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Jan 31, 2017

The success of any city is dependent on its population, and the labor productivity that fuels economic growth. But as cities age and mature, demographics shift, creating new challenges for these cities. And this can create new challenges for real estate investors.

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute says as cities around the world face more challenging demographics, "the days of easy growth are over." Two of the biggest challenges are lower birth rates and fewer people migrating from rural areas. Both reduce population growth.

There are also global challenges to prosperity that are driven by population growth. First, fertility rates are decreasing, and second, an aging population.

Institute researchers say that cities will have to adapt to a new reality for their own survival and for the survival of nations that depend on the prosperity of their cities.

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#200 - Demographic Shifts That Affect GDP and Real Estate Values

Jan 27, 2017

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa is getting into the real estate business. She's still a bit of an amateur, but she's now part of an artificially intelligent trend that could change the way people buy and sell homes.

The arrival of Alexa is another stepping stone to the new self-service digital lifestyle. If you haven't experienced Alexa yet, you will find her inside several Alexa-enabled products by Amazon.

The Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap are devices with speakers and microphones for a two-way dialogue. Alexa comes pre-installed with a few basic skills, but you can add skills from her growing repertoire. You do that by downloading the Alexa app on your smartphone. You then enable skills listed on the app that you want her to have.

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#199 - Robots in Real Estate

Jan 27, 2017

It's a yearly ritual to find out where international investors will put their money. And, the latest AFIRE survey shows that 95% plan to maintain or increase their investments in the U.S., but investor "caution" is also rising.

The survey by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate shows that foreign investors remain bullish on U.S. real estate. Despite all the uncertainty about interest rates and policy changes out of Washington, AFIRE says investors feel the U.S. far outranks other countries when it come to investing stability and security.

60% of survey respondents say the U.S. is the most stable and secure. Germany Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom also ranked in the top five but with much smaller percentages.

They say the specific qualities they like about the U.S. include an economy that's sustainable and growing, a high degree of transparency, and a fair judicial system. They say that in general, U.S. investments are more secure overall.

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#198 - U.S. Property #1 Choice for Foreign Investors - Again

Jan 26, 2017

We just ended a year with a huge jump in homes that fell out of contract and went back on the market. It's not clear "why" this happened but there are several possible reasons, including problems with loans, appraisals, and inspections.

According to Trulia, 3.9% of homes went from "sale pending" to "back on the market" in 2016. That's almost double the rate in 2015 when 2.1% of purchase agreements fell though.

Trulia pulled the data from 102 of the biggest metropolitan areas in the nation. The data shows that 90% of those regions experienced an increase in failed home sales.

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#197 - "Failed Sales" Double in 2016

Jan 25, 2017

The numbers are in. Sales of existing homes in 2016 were the highest in a decade, but inventory levels were the lowest in recorded history! What does this mean for real estate investors?

Every month the National Association of Realtors releases their report on existing homes sales nationwide. But month-to-month numbers can be volatile, so the year-end report is a better window into the world of real estate in America. That report was just released today.

According to NAR, 5.45 million homes were sold in 2016, which surpassed 2015 numbers by 20 thousand sales. The data includes single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops.

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#196 - 2016 Home Sales Highest in a Decade!

Jan 23, 2017

Wages are not keeping up with home prices and that's creating strength in the rental market. But wages are also failing to keep up with rents in some areas, resulting in a high number of evictions.

RealtyTrac, which is owned by ATTOM Data Solutions, just released its 2017 Rental Affordability Report. It shows that buying a home is more affordable than renting, in 66% percent of the U.S. markets. That leaves 44% of the markets where it's more affordable to rent.

But places where it's might be more affordable to rent include several counties in California where rents and home prices are high - so affordability is out of reach for many, in both scenarios.

It's best to look up specific areas of interest if you're thinking of buying for personal reasons or for an investment, to see how the numbers affect your plan. The report gives you a way to do that.

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#195 - Rent Increases Causing More Evictions in Certain Markets

Jan 18, 2017

2017 Real Estate Predictions - by Redfin

With the start of a new year, there are always new questions and predictions about what's ahead for real estate. This year, we have the added factor of a new president who could affect the market in several ways.

Redfin says its researchers put their heads together to see what might happen to the housing market under the new Trump administration. Donald Trump's agenda may be more difficult to nail down but Redfin identified three major policies that could have a significant impact:

An increase in infrastructure spending could help create jobs, and proposed tax cuts could give people more money to spend. Both of those could lead to more home-buying activity. On the flip side, Mr. Trump's call for mass deportations could hurt new home construction since many workers are non-documented immigrants.

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#194 - 2017 Real Estate Predictions - by Redfin

Jan 18, 2017

The stock market has been on a wild ride since Donald Trump won the presidential election. His promises of lower taxes and fewer regulations have investors feeling so positive about the future of the U.S. economy that the DOW is close to hitting a record breaking 20,000. Will this trend up continue or are will it lose steam after the dust has settled and start sliding backwards?

Real estate is often affected by stock market performance. When investors are making money, they have the confidence to buy property. If they lose money, they don’t buy, or might even sell property.

Market Watch published an opinion piece recently saying that the recent enthusiasm over campaign promises like tax breaks and fewer regulations will peter out eventually - and that investors need to realize major changes don’t take place overnight.

The President-elect himself said that the stock market was in a bubble during his campaign. Yet the DOW has been up 8% percent since then and the NASDAQ up over 6%.

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#193 - Beware of Major Stock Market Fluctuations in 2017

Jan 14, 2017

It looks like we could be headed into another year of high demand for housing, and possibly some unique solutions. compiled an interesting list of trends we're likely to see in 2017 and  goes so far as to say that these ideas could "disrupt" the housing market. The blog talks about the boom we're seeing in real estate and how the, quote, "form and function of homes and living styles are changing rapidly to meet the new realities of American life."

The blog created the list from information on trends from its archives that were already gaining steam in 2016. And, it appears to have put them in order of the trends that have the most traction so far.

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#192 - Totally New Housing Trends for 2017

Jan 11, 2017

Arizona is blazing a new trail for the future of short-term rentals. As cities across the nation restrict or even ban the renting of properties on a short-term basis, a new Arizona law allows them anywhere in the state, without limits.

The bill was passed by Arizona state lawmakers in May of last year, and then signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. It took effect on January 1st, so this is just the beginning of a new open playing field for hosts on websites like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO.

The new law is very simple. Cities, towns, and counties are not allowed to restrict short-term rentals in any way. Hosts can rent out rooms, homes, or other properties for as many days of the year as they like.

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191 - Arizona Enforces New Sweeping AirBnB Laws

Jan 10, 2017

Millennials are expected to create 2/3rds of household growth in the coming years, so as real estate investors, we need to pay attention to where and what they will be buying. And some new data is giving us a few clues on that.

Millennials, whom we define as young adults ages 18-36, are the largest population group today. In 2015, they added up to 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 52-71). They will have the largest impact on the economy and politics, just as the baby boomers once did when they dominated the population. It’s important to stay abreast of their actions as they will create booms and busts for the next 40 years depending on their spending habits...

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190 - Data on Where Millennials are Buying Starter Homes

Jan 6, 2017

It’s official. Tesla’s gigantic battery factory just outside of Reno is now up and running, as of Wednesday. And it’s only the beginning for this ground-breaking tech-company and for the biggest little city, Reno.

Tesla's new Gigafactory is already bringing in a huge number of employees to the area, and the factory is less than 30 percent complete . The company says there are 2,900 employees working there now, but Tesla says it expects to have 6,500 employees on the payroll this coming year.

And the jobs that Tesla will create in the area will go beyond those who work at the factory. Tesla says the Gigafactory will indirectly create between 20,000 and 30,000 additional jobs in that region.

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#189 - Tesla Powers Up Reno

Jan 4, 2017

The future of home construction is on the verge of what could be a huge transformation. 3D printing technologies are advancing rapidly for the construction of homes and other buildings. And according to some ambitious entrepreneurs, we may see widespread use of that technology in the not too distant future!

One of those 3D construction start-ups is a new company called Cazza Construction Technologies in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was founded by 19-year-old Chris Kelsey who began coding at age 13 and left school at age 17 to run an app development company called Appstitude. He then sold the company for 10 million dollars and started Cazza. His bio says he wants to "change the world" by revolutionizing the construction industry... at age 19.

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#188 - 3D Printing of Homes and Offices Brings High-Tech to Real Estate

Jan 3, 2017

U.S. home values have bounced back from the depths of the meltdown and are now at an all-time record high. While some markets are still undervalued, the national average has completely regained the value it lost during the crisis.

Zillow just released a new report on the 2016 value of U.S. homes and it's a big number. The real estate site says the final number for the combined value of all homes for this year is expected to rise higher than 29.6 trillion dollars.

That's up 5.7% from last year, or 1.6 trillion dollars. It also shows that the nation has gained back all 6.4 trillion dollars it lost from 2006 through 2011 during the housing crisis.

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#187 - U.S. Housing Market Value Hits All-Time High