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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

Jul 15, 2017

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

Jul 13, 2017

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"

Jul 12, 2017

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

Jul 12, 2017

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



Jul 8, 2017

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!)

Jul 7, 2017

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!

Jul 6, 2017

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

Jul 6, 2017

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)

Jul 3, 2017

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

Jul 1, 2017

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

Jun 30, 2017

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

Jun 30, 2017

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!

Jun 29, 2017

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?

Jun 28, 2017

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

Jun 27, 2017

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

Jun 23, 2017

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. 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

Jun 21, 2017

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

Jun 20, 2017

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

Jun 19, 2017

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

Jun 18, 2017

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

Jun 17, 2017

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


Jun 16, 2017

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


Jun 14, 2017

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

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