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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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Now displaying: July, 2017
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

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

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