans and Top Housing Trends

Nov 12, 2017 05:59

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... what Fannie Mae is doing to make it easier to build homes, where homes are the most and least affordable, and the top five latest trends affecting the housing market.

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#385 - News Brief - Trump's New Fed Chief, Airbnb Builds Rentals, and the Best & Worst Rental Markets

Nov 11, 2017 07:36

Description:

We have two news briefs this week. Today’s will cover some of the big news of last week. and tomorrow’s show will cover the big news this week, and there’s lots going on! 

Last week, President Trump names a new Fed Chief, the best and worst rent deals in the nation, and what Airbnb is doing to get around local short-term rental restrictions.

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#384 - Natural Disasters Create Investing Opportunities

Nov 11, 2017 05:06

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Natural disasters have taken a toll on our housing markets these past few months. If it happens again, one leading economist says many markets simply “can’t take the shock” of more losses.


According to CNBC, at least 10,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed by wind, fire, or water just since August of this year. And many of these natural disasters hit areas that already had limited housing inventory.

The country was already struggling with a national labor shortage, and now a lot of the housing supply is expected to further tightened - in areas were there was already a problem.

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#383 - Tesla to Fix Puerto Rico's PowerGrid?

Nov 10, 2017 08:00

Description:

In just a few short weeks, Tesla is making good on a promise to help restore power to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory on September 20th, and caused widespread damage to the island’s electrical grid. Tesla is offering to rebuild that grid with solar power, and is putting words into action with the installation of a solar farm at a children’s hospital.

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#382 - MIT's First "Smart" Country Test

Nov 6, 2017 06:40

Description:

A small country in Europe has become a living laboratory for MIT researchers working on what they call “urban innovation”. They are collaborating with city planners, residents, and local companies to interactively test the effects of urban planning decisions and new technologies like driverless cars and ultra-lightweight three-wheeled autonomous vehicles that are shared and used like bicycles.

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#381 - Big Surge in Baby Boomer Renters

Nov 5, 2017 06:09

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Baby boomers set the housing market on fire when they came of age, but times have changed, and they are now flocking in droves to an easier lifestyle than one of homeownership. RentCafe looked at Census figures to come up with a snapshot of the renting world, and it found that people 55 years of age and older accounted for a huge increase in the renting population.

 

There was once a stigma associated to renting. Back when the Boomers were first booming, apartments were typically thought of as dingy, undesirable places to live. Younger folks lived in apartments until they could afford to buy their own homes, along with folks who were underemployed or were somehow at odds with society. But new trends in apartment living have changed those perceptions.

 

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#380 - Pot-Growing Tenants Are Now in Demand

Nov 4, 2017 06:49

Description:

The cannabis industry is booming, as more and more states move to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use. Just the pot market alone is likely to be a $6.5 billion market in just three years, up from $2.76 billion in 2015. That’s a compounded annual rate of 18.5 percent and does not even include associated income streams from real estate, IT and development, or employment.


Real estate investors have a hard time resisting those projected returns, but many do not want to be involved directly in cannabis cultivation or distribution. Fortunately, there are other options that are starting to take off.

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#379 - Driverless Cars to Transform the Real Estate Landscape

Nov 3, 2017 09:05

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Driverless cars may seem like a novelty to many of us but almost two dozen companies are racing to get them on the road in the next few years. It’s still a stretch of the imagination to visualize them as a common mode of transportation but if and when that happens, what other changes will that bring? Many people are speculating that autonomous cars will have a big impact on real estate, and how we live our lives.

Business Insider published a ranking of the 18 companies that are most likely to get those cars on the road first, and the one in the lead could make you feel a little nostalgic. Back in 1908, Ford’s Model T became the first mass-produced automobile for the buying public. And now, the Detroit-based automaker is leading the pack with plans to produce a fleet of driverless vehicles for the ride-sharing public by 2021.

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#378 - NewsBrief - Millennials Get Help & Big Brother is in the House

Nov 2, 2017 07:40

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a huge surge in new home sales, a new “mortgage merry-go-round” for Millennial home buyers, and a new security system that puts Amazon eyes and ears in your home.

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#377 - Orlando's Booming Economy and Retail Real Estate

Oct 26, 2017 08:30

Description:

Real Wealth Network is hosting it’s first East Coast Property Showcase in Orlando on Nov 4th and on Sunday, we’ll be hosting an income property tour of the area. Check it out: 

https://www.realwealthnetwork.com/first-property-showcase-east-coast/

Why Orlando?

Orlando is bustling with life, population growth, jobs, and a strong retail environment. We’ve heard so much about the demise of brick-and-mortar stores, but it seems that Orlando is bucking that trend as a major Central Florida shopping destination.

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#376 - Zillow Helps Landlords and Tenants Find Each Other

Oct 26, 2017 04:59

Description:

Zillow is launching what could be a powerful new tool for landlords and property managers. The company describes it as a cloud-based dashboard that will provide real-time consumer data and economic trends for the rental industry.

Zillow introduced its “Rental Inform” platform at a multifamily conference in Miami and released a beta version of it to a small group of real estate marketing professionals at that forum. It didn’t say exactly when it would make the platform available to other groups but expects to do that in the near future.

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#375 - "Riskier" Mortgages up 40%

Oct 25, 2017 05:27

Description:

As home prices continue to rise around the country, more and more buyers are considering something many thought they would never see again: adjustable rate mortgages, or ARMs.


ARMs were vilified during and after the housing crash, and many economists and investors today still have a knee-jerk reaction to them. Regardless, ARM's are back in style.


According to an analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance, the number of ARM originations jumped more than 40% between Q1 and Q2 of 2017. It’s not surprising.

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#374 - Vintage “Kit Homes” Back in Style

Oct 24, 2017 04:30

Description:

If you were around a hundred years ago, the idea of ordering a “kit home” was common. You could pick out the style you want from a catalogue and have all the materials delivered to your future doorstep. They were cheap back then, but today, those homes are commanding high prices as a piece of American history.

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent write-up on these vintage kit homes. It reports that a “Martha Washington” style home from Sears located in Washington, D.C., sold for $1.06 million last year. The buyer said of the home: “It was something that made it unique.” He also said of the quality of the home that is was “solidly built.”

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#373 - News in Brief - "Hottest" Rental Markets, Existing Homes Sales and Better Credit Security

Oct 22, 2017 06:40

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... a new ranking of hot markets for single-family rentals, a call for better credit agency data security, and a look at what TV characters would have to pay in real-world rents.

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#372 - Crowdfund Your Way Home

Oct 21, 2017 05:14

Description:

Our news team at Real Wealth Network loves to hear about the latest high-tech solution to real world problems, and there’s a new one for homebuyers who need help with a down payment. It’s a pilot program that’s based on the crowdfunding concept, along with buyer education, and the generosity of those who want to help out.

CMG Financial out of San Ramon, California, launched this new service with a website called HomeFundMe. It provides a way for prospective homebuyers to raise money for a down payment among family, friends, colleagues, and community members. And there are no fees. HomeFundMe says: “100% of the funds raised go to the recipient.” In other words, the money is considered a “gift” with no investment return for donors.

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#371 - Rent Control Breeds Crime - MIT Research Study

Oct 20, 2017 06:35

Description:

MIT researchers are adding to the debate on rent control with a new paper on the relationship between rent control and crime. While many people feel that rent control keeps people off the streets and away from a life of crime, this study found that by eliminating rent control, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, experienced substantially reduced crime rates along with billions of dollars in benefits to the city.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located in Cambridge, but that’s not why researchers used Cambridge as their study subject. They analyzed Cambridge because the city went through a unique transition from strict rent control rules to a sudden abolishment of the rules in 1995. That gave them information on crime rates and other data before and after the rules were eliminated.

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#370 - Northern California Fires: How to Help & How to Protect Yourself

Oct 19, 2017 06:51

Description:

Thousands of families and first responders are still dealing with the catastrophic fires in Northern California.  Over 6700 homes and businesses have been burned to the ground in Sonoma and Napa counties to date, along with the dreams of so many people.

Things can be replaced and properties can be rebuilt. The real tragedy is the death toll - 41 people and rising, with still over 60 missing.

Many of our Real Wealth Network members have undoubtedly been affected somehow. If you are someone who’s in need of housing or have housing to offer to someone else, please check out the service Airbnb is offering. If you have a spare bedroom, RV or even tent, you can help. You can also listen to today’s interview on the Real Wealth Show with the COO for the non-profit United Policyholders to see how you can donate.

Get the full story here at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

 

#369 - Lender Pays Off Student Loan Debt

Oct 18, 2017 04:53

Description:

Homebuilder Lennar is hoping to jumpstart the housing market with a new program for Millennials who are saddled with student debt. The mortgage arm of the company is offering to “pay” down that debt, as part of a new home purchase.

Eagle Home Mortgage is a subsidiary of Lennar, and announced that it’s launching this new program for people who can’t buy a home because they owe too much on their student loans. The program attempts to eliminate or at least “pay down” some of that debt, within certain parameters.

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#368 - News in Brief - Amazon's New HQ, Ghosts in Houses, and Rate Hikes

Oct 17, 2017 10:08

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… the Fed Chief casts more doubt on a December rate hike, there’s a new list of Amazon HQ2 candidates, and some homebuyers say they are not scared off by ghosts.

Get the full scoop at: NewsForInvestors.com

 

#367 - Hyperloop Could Hyper-Value Real Estate

Oct 14, 2017 07:29

Description:

Disruptive technologies are changing the face of the globe, and one that could revolutionize transportation would also be a monumental game changer for real estate. The high-speed Hyperloop system would make it possible to commute from distant locations that could suddenly skyrocket in value. 

The Hyperloop is a futuristic system of pods, or capsules, for both people and cargo that shoot forward inside vacuum tubes at speeds that could conceivably reach 700 miles per hour. The pods would be able to move at faster speeds because of the low-pressure environment that creates less resistance. The pods would also be suspended in mid-air using electromagnetic energy so there were be no track friction to slow them down. The air remaining in the tube would then be pumped from the front of the pod to the rear, propelling the pod forward toward an area with lower pressure.

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#366 - One Parent’s Story: $4,000 for 3 Years of College Housing

Oct 13, 2017 06:56

Description:

If the high cost of college housing is busting your budget, there is a way to offset those expenses, with big benefits over the long run. One California parent says her method is not only cutting college housing costs down to the bone, it’s also providing a valuable “life lesson” for her son.

Kaaren Hall of Irvine, California, is a single mom with two kids in college. Her business, uDirect IRA Services, helps people self-direct their IRA’s to invest in alternative assets, like real estate. She’s seen many investors get creative with their investing, so decided she would too.

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#365 - Creative Down Payment Tech-Solutions

Oct 12, 2017 05:43

Description:

A Seattle-based company is offering a new kind of “strings attached” deal to help homebuyers who don’t have the down payment. In exchange for the monetary assistance, buyers must agree to Airbnb a spare bedroom, and turn most of that income over to Loftium. But, is it a good deal for homebuyers?

Loftium founder Yifan Zhang says that, as millennials, she and her husband struggled to save money for their own down payment while they also paid for rent and student loan debt. And when they finally bought their own townhome, she realized the earning potential of the extra bedroom. She says her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and she launched Loftium, just recently, with another Airbnb entrepreneur.

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#364 - The "Retail Apocalypse" That Isn’t

Oct 11, 2017 08:06

Description:

We’ve been seeing headlines about store closings, and the slow death of brick-and-mortar stores. But a recent report shows the “flip” side of that story -- that there are actually more stores and restaurants opening this year, than closing. So the idea that communities may end up with a “dying mall” on their hands may be a little overplayed.

A new report called, “Debunking of the Retail Apocalypse”, was put together by the IHL Group which provides market analysis and recommendations for the retail industry. It starts off by tracing the “source” of the negative news stories that have caught fire recently.

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#363 - New Credit Scoring System Being Tested

Oct 11, 2017 06:21

Description:

The FICO score is no longer the only game in town. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a ruling that allows a California company called Upstart Network to use alternative data in determining a borrower’s creditworthiness. It’s a move that could potentially change the way banks do business, and open up the lending environment to people with little or no credit.

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#362 - News Brief - AirbnB for Biz, Amazon's HQ2 Frenzy and the Search for a New Fed Chief

Oct 8, 2017 06:51

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News Brief... we have a list of potential Fed Chief nominees, a new Airbnb partnership to lure business travelers, and some of the bizarre things that cities are doing to get Amazon’s attention.

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#361 - Equifax Hackers Hunt Your Accounts

Oct 7, 2017 08:31

Description:

That massive Equifax data breach has left many of us wondering what we should do about protecting our identities. Consumer data for almost half the U.S. population was exposed to hackers, and because the information is so comprehensive, it’s very risky for people with a lot of activity in their credit files -- such as home buyers and mortgage holders.

Equifax announced in early September that hackers may have stolen personal information from more than 145.5 million U.S. consumers from about mid-May through July. That number was recently revised “upward” from 143 million. The information that was compromised could include names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, social security numbers, and driver’s license numbers. Many people also had their credit card numbers and other personal documents stolen.

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#360 - How Tax Reform Could Affect U.S. Homeownership

Oct 6, 2017 07:52

Description:

Will President Trump’s tax reform proposal put a major dent in the housing market? Some experts say that by doubling the standard deduction, the mortgage interest deduction will lose relevance because taxpayers won’t bother to itemize, and that will, in turn, discourage people from buying homes. But are the tax savings the primary reason that people buy real estate?

The tax proposal would double the current standard deduction from about $6,000 to $12,000 for single filers, and $24,000 for couples. The mortgage interest deduction, or MID, would remain but state and local income and property tax deductions would disappear. Or, as Republican lawmakers have recently discussed, homeowners may get a choice between the MID and the property tax deduction. But they wouldn’t get both.

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#359 - Sky Gardens Required in Singapore

Oct 5, 2017 06:00

Description:

Sky gardens are becoming an essential part of the highrise environment in some countries. They provide a way to put greenery back into a city of concrete and tall buildings, but they also come with environmental challenges.

Sky gardens are not just rooftop gardens. They are living plants set into all the public spaces of tall buildings including terraces, balconies, interior public spaces, and the roof.

Singapore is a leader in the use of sky gardens. It’s well-suited for this kind of greenery because of the tropical climate and the dense urban landscape. It’s hot and humid all year round, which helps nourish elevated gardens. And, due to the lack of buildable land, the city has made it a requirement that developers replace 100% of the land used for building, with skyrise greenery.

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#358 - Zestimate Accuracy Improves - Judge Dismisses Lawsuit

Oct 4, 2017 06:10

Description:

Zillow is announcing better accuracy for its Zestimate home valuation tool, as it wins support from a judge, and has thousands of data scientists competing to make it even better. The contestants have their eyes on a big prize with about two months to go before the application deadline.

Zillow announced that it released a major Zestimate update, by transitioning all the data to Amazon Web Services. Zillow says it can process cloud-based data “three times faster” which allows its own data scientists to perform a series of calculations more quickly, and come up with more accurate results.

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#357 - News Brief - Housing Market Stalls, Warehouse Demand Soars and $350M for a Beverly Hills Mansion

Oct 1, 2017 08:48

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a housing market that has “essentially stalled”, surging demand for warehouse space, and a $350 million mansion for sale in Beverly Hills.

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#356 - Foreclosures Up From Reverse Mortgages

Sep 30, 2017 05:05

Description:

The federal government is raising the premiums and lower the loan limits on its reverse-mortgage program. It may sound like a take-away for seniors, but according to HUD, the changes are needed to protect the FHA’s entire insurance fund.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says the “home equity conversion mortgage” or HECM is a huge drain on the fund, and that without a quick fix, the fund will not have the reserves it needs to insure all of its single-family loan programs.

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#355 - Low-Cost Cities Boom with Blazing Fast Internet

Sep 28, 2017 06:11

Description:

Technology is making it easier for people to live just about anywhere. But if you want to live less expensively, and still “thrive” in today’s cutting edge world, there is one requirement -- you need to have high speed internet. It may sound like a contradiction, but having that internet access is making it possible for people to live the good life, off the beaten path, with very little need to work.


I’d like to share a story from a recent Forbes article about a woman and her fiance in Chicago. It was two years ago that Laura Cabrera and her beau decided that they had had enough of their corporate jobs and a high cost of living. They wanted to lower their overhead, and work from home on their own tech projects. They told Forbes: “We realized we didn’t need to live in Chicago anymore paying more than $2,000 in rent a month. We could live anywhere.”

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#354 - NY Hotelier Takes On Airbnb

Sep 28, 2017 06:09

Description:

Airbnb has changed the lodging industry, and now a world-famous hotelier is fighting back with his own big idea. Ian Schrager opened a 367-room hotel called “Public” this last summer in New York City. It’s a 4-star hotel, but Schrager eliminated a few typical hotel features to lower the rates, and added socially-engaging amenities to make the hotel as much of an entertainment hub, as it is a place to sleep.

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#353 - News Brief - Fed Un-Stimulus, Home Equity Increases, and Gun-Totin' Real Estate Agents

Sep 26, 2017 07:42

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… we have a report from the Fed on potential rate hikes, a healthy rise in home equity, and a look at how many real estate agents carry a gun.

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#352 - Hurricanes and Trump Policies Affect Contractors

Sep 22, 2017 06:31

Description:

Contractors can’t keep up with the demand for new housing, and one big reason for the bottleneck is a nationwide shortage of construction workers. A new survey shows that contractors are having a very difficult time finding qualified workers, and the situation is getting worse due to immigration issues, and the need for workers in areas hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Associated General Contractors of America conducted a survey with Autodesk, to determine the scope of this shortage, and it doesn’t look good. More than 1,600 contractors participated in the survey, and 70 percent of them said they are having a tough time filling jobs.

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#351 - Chinese “Pull Back” 85% of Overseas Investment

Sep 21, 2017 06:50

Description:

Business Insider says the Chinese pulled 84% of their overseas property investments globally in the first half of 2017. This is likely the result of the Chinese officials frowning on certain foreign investments that have been attractive to Chinese investors, according to Morgan Stanley. Real estate is of course, on that list... so how might this shift affect the U.S.?

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors said the property market in London is stagnant. According to Morgan Stanley, this could be due to the pullback of Chinese buyers. The investment firm says, “Over half the investment in London over the past year has come from Asian investors, and only 15% from the U.K.”

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#350 - Zillow: Next Recession by 2020?

Sep 19, 2017 07:24

Description:

The chance of a recession is rising, according to a new Zillow survey. Real estate economists and other experts surveyed say there’s a 52% chance of recession by the end of 2019 and a 73% chance of recession by the end of 2020. But these experts agree it would happen for entirely different reasons than the Great Recession of 2008.

Zillow and a company called Pulsenomics surveyed more than a hundred panelists about the risk of a recession as part of a recent Home Price Expectations Survey. And what they feel will trigger the next recession won’t be a banking crisis, or a subprime implosion, but rather a “geopolitical crisis”.

Get the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

 

#349 - News Brief - Equifax Insider Trading? & National Flood Insurance Update

Sep 19, 2017 08:27

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a new HUD Deputy Secretary, a reprieve for the National Flood Insurance Program, and a new “snooze button” feature on Facebook.

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#348 - Debt Ceiling Lifted Indefinitely?

Sep 15, 2017 07:57

Description:

It’s the first time in U.S. history that the national debt has passed the $20 trillion dollar mark. It zoomed past that milestone September 8th when President Trump signed legislation that suspended the debt ceiling for three months. By lifting that limit, the federal government is able to provide $15 billion for hurricane relief, but it also kicks the can down the road, for a debt ceiling standoff and possible government shutdown.

Republicans were stunned by the deal. Democratic leaders had proposed the idea, and the President quickly accepted it, despite objections from his own Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The Treasury Department has been resorting to so-called “extraordinary measures” to avoid meet its obligations under the previous debt ceiling, but once it was lifted, it was able to start borrowing money again immediately. That quickly pushed the national debt up another $317 billion dollars, with no upper limit through December 8th.

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#347 - Top Cities Scrambling to Get Amazon HQ2

Sep 14, 2017 05:09

Description:

Amazon has grabbed the attention of cities across North America. The online retail titan is soliciting proposals for a mammoth new “second” corporate headquarters. It won’t be a satellite campus. Amazon says it will be equal to its current Seattle headquarters, and employ as many 50,000 employees. That’s a goldmine for any local economy.

Amazon has created a flurry of excitement and speculation with its request for proposals. City newspapers are blaring the highlights of their own locale, while data analysts are trying to predict which city will carry the Amazon torch.

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#346 - Identifying the Path of Progress Through Renewable Energy

Sep 13, 2017 06:30

Description:

Buying land or real estate in front the path of progress can be highly profitable. And now, we have another indicator that tells us where that path is going.

I’m sure most people would agree that renewable, clean energy sources are are the future, so areas that are adopting these kinds of changes to their energy supplies may have even more plans for redevelopment. That leaves clues for real estate investors who are looking for up and coming markets.

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#345 - News Brief - Lenders Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims, Equifax Data Breach & Fancy Motels

Sep 12, 2017 07:21

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... Lenders are lending a hand to hurricane victims, Equifax is reporting a massive data breach, and the old no-tell motels are turning into cool places to stay.

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#344 - The Right Property Insurance for Natural Disasters

Sep 9, 2017 06:08

Description:

Massive flooding in Houston and now hurricanes barreling toward Florida have many homeowners and investors hoping they have the right insurance in place.

Here's how you can protect yourself and your property:

First, it’s your safety that matters most. Many people try to stay in their homes rather than deal with the evacuation process. While it may be a hassle to leave, take caution to protect yourself and your loved ones. These recent storms have been deadly, so get our of harms way.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said, “Hurricane Irma is a large and dangerous storm, capable of creating widespread damage, and it is crucial for consumers to understand their insurance coverage as they prepare their homes for Irma’s possible impact.”

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#343 - Low Housing Inventory = Opportunity

Sep 8, 2017 08:07

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It’s become a regular headline: that it’s low housing inventory that is responsible for fewer sales.  And with slow but steady economic growth, low unemployment, consumer optimism, and strong demand for housing, it seems builders would be scrambling to get new homes on the market, but sales of new inventory is still about a third of what it was in 2005. Both Freddie Mac and Trulia have a few answers on why we don’t have more homes on the market.

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#342 - Harvey's Impact on Real Estate Investors

Sep 7, 2017 08:03

Description:

Damage caused by Hurricane Harvey is leaving homeowners and investors calculating their losses. But for some, there is a potential for gains. While flooded properties are likely to drop in value, real estate experts are predicting that prices and rents will rise in areas that were not affected by the storm.

The experts are basing their estimates on past experience with Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. A levee failed and the city flooded, leaving many areas under 10 feet of water. More than a million people were displaced immediately after the hurricane, but as many as 600,000 were still unable to return home a month later.

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#341 - Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

Sep 7, 2017 05:25

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The cost of owning a home goes far beyond purchase price, taxes and insurance costs. Since many homeowner costs are hidden or simply unknown, Zillow recently came out with a list of potential costs that every buyer should calculate into their pro forma, especially if they are buying a home for the very first time.

According to Zillow, home buyers pay too much attention to what the mortgage payment might be without adding in all the other expenses. And there are several of them that may not sound like much individually, but they can add up.

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#340 - News Brief - Hurricane Harvey Aftermath, Warren Buffet Challenges Trumps Numbers, and Amazon Helping Apartment Owners

Sep 6, 2017 08:19

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett disagrees with the latest GDP numbers, Hurricane Harvey could be the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history, and Amazon is helping apartment building owners with package delivery.

Information for this podcast came from Market Watch, CNBC, Reuters, the National Apartment Association blog, and various press releases. We'll have links to all those stories at: NewsForInvestors.com

 

#339 - Landlords Needed! Rental Demand Exploding

Sep 1, 2017 06:38

Description:

Demand for rental housing has been rising for the last decade, and it’s not expected to slow down anytime soon. A recent analysis shows there will probably be enough renters to fill whatever developers can put on the market for the next ten years.

The latest research on the long-term outlook for rental apartments was commissioned by the Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association. The analysis shows there’s a shortage of rental apartments to meet the current demand, and that’s creating a huge challenge for the industry going forward.

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#338 - Hurricane Harvey Wreaks Havoc in Houston

Aug 31, 2017 04:17

Description:

Rainfall from Hurricane Harvey is reportedly the heaviest in history, causing massive flooding in the Houston area. 

President Donald Trump landed in Corpus Christi to meet with local officials and rescue services, but will not visit the hardest-hit parts of Texas.  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "the President wants to be very cautious about making sure that any activity doesn't disrupt the recovery efforts that are still ongoing.”  The President did say “You’re going to see very rapid action.”   Get the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#337 - Re-Purposing Vacant Bank Buildings

Aug 29, 2017 05:10

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Need a high-visibility commercial building with an imposing presence and a drive-thru, all at a competitive price? Your local bank may have the answer for you, and it’s not a business loan. As more and more customers do their banking online, physical bank buildings are emptying out their retail spaces and real estate investors are moving in.

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#336 - News in Brief - More $Million Homes, Yellen Contradicts Trump, & Mr Cooper Pays Your Mortgage

Aug 29, 2017 08:01

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… Janet Yellen may have sung her swan song, Mr. Cooper will pay your mortgage, and million dollar neighborhoods are on the rise.

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#335 - From Brownfields to Brightfields

Aug 26, 2017 06:45

Description:

It’s looking like a win-win situation for both solar power and landfills. Landowners with properties that are too contaminated for development are turning their “brownfields” into “brightfields”, with solar installations. It doesn’t matter if the property is unfit for human use. The only significant requirement is solar exposure in an open area along with access to the power grid, and maybe a few service roads.

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#334 - Trending: 55+ Housing Market

Aug 25, 2017 06:58

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It’s a niche market that’s getting the attention of investors and developers. The National Association of Home Builders says there’s strong demand in the 55+ housing sector, but when it comes to satisfying that demand, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution.

The association says that builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market rose 11 points in the last quarter, to a reading of 66. It’s also the 13th consecutive quarter that this Housing Market Index, or HMI, has been above 50. So, the housing market for active adults has been showing strength for at least three years. And it’s continuing. The reading is based on a median of 50, so anything above that indicates that more builders feel that conditions are good.

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#333 - Big Demand for Old, Used Building Materials

Aug 24, 2017 06:00

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Recycled materials are in high demand these days. Instead of demolishing old buildings with a wrecking ball, crews are carefully “deconstructing” them to preserve components that could be used again. You can even find reclaimed materials on display in Home Depot and Lowe’s.

The old method for clearing an obsolete building from a piece of property is to smash it to bits and haul it off to a landfill. Now with developers trying to give their buildings more character, and also trying to meet “LEED” green building standards, used building materials are a hot commodity. Construction Dive writes that deconstruction crews are taking “great pains” to avoid damage to materials like bricks, wood flooring, windows and doors, and other potentially reusable items.

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#332 - $20 Billion Merger = Giant Landlord

Aug 23, 2017 05:56

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It’s a sign that Wall Street investors feel that the single-family rental market is not slowing down. Two of the nation’s biggest SFR landlords are merging to form one landlord goliath. The all stock deal is expected to be good for stockholders, but you may be wondering what effect the merger will have on smaller landlords, tenants, and the single-family rental market as a whole.

The deal was announced as a “merger of equals” on August 10th between Invitation Homes and Starwood Waypoint, which was formerly known as Colony Starwood. Invitation brings 50,000 SFRs to the table, while Starwood brings 35,000. The combined entity will have 82,000 single-family rentals in 17 markets, and will keep the name Invitation Homes.

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#331 - News Brief - High Tech Cities, Where Builders are Building and Housing Bubble Fears

Aug 20, 2017 09:26

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… we’ll hear about housing bubble fears, which cities are winning the home-building race, and U.S. cities ranking the highest for high-tech.

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#330 - Money Can Grow on Trees

Aug 18, 2017 06:44

Description:

Who says money doesn’t grow on trees! Some environmentally conscious investors are proving that trees actually do produce money. They’re putting their real estate investment dollars into timber. But like any money-making venture, there are both risks and rewards.

Timber investing has typically been limited to large pension funds and institutional investors who have large amount of cash. But there are many more options now for individual investors who see value in timber -- especially in the wake of the financial crisis that has now produced a huge building boom.

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#329 - 10 Overheated Real Estate Markets

Aug 17, 2017 07:13

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Home prices are now hitting the bubble level in four of the ten largest metros. And it could be a warning for the rest of the nation.

Data analysis firm CoreLogic releases a monthly report on home prices. The one for June was just released, and it shows a 6.7% year-over-year increase in home prices from June of last year. They are still more than 16% below their peak, but CoreLogic says they’ve risen almost 50% since their lowest level during the downturn.

CoreLogic CEO Frank Martell says the steady rise in prices is due to the tight inventory, and that prices will continue to rise if we don’t solve the housing supply challenge. He says: “Home prices are marching ever higher, up almost 50 percent since the trough in March 2011. With no end to the escalation in sight, affordability is rapidly deteriorating nationally and especially in some key markets.”

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#329 - 10 Overheated Real Estate Markets

#328 - Tiny Home Hotels

Aug 16, 2017 05:49

Description:

The tiny house movement is turning into an investment opportunity for several forward-thinking entrepreneurs in Colorado. They created a tiny home destination for tourists a few years ago in a tiny town near Boulder that is now turning a profit. And, they are looking for developers and landowners to expand their business model to new locations.

Kenyon Waugh, Stephen Beck, and Jason Malito founded WeeCasa in 2015 with the help of three other investors. They began with $500,000 and 10 tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado. The property now has 22 tiny homes available for rent.

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#327 - Investors Buy Exclusive "Private Street" in SF

Aug 15, 2017 05:27

Description:

It’s a real estate bonanza for two Bay Area investors that has turned into a nightmare for one exclusive San Francisco community. The city auctioned off their “private street” for an unpaid $14-a-month tax bill and a San Jose couple snagged it for $90,000. That’s turned the gated cul-de-sac into a hornet’s nest of angry homeowners who want their street back. And it isn’t the first time this has happened.

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#327 - Investors Buy Exclusive "Private Street" in SF

#326 - News Brief - Google Competes with Airbnb, Skype Helps Close Loans

Aug 12, 2017 07:33

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... borrowers are using Skype to close their loans, housing affordability took a big dip in California, and Google is jumping into the short-term rental space.

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#326 - News Brief - Google Competes with Airbnb, Skype Helps Close Loans

#325 - Robots as Real Estate Appraisers

Aug 12, 2017 06:34

Description:

The next time you need an appraiser, it could be a robot. Technology is improving our lives in many ways, but it is also taking some things away, like jobs. When it comes to real estate appraisals, some technology forecasters say robots could replace humans in as little as five years.

There’s a new website that calculates the risk of losing your job to a robot. It’s called “Will Robots Take My Job?” You can plug in your job title and up pops a page with an “automation risk level”. And, for real estate appraisers, the website simply says: “You are doomed”.

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#325 - Robots as Real Estate Appraisers

#324 - Greenspan Warns of Bond Bubble and Rising Interest Rates

Aug 11, 2017 06:43

Description:

There is no stock bubble, according to former Fed Chief Alan Greenspan. He spoke out last week saying there’s a “bond bubble” and when it pops, it isn’t going to be pretty -- especially for long-term interest rates. But not everyone agrees with him.

The former Federal Reserve Chairman spoke with Bloomberg News, saying: “Real long-term interest rates are much too low and therefore unsustainable.” And that: “When they move higher they are likely to move reasonably fast.”

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#324 - Greenspan Warns of Bond Bubble and Rising Interest Rates

#323 - Best Places to Airbnb Your Property

Aug 10, 2017 08:08

Description:

It sounds too good to be true: You buy a vacation home in your favorite spot to relax, then rent that property out whenever you’re not using it to pay the mortgage and bring in a tidy profit.

It’s actually a pretty tried-and-true process, and real estate investors have been doing it for years to pay for beach homes, condos in Vegas, and retreats in tropical paradises. However, now that Airbnb is in the mix, more people are getting in on this strategy and, not surprisingly, more people are making mistakes. Be sure to watch your back – and your wallet – if you are hoping to make a mint on vacation properties on Airbnb.

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#323 - Best Places to Airbnb Your Property

#322 - Avoiding Buyer's Remorse in Real Estate

Aug 9, 2017 04:53

Description:

Buyer’s remorse is something we want to avoid, and and that’s especially when it comes to real estate because it’ comes at a high price. We consider, evaluate, and scrutinize all the options to make a decision, but quite often, homebuyers wish they had done things differently. Trulia just came out with a survey that could help keep you from making the same mistakes.

Trulia’s “Real Estate Regrets” survey shows that 44% of Americans have a regret about the home they currently live in or the process they went through to choose it. It covers questions about buying vs. renting, wanting a larger or smaller home, remodeling decisions, and feelings of financial security. Both buyers and renters contributed including renters who feel that “renting” was a mistake.

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#322 - Avoiding Buyer's Remorse in Real Estate

#321 - News Brief - Landlord Loses Property for Short Term Rentals, Apple is the New Anchor, and Dog Days are Here

Aug 8, 2017 06:56

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News Brief - Landlord Loses Property for Short Term Rentals, Apple is the New Anchor, and Dog Days are Here

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... a landlord loses control of his properties after tenants violated city rules on short-term rentals, Apple Stores are becoming the mall’s best friend, and homeownership is going to the dogs among millennial buyers.

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#321 - News Brief - Landlord Loses Property for Short Term Rentals, Apple is the New Anchor, and Dog Days are Here

#320 - Big Banks Offering Fewer Mortgages

Aug 5, 2017 05:55

Description:

This year, big banks are making fewer mortgage loans than they did last year, and some of the former “major players” in the industry are moving away from mortgage loan origination rather than trying to resolve the problems they face. This represents a big opportunity for investors, but only if you understand the risks and rewards of getting into the lending side of real estate.

In mid-July, three major players in the banking industry, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase, all reported their financial results for the second quarter of 2017. For all three banks, mortgages were “not a significant driver of revenue.”

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#320 - Big Banks Offering Fewer Mortgages

#319 - Lennar Wires for WIFI

Aug 3, 2017 07:11

Description:

Smart homes home are going mainstream. The nation’s #2 homebuilder, Lennar, is introducing new smart homes that are “Wi-Fi Certified” and ready-to-go when the buyer clicks open the front door. But while Lennar and others are cutting the cord on wires, critics say they are making a big mistake.

Lennar says it is pre-wiring homes to provide a robust wi-fi signal in every room, and that smart devices are also pre-installed, including Amazon’s Alexa as the voice controller. The certification comes from the Texas-based Wi-Fi Alliance which is a network of companies working to meet standards of quality and compatibility.

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#319 - Lennar Wires for WIFI

#318 - VA Releases Distressed Property

Aug 3, 2017 06:16

Description:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) plans to dispose of more than 400 buildings around the country in the next two years, and it’s possible that real estate investors could benefit from the national sell-off. However, complicated guidelines surrounding the process could make these “deals” less attractive to real estate investors looking to purchase properties with good upside potential.

According to VA secretary David Shulkin, the VA will basically do anything it can to eliminate about 430 buildings located around the country that are presently a drain on VA resources. He said that the VA would not rule out “any exact method” of disposing of a building.

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#318 - VA Releases Distressed Property

#317 - Farms Move Into Grocery Stores

Aug 1, 2017 07:06

Description:

It’s a new concept for retail real estate. A German company is hoping to put a farm in every store to provide customers with the freshest possible produce. “Infarm” has already had success with a pilot farm in Berlin and it’s now partnering with Germany’s largest supermarket chain to get more of these micro-farms in operation.

Infarm is a small Berlin-based startup that’s developing a modular vertical farming system that will allow the growing of food inside stores, restaurants, and other customer-oriented locations. It solves that “last mile” problem where transportation can chop days off the life of fresh produce, and provides a “zero mile” solution because customers can literally pluck their own produce.

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#317 - Farms Move Into Grocery Stores

#316 - News Brief - Amazon Patents Underwater Warehouses, Chicago the "Greenest" City, and Mixed News on Home Sales

Jul 30, 2017 08:32

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News Brief... rents hit an all-time high, Chicago bumps San Francisco as the greenest city, and Amazon wants to put warehouses underwater.

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#316 - News Brief - Amazon Patents Underwater Warehouses, Chicago the "Greenest" City, and Mixed News on Home Sales

#315 - Why the Slowdown in Solar?

Jul 28, 2017 07:42

Description:

The solar industry is experiencing some growing pains! For the first time in 16 years, the industry is experiencing a slowdown, with the biggest decline in sunny California. The industry is maturing, and undergoing several changes that are affecting the way utilities and installers do business, and the cost of solar for property owners.

Solar power is an attractive energy source for many reasons, especially if you live in a place where you get a lot of sun. You reduce your carbon footprint which is a great contribution to the fight against global warming. You also reduce your dependency on big energy companies and your monthly energy costs.

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#315 - Why the Slowdown in Solar?

#314 - Will Fannie and Freddie Survive a Trump Administration?

Jul 27, 2017 06:54

Description:

Most of us know Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as government-sponsored mortgage giants that have largely taken over the mortgage market since the housing crisis. Did you know, however, that they were originally formed by president Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of his New Deal intended to provide local banks with federal money for mortgages?

While it seems unlikely that the “government-sponsored enterprises” (GSEs) as they are known today, will ever return to quite such a minor position in the housing market, it does appear that our current administration is about to attempt some sort of change to their current role. Investors should watch closely, because anything that affects mortgage availability and affordable housing affects us all. 

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#314 - Will Fannie and Freddie Survive a Trump Administration?

#313 - Multi-Families Turn Into “Pop-Up Hotels”

Jul 26, 2017 05:51

Description:

Is it a another controversial use of housing that’s advertised on Airbnb or a great idea for apartment buildings with vacancies? Several new startups are betting on the “great idea” half of that question by turning vacant units into hotel rooms until they can be rented out.

WhyHotel started experimenting with the idea near Washington, D.C. during the Trump inauguration. The company anticipated a lodging shortage and provided 50-furnished units in a 22-story apartment building called “The Bartlett” in Arlington’s Pentagon City. They were ready by January 13th, in time for the big event.

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#313 - Multi-Families Turn Into “Pop-Up Hotels”

#312 - Construction Without Humans by 2050

Jul 25, 2017 07:45

Description:

The days of worksite construction crews are disappearing, and the age of remote-controlled robotic building machines are heading our way. A new report by Balfour Beatty on how technology will impact the infrastructure business says that by 2050, we will see construction sites with robotic cranes, diggers, and automated builders, but not a human in sight.

Balfour Beatty is a company of engineers, builders, analysts, consultants, and project and facilities managers, according to the website. It finances, designs, and manages the development and construction of vital infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, tunnels, seaports, and large health and education facilities.

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#312 - Construction Without Humans by 2050

#311 - News Brief - Facebook Enters Real Estate, Home Builder Confidence Declines and NY Landlords Get Fined

Jul 23, 2017 07:03

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News Brief... home builders show signs of pessimism in the midst of plenty, Facebook is getting into the real estate business, and landlords trying to do the right thing, are getting slapped with fines.

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#311 - News Brief - Facebook Enters Real Estate, Home Builder Confidence Declines and NY Landlords Get Fined

 

#310 - 49% Surge in U.S. Home Sales to Foreign Buyers!

Jul 22, 2017 05:39

Description:

We may feel that prices are getting too high in the U.S. but our real estate is attracting foreign buyers in record numbers. A new reports shows a 49% surge in the amount of money foreigners spent on U.S. residential real estate to a record $153 billion dollars. And, it says that most of the buyers were from Canada.

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#310 - 49% Surge in U.S. Home Sales to Foreign Buyers!

#309 - How Staging Sells Homes Faster

Jul 21, 2017 06:01

Description:

Staging a home could be your ticket to a fast sales transaction. A new survey by the National Association of Realtors shows that putting in the time and effort to pretty up your home could pay off with a quicker sale “and” a higher selling price.

There’s always the home that will sell no matter what, but this new survey shows that staging a home can make it easier for buyers to make a decision, so the process is faster. According to the survey, almost two-thirds of seller agents say that staging will decrease the time a home is on the market. More than half of them say it “greatly” reduces the time while the others say is slightly decreases the time.

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#309 - How Staging Sells Homes Faster

#308 - Trump Tax Reform Could Hurt the Middle Class & the Housing Market

Jul 20, 2017 07:44

Description:

When President Trump was running for office, he made a lot of big commitments. Whether you love him, hate him, or are just trying to ignore the current political climate entirely, his success or failure in keeping those commitments will affect your real estate investing strategies and returns. One of the biggest effects will be how tax reform, if he achieves it, will change the housing industry.

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#308 - Trump Tax Reform Could Hurt the Middle Class & the Housing Market

#307 - News Brief - Amazon in Real Estate Biz? Plus: Yellen's Fed Testimony

Jul 18, 2017 06:50

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News Brief... highlights from the Fed Chief’s testimony to Congress, an Amazon teaser about a potential real estate service, and an apology from RealtyTrac for a scandalous Tweet.

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#307 - News Brief - Amazon in Real Estate Biz? Plus: Yellen's Fed Testimony

#306 - Major Lending Changes in FICO Scoring and Debt Ratios

Jul 15, 2017 05:04

Description:

There are two big changes for borrowers this month, that should make it easier for millions of people to get home loans. One change is coming from the three big credit reporting agencies. The other is coming from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. If you have had trouble qualifying for a loan, these changes may give you the break you’ve been waiting for.

Starting this month, credit reporting agencies Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian will eliminate some tax liens and civil judgments from many of their customer profiles. It’s part of an initiative called the “National Consumer Assistance Plan” to improve the accuracy of credit reports.

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#306 - Major Lending Changes in FICO Scoring and Debt Ratios

#305 - U.S. Economy in "The Ninth Inning"

Jul 14, 2017 09:36

Description:

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave her semiannual testimony to the House financial services committee on Capitol Hill yesterday. She said modest GDP growth combined with gains in the job market are two of the reasons why the Fed will continue with it's plans to sell off over $4 trillion in debt and mortgage-backed securities on its balance sheet. As you may recall, this debt was built up during the financial crisis.

But then she shared her concerns about economic uncertainty due to the Trump administration, given it has not yet succeeded in cutting taxes, slashing regulations, renegotiating trade deals, or rebuilding American infrastructure. 

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#305 - U.S. Economy in "The Ninth Inning"

#304 - Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Could Open More Retail Stores

Jul 13, 2017 05:52

Description:

The announcement that Amazon is buying Whole Foods is shaking up the food retail industry. And, while it may be a game changer for the way people shop for food in the future, it could also create big opportunities for real estate investors and developers.

I’ve done other podcasts on the crumbling empire of some retail businesses as more and more people shop online. In a recent article, CNBC wrote that store closings have tripled so far this year with 5,300 store closing announcements through June of this year. That’s almost as many store closings as there were for the entire year in 2008, at the beginning of the Great Recession.

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#304 - Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Could Open More Retail Stores

#303 - Short-Term Rental Debate Heats Up

Jul 12, 2017 09:14

Description:

The short-term rental debate is heating up everywhere! Cities across the U.S. are adopting regulations in response to community feedback and other concerns. But in the middle of this tug of war are property owners who say they are being unfairly impacted by rules that infringe on their property rights.

Like any good argument, there are always at least two sides to consider. In the case of short-term rentals, there are the pros and cons of short-term rentals plus the impact of any restrictions.

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#303 - Short-Term Rental Debate Heats Up

 

 

#302 - News Brief - Redfin IPO, New CA Real Estate Fee, and More Retail Store Closings (and Openings!)

Jul 8, 2017 07:47

Description:

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief the central bank offering a glowing assessment of the economy. Other reports show that home affordability has hit a nine-year low, and that stores across the nation are closing at a more rapid pace than expected.

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#302 - News Brief - Redfin IPO, New CA Real Estate Fee, and More Retail Store Closings (and Openings!)

#301 - Buy a Home and Eat Your Avocado Toast Too!

Jul 8, 2017 05:09

Description:

When did avocado toast become a thing?  It’s been in the headlines lately as the reason that millennials can’t buy homes. But a San Francisco mortgage company says you can afford to buy your home and eat your avocado toast too!
 
Millennials who buy a home during the month of July don’t have to sacrifice their avocado toast to get a loan. Mortgage company SoFi is responding to jokes about millennials spending all their money on avocado toast, and is now offering a free month’s worth of avocado toast to people who buy a home with a SoFi mortgage.

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#301 - Buy a Home and Eat Your Avocado Toast Too!

#300 - Chinese Buyers Set Sights (and Yuan) on Florida Real Estate

Jul 7, 2017 05:57

Description:

Foreign buyers have a huge impact on our real estate market, but it’s the Chinese who are continually pushing the envelope when it comes to buying into particular U.S. regions. And one that’s big on their radar right now… is Florida.

I’ve talked about how wealthy Chinese investors have been affecting home prices in some of our hottest markets in a previous podcast. They helped escalate prices in places like San Francisco and New York. And then when home prices get too high, they move on.

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#300 - Chinese Buyers Set Sights (and Yuan) on Florida Real Estate

#299 - Better Bust Those Bed Bugs! (New Rules for Landlords in CA)

Jul 6, 2017 04:32

Description:

Talking about bed bugs is almost like talking about dirty underwear. No one wants to mention the unmentionables, but starting July 1st, California landlords will be required to make written bed bug disclosures to all new tenants. Tenants will also have new responsibilities.

So, no one likes bed bugs. They bite you when you are sleeping and poop on your mattress. And, they are extremely difficult to get rid of so it’s not a bad idea to keep a potential bed bug situation from happening in the first place, or from getting out of control.

Under the new law, landlords must provide bed bug disclosures to new tenants as part of the lease agreement. The same kind of notice must be provided to existing tenants starting July 1st of next year. This disclosure is basically a way to educate tenants about bed bugs including how you identify them, their behaviors, the importance of notifying landlords about suspected infestations, and the need for tenant cooperation in their eradication.

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#299 - Better Bust Those Bed Bugs! (New Rules for Landlords in CA)

#298 - Harvard's State of the Nation's Housing Report

Jul 4, 2017 06:06

Description:

A new study out of Harvard shows that more renters will be buying their own homes this year. The report says there’s evidence that the homeownership rate is finally bottoming after 12 years and that homeownership will increase. That may sound like bad news for landlords, but according to this study, there’s no need to worry.

The 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing Report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies shows the number of renter households experienced a 12th consecutive year of growth from 2015 to 2016. The U.S. rental market added 600,000 renter households during that time. That represents a slowdown in growth, but the rental trend is still strong.

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#298 - Harvard's State of the Nation's Housing Report

#297 - News Brief - Existing, Pending and New Home Sales, Increase in Tear Downs

Jul 1, 2017 07:49

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief, interest rates have not lost their luster for bargain hunters. Builders are also tearing down more homes to make room for new, affordable homes, and Bank of America is clearing up a misconception about Millennials and financial responsibility.

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#297 - News Brief - Existing, Pending and New Home Sales, Increase in Tear Downs

#296 - Google Gets in the Real Estate Biz

Jul 1, 2017 06:31

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Google parent company Alphabet is spending about $30 million on housing, and it could change the way that the West Coast thinks about real estate. With affordable housing at an all-time low in many areas of the country and the shortage particularly serious in California, Alphabet is hoping to literally change the face of affordable housing. Real estate investors should watch carefully since Silicon Valley and Google are known for setting trends in all sorts of industries when they get involved.


While skyrocketing home values and huge demand for housing is great for people who already own homes in the area, it’s pricing most of the buying population right out of the equation, and even renters are feeling serious pain. 

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#296 - Google Gets in the Real Estate Biz

#295 - Pet Discrimination Can Be Costly!

Jun 30, 2017 08:04

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Pet ownership is exploding in the U.S. especially when it comes to our furry canine friends. Although landlords can set the rules on whether they accept “pets” or not, there are strict federal rules that protect animals that provide “assistance”, and the violations can be costly. One Reno apartment complex owner found out the hard way.

The Rental Housing Journal reports that the owner and manager of several Reno apartment complexes has agreed to pay $20,500 to settle four pet discrimination complaints. It began with allegations by a prospective tenant who claims she was turned away because she had an emotional support animal.

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#295 - Pet Discrimination Can Be Costly!

#294 - Could a London-type Inferno Happen on Your Property?

Jun 30, 2017 07:44

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There’s big concern about fire safety after a devastating residential high-rise fire in London that killed at least 79 people. The fire raced up the “outside walls” of the 24-story building because the siding was flammable. That’s raising questions about whether that kind of fire can happen here in the U.S.

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#294 - Could a London-type Inferno Happen on Your Property?

#293 - More Appraisers Leaving the Industry

Jun 28, 2017 05:41

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Real estate appraisers are leaving the industry at a faster rate, thanks to increased regulations, higher expenses, and falling levels of compensation for their services. As appraisers exit the industry for other careers or simply retire out of active service, industry leaders warn that appraiser “shortage” problems are likely to increase in magnitude and impact.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the number of active appraisers  today is about 23 percent lower than it was in 2007. That may partly be due to the housing crash, which drove many real-estate-related professionals into other fields of work. But Jim Amorin, President at the Appraisal Institute, said that “excessive regulation” is the main reason that appraisers are leaving the industry.

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#293 - More Appraisers Leaving the Industry

#292 - Improvements with the Highest ROI

Jun 27, 2017 08:32

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When renovating a property, it’s important to have a good grasp of the numbers far in advance. And most importantly, you need to know which improvements will give you the best “bang for your buck” while still fitting your budget. Remodeling Magazine’s recent report provides some valuable insight on which home improvements are paying off and which will simply cost you more than you would make in a resale.

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#292 - Improvements with the Highest ROI

#291 - How Much “House” for $300,000

Jun 23, 2017 07:01

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When it comes to buying a house, it’s good to know how much house you can afford, and whether you can get a better deal in the next town, or the next state. Gobankingrates.com did some research on what you can buy for $300,000 in each one of our 50 states, and Washington, D.C.
 
The website put the list together by finding the median price for listings, and then dividing that median price by 300,000 to come up with a dollar-per-square-foot value. Of course, cities within each state will vary but you can get some idea of how the states compare.

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#291 - How Much “House” for $300,000

#290 - Surge in First-time Homebuyers

Jun 22, 2017 11:21

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First-time homebuyers are back into the market, according to a new report. It says that millions of people were shut out of the housing recovery, but that now we’re now at the start of a new “surge” in first-time home buying activity. This is great for the future wealth of those new homeowners, but should landlords be concerned about a drop in rental demand?

Genworth Mortgage Insurance compiled what it says it a first-of-its-kind look at this trend. It’s called “First-Time Homebuyer Market Report. Researchers went back 20 years for data on homes sales to first-time buyers. That allowed them to compare monthly and quarterly sales data to the national housing market
 
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#290 - Surge in First-time Homebuyers

#289 - Development Boom in Medical Hub Spells Opportunity

Jun 21, 2017 06:51

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After Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969 from industrial pollution, the city became known as “the mistake on the lake,”. But things have changed since then. Today, people are still saying Cleveland is on fire, but this time they are referring to its real estate market.

So, what’s going on in Cleveland?

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#289 - Development Boom in Medical Hub Spells Opportunity

#288 - Price and Rent Reductions Increase

Jun 20, 2017 05:01

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After five years of rapidly rising rents and home prices, we’re seeing an increase in price cuts. Both landlords and sellers are lowering their prices, in the midst of the spring homebuying season. Trulia just came out with a report on the extent of those cuts and more importantly, whether property owners and landlords should be concerned.

What Trulia’s latest report shows is that almost one in 10 rental listings had a rent cut. That’s almost 10% of all rental listings that had price reductions and represents an increase in price reduction of more than one percent, compared to last year. The data also shows that during the first three months of this year, the rate of those rental cuts was not quite as dramatic. They only increased a half a percent. Trulia says the slowdown in price cuts could indicate that rents are stabilizing after the recent run-up.

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#288 - Price and Rent Reductions Increase

#287 - News Brief - Cash-Out Refi's Rise, Rates Drop, Housing Starts Slow

Jun 18, 2017 07:37

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… The Federal Reserve hiked the overnight lending rate a quarter percent, for the second time this year. The 30-year-fixed rate hit a seven-month low, prior to Wednesday’s rate hike. There’s also a new profit-sharing option for homebuyers who need help with a down payment.

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#287 - News Brief - Cash-Out Refi's Rise, Rates Drop, Housing Starts Slow

#286 - Millennials Level Out Racial Diversity in Real Estate

Jun 17, 2017 05:50

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Owning real estate is one of the most common methods for building wealth in America. For some, that wealth-building begins and ends with owning their own home. For others, it extends to investments in real estate. Demographic trends in homeownership can tell us a great deal about the look of our own futures as real estate investors and as a society.

According to a recent report by Zillow, the gap in homeownership between white Americans and African Americans is nearly the same as it was more than a century ago. About 70 percent of the white population owns their own home, while just over 40 percent of the black population does (a gap of roughly 30 percent). In 1900, just over 50 percent of the white population owned their own home, and just over 20 percent of the African American population did, also a gap of roughly 30 percent.

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#286 - Millennials Level Out Racial Diversity in Real Estate

 

#285 - 2nd Fed Rate Hike Suggests Caution

Jun 16, 2017 07:34

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The Federal Reserve kept their promise and raised interest rates for the second time this year by a quarter point on Wednesday. Some critics say it’s too late. Others say it’s too soon.

When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, it’s has more to do with the money supply and monitoring the economy than it does with 30 year fixed rate mortgages or consumer loans. Short term loans, like equity lines, adjustable rate mortgages and revolving credit card rates could increase. This nuance is often confused by media outlets.

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#285 - 2nd Fed Rate Hike Suggests Caution

 

#284 - The *New* Underwater Threat for Miami

Jun 15, 2017 08:54

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Being “underwater” is what a lot of homeowners experienced during the housing meltdown, but for people in Miami, that term is gaining a whole new meaning - one that is perhaps, more fitting. There are about 2.5 million people in Miami-Dade County, and if the latest scientific analysis is right, the ocean could rise enough to flood all of South Florida by the turn of the next century.

This new study used a satellite technique to determine how fast the Earth’s oceans are rising. It claims that before 1990, the sea was rising about 1.1 millimeters per year. That’s a faster rate than previous studies have shown. It also shows the rate of sea-level rise almost tripled to 3.1 millimeters per year from 1990 to 2012. Scientists say that may not seem like a large amount but that even small increases in the sea level can cause major flooding and more deadly storm surges.

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#284 - The *New* Underwater Threat for Miami

#283 - Forbes "Fastest Growing Cities"

Jun 14, 2017 06:37

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Every year, Forbes releases a list of “fastest-growing cities.” In 2017, six of the top 10 were located in Florida. This type of list can be a great conversation starter, but sometimes investors can be misled into thinking a city on the list is automatically a good place to invest. Understanding how these lists work is the key to using them to pick good real estate investments.

For the Forbes list, analysts use Moody’s Analytics data, data from the Census Bureau, and information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to compile a list of “fastest-growing” cities. The term “fastest-growing” does not just mean that they are getting bigger, either.

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#283 - Forbes "Fastest Growing Cities"

#282 - Trump's House “Does a Number” on Dodd Frank

Jun 13, 2017 06:49

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President Trump promised to “do a big number” on Dodd Frank and House Republicans have delivered. While it attempts to reduce regulations that are allegedly strangling banks and the lending environment, there are concerns that it also raises the risk of another financial crisis.  But the newly-approved Financial Choice Act is far from a done deal.

House Republicans approved Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s bill in a 233 to 186 party-line vote. Just one Republican voted against it, along with all House Democrats. The legislation is a Republican-led effort to roll back regulations that were put into place after the financial crisis. According to President Trump, and many Republicans, Dodd Frank goes overboard. They say it has made it tough for banks to provide mortgages, and is a prime reason the economic recovery has been so slow. Hensarling says the economy is “poised to take off” but that it’s not going anywhere with Dodd-Frank in its current form.

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#281 - Trump's House “Does a Number” on Dodd Frank

#281 - News Brief - June 5-10 - Interest Rates, Senior Housing, New Loan Guidelines

Jun 13, 2017 05:08

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In this week's Real Estate News in Brief we have another drop in interest rates, an increase in mortgage loan activity, and renewed interest in senior housing. Plus, where you can go to find “affordable” beach front property.

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#281 - News Brief - June 5-10 - Interest Rates, Senior Housing, New Loan Guidelines

#280 - Bubbly or Underwater? Which U.S. Markets Have an UpSide or DownSlide ?

Jun 9, 2017 08:40

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It’s been ten years since the housing euphoria of 2007 dropped into the depths of a recession, and wiped out trillions of dollar in home equity. The economy has been slowly recovering since then, and the latest report from Zillow says the national median home value has finally returned to pre-recession levels. But does that mean we are at risk of another housing bubble?
 
Back in April of 2007, the national median home value was $196,600. Zillow reports that over the last year, its Home Value Index rose 7.3% and hit $198,000 in April of this year, surpassing the 2007 level by 1%.

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#280 - Bubbly or Underwater? Which U.S. Markets Have an UpSide or DownSlide ?

#279 - Where High Property Taxes Kill Cash Flow

Jun 7, 2017 06:57

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Property tax is one of the costs that can vary a lot in the United States. It can run from an extreme high to an extreme low and make a huge difference on your monthly house payment. Buy do you know how your tax level compares with the rest of the country?  

Property taxes can take a big bite out of your bank account every month so it’s good to how much of a bite when you are shopping around for a home. Daren Blomquist of research firm ATTOM Data Solutions says that: “Property taxes are one of those potentially hidden costs that folks may not think about.”

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#279 - Where High Property Taxes Kill Cash Flow

#278 - Florida's Housing Market is HOT Again

Jun 6, 2017 06:31

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The sun is shining on the Florida housing market. Florida realtors say the year began with a jump in sales for single family homes, along with higher prices. Zillow also named Orlando and Tampa as the best two cities in the nation for first-time homebuyers. And, of course with lower  prices and strong sales growth, they are also great for investors.

The Florida Realtors group says that sales are up 5.1% in the sunshine state for the first quarter of this year compared to last year. That includes a higher number of traditional sales and fewer foreclosures and short sales.

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#278 - Florida's Housing Market is HOT Again

#277 - News Brief - $70M Home Sale, Interest Rates & Best Paint Colors

Jun 4, 2017 07:45

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In this week’s Real Estate News in Brief, we have a new record “low” for foreclosures, home paint colors that sellers need to know about, and an epic Malibu estate that sells for an epic price.

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#277 - News Brief - $70M Home Sale, Interest Rates & Best Paint Colors

#276 - The Top 10 Biggest Comeback Cities

Jun 3, 2017 09:19

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While it appears that U.S. housing has made a full recovery since the 2008 housing crash, it actually isn’t true for all U.S. markets. Some cities have redefined themselves since the Great Recession, others have recovered and comeback with even greater strength, and some areas continue to struggle with an oversupply of distressed, bank-owned homes.

Realtor.com analyzed the various markets and came up with a list of Top 10 Cities that have had the Biggest Comeback in U.S. Real Estate.

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#276 - The Top 10 Biggest Comeback Cities

#275 - Seller-Financing "Deals" Under Scrutiny

Jun 2, 2017 09:45

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If you’ve ever been to a traditional real estate investing seminar, then you’ve heard that you can buy real estate without using your own money. One of the ways to do this is through a strategy called “seller financing.”

While this has been a fantastic way to acquire property for both investors and homebuyers, it holds some huge pitfalls for the uninformed. And now, Fannie Mae is getting involved to try to protect the buyers in these deals.

 

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#275 - Seller-Financing "Deals" Under Scrutiny