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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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Aug 19, 2017

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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Aug 18, 2017

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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Aug 16, 2017

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

Aug 15, 2017

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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Aug 15, 2017

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

Aug 12, 2017

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

Aug 11, 2017

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

Aug 10, 2017

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

Aug 9, 2017

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

Aug 9, 2017

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

Aug 8, 2017

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

Aug 5, 2017

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

Aug 2, 2017

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

Aug 2, 2017

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

Jul 31, 2017

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

Jul 29, 2017

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

Jul 27, 2017

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?

Jul 26, 2017

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?

Jul 26, 2017

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”

Jul 25, 2017

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

Jul 22, 2017

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

 

Jul 22, 2017

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!

Jul 20, 2017

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

Jul 19, 2017

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

Jul 18, 2017

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

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