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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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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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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?

Crain’s business journal says that decades of slow-moving redevelopment has suddenly taken off on the west side. It says that real estate projects totaling $350 million dollars are proposed or under construction between West 25th and West 117th Streets. Those projects include about 1,000 rental and for-sale units not far from downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie.

Real Wealth Network is featuring Cleveland and Pittsburgh at their upcoming live events, where real estate agents and turnkey income property providers will showcase the best neighborhoods for both cash flow and equity growth.

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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 - Week in Review: 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

Jun 13, 2017

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"

Jun 13, 2017

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

Jun 12, 2017

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

Jun 8, 2017

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 ?

Jun 7, 2017

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

Jun 6, 2017

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

Jun 4, 2017

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 in Review - $70M Home Sale, Interest Rates & Best Paint Colors

Jun 2, 2017

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. 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

Jun 2, 2017

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

May 31, 2017

How much does it really cost to sell your home? Chances are -- more than you might think to cover the costs of repairs, upgrades, staging, commissions, and other fees. Real estate website Zillow and local services marketplace Thumbtack have come up with a figure that can help get you off to the right start.

Money magazine writes that Americans are expected to spend $327 billion dollars this year. And many of those dollars will be spent to spruce up a home before it’s put on the market.

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#274 - Beware of the Hidden Costs of Selling a Home

May 31, 2017

The single-family rental business isn’t letting a tight inventory get in the way. Some investors are buying up “new” properties to help meet the demand. They are paying a bit more money for new homes, but they say new homes come with their own financial benefits.

Bloomberg reports that as foreclosures become harder and harder to find, and demand remains strong for single-family rentals, investors are turning to new construction. The market for single-family rentals was born out of the financial crisis. Families who lost homes still wanted to live in similar detached homes, so investors began buying up foreclosed homes and renting them out.

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#273 - Build-to-Rent Homes Gaining Acreage

May 27, 2017

In this week’s Real Estate News in Brief, we have a new 2017 “low” for mortgage rates, a warning about gold prices, and a contest to improve Zillow’s controversial home valuation tool.

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#272 - Real Estate News in Review - 5/22 - 5/27

May 26, 2017

The old American Dream maybe isn’t for least if it comes with a mortgage. That's why a new American Dream seems to be taking shape in the land of the free - one that promotes a lifestyle without financial anchors or home repair responsibilities.

Zillow writes in a blog that owning is almost "twice" as affordable as renting but that while some former homeowners can't afford to get back into the game, others are thrilled to be renting. For them, gone are the worries that haunt homeowners such as roofs that leak and lawns that need mowing. When something goes wrong, they just call the landlord. They feel like they are on vacation as renters.

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#271 - The *New* American Dream: Renting!

May 26, 2017

We’re constantly hearing about the high price of homes in California, and how that’s driving people away, especially from the San Francisco Bay Area. If it’s true, where are all these people going?

Redfin did a migration study that could be very useful for real estate investors. Migration trends tell us where the demand for housing may be weakening, and where it may be growing. In this study, the metro with the biggest outflow of residents was the pricey Bay Area. There are several major destination metros for all those people, but the one that attracted most of those Bay Area expats was Sacramento, followed by several out-of-state locations.

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#270 - Following Migration Patterns

May 24, 2017

Millennials in China are living the American Dream of homeownership. A new survey shows that Chinese Millennials are almost twice as likely to own their own homes as young U.S. adults, but the reason behind this real estate trend is “not” what you might expect.

An HSBC survey shows that China has the highest rate of Millennial homeownership in the world -- at 70%. There is no other country with a Millennial homeownership rate above 46%, and that 46% is in Mexico. In the United States, just 35% of Millennials own homes.

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#269 - The American Dream – In China

May 23, 2017

Last year, international investors spent $426.8 billion on cross-border transactions – basically, buying real estate in countries other than their own. And the United States is the recipient of the biggest share of those investing dollars by far. As real estate investors, how can we benefit from these big spenders?

When you hear numbers like $426 billion, it often pays to sit up and take notice – it literally pays, if you are a real estate investor. According to analysts at Tranio, an overseas property brokerage, the lion’s share of that money went to the United States in 2016. It also went largely to residential real estate.

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#268 - Profit From the Foreign Investor Flow of Money

May 23, 2017

This week’s news brief will include what could be another “drop” in mortgage rates, a huge contingency of U.S. Realtors in Washington, D.C., and a warning about a DocuSign breach.

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#267 - The Week in Review

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