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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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Oct 17, 2017

Homebuilder Lennar is hoping to jumpstart the housing market with a new program for Millennials who are saddled with student debt. The mortgage arm of the company is offering to “pay” down that debt, as part of a new home purchase.

Eagle Home Mortgage is a subsidiary of Lennar, and announced that it’s launching this new program for people who can’t buy a home because they owe too much on their student loans. The program attempts to eliminate or at least “pay down” some of that debt, within certain parameters.

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Oct 17, 2017

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… the Fed Chief casts more doubt on a December rate hike, there’s a new list of Amazon HQ2 candidates, and some homebuyers say they are not scared off by ghosts.

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Oct 13, 2017

Disruptive technologies are changing the face of the globe, and one that could revolutionize transportation would also be a monumental game changer for real estate. The high-speed Hyperloop system would make it possible to commute from distant locations that could suddenly skyrocket in value. 

The Hyperloop is a futuristic system of pods, or capsules, for both people and cargo that shoot forward inside vacuum tubes at speeds that could conceivably reach 700 miles per hour. The pods would be able to move at faster speeds because of the low-pressure environment that creates less resistance. The pods would also be suspended in mid-air using electromagnetic energy so there were be no track friction to slow them down. The air remaining in the tube would then be pumped from the front of the pod to the rear, propelling the pod forward toward an area with lower pressure.

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Oct 12, 2017

If the high cost of college housing is busting your budget, there is a way to offset those expenses, with big benefits over the long run. One California parent says her method is not only cutting college housing costs down to the bone, it’s also providing a valuable “life lesson” for her son.

Kaaren Hall of Irvine, California, is a single mom with two kids in college. Her business, uDirect IRA Services, helps people self-direct their IRA’s to invest in alternative assets, like real estate. She’s seen many investors get creative with their investing, so decided she would too.

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Oct 11, 2017

A Seattle-based company is offering a new kind of “strings attached” deal to help homebuyers who don’t have the down payment. In exchange for the monetary assistance, buyers must agree to Airbnb a spare bedroom, and turn most of that income over to Loftium. But, is it a good deal for homebuyers?

Loftium founder Yifan Zhang says that, as millennials, she and her husband struggled to save money for their own down payment while they also paid for rent and student loan debt. And when they finally bought their own townhome, she realized the earning potential of the extra bedroom. She says her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and she launched Loftium, just recently, with another Airbnb entrepreneur.

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Oct 10, 2017

We’ve been seeing headlines about store closings, and the slow death of brick-and-mortar stores. But a recent report shows the “flip” side of that story -- that there are actually more stores and restaurants opening this year, than closing. So the idea that communities may end up with a “dying mall” on their hands may be a little overplayed.

A new report called, “Debunking of the Retail Apocalypse”, was put together by the IHL Group which provides market analysis and recommendations for the retail industry. It starts off by tracing the “source” of the negative news stories that have caught fire recently.

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Oct 10, 2017

The FICO score is no longer the only game in town. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a ruling that allows a California company called Upstart Network to use alternative data in determining a borrower’s creditworthiness. It’s a move that could potentially change the way banks do business, and open up the lending environment to people with little or no credit.

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Oct 7, 2017

In this week's Real Estate News Brief... we have a list of potential Fed Chief nominees, a new Airbnb partnership to lure business travelers, and some of the bizarre things that cities are doing to get Amazon’s attention.

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Oct 6, 2017

That massive Equifax data breach has left many of us wondering what we should do about protecting our identities. Consumer data for almost half the U.S. population was exposed to hackers, and because the information is so comprehensive, it’s very risky for people with a lot of activity in their credit files -- such as home buyers and mortgage holders.

Equifax announced in early September that hackers may have stolen personal information from more than 145.5 million U.S. consumers from about mid-May through July. That number was recently revised “upward” from 143 million. The information that was compromised could include names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, social security numbers, and driver’s license numbers. Many people also had their credit card numbers and other personal documents stolen.

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Oct 6, 2017

Will President Trump’s tax reform proposal put a major dent in the housing market? Some experts say that by doubling the standard deduction, the mortgage interest deduction will lose relevance because taxpayers won’t bother to itemize, and that will, in turn, discourage people from buying homes. But are the tax savings the primary reason that people buy real estate?

The tax proposal would double the current standard deduction from about $6,000 to $12,000 for single filers, and $24,000 for couples. The mortgage interest deduction, or MID, would remain but state and local income and property tax deductions would disappear. Or, as Republican lawmakers have recently discussed, homeowners may get a choice between the MID and the property tax deduction. But they wouldn’t get both.

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Oct 4, 2017

Sky gardens are becoming an essential part of the highrise environment in some countries. They provide a way to put greenery back into a city of concrete and tall buildings, but they also come with environmental challenges.

Sky gardens are not just rooftop gardens. They are living plants set into all the public spaces of tall buildings including terraces, balconies, interior public spaces, and the roof.

Singapore is a leader in the use of sky gardens. It’s well-suited for this kind of greenery because of the tropical climate and the dense urban landscape. It’s hot and humid all year round, which helps nourish elevated gardens. And, due to the lack of buildable land, the city has made it a requirement that developers replace 100% of the land used for building, with skyrise greenery.

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Oct 4, 2017

Zillow is announcing better accuracy for its Zestimate home valuation tool, as it wins support from a judge, and has thousands of data scientists competing to make it even better. The contestants have their eyes on a big prize with about two months to go before the application deadline.

Zillow announced that it released a major Zestimate update, by transitioning all the data to Amazon Web Services. Zillow says it can process cloud-based data “three times faster” which allows its own data scientists to perform a series of calculations more quickly, and come up with more accurate results.

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Sep 30, 2017

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a housing market that has “essentially stalled”, surging demand for warehouse space, and a $350 million mansion for sale in Beverly Hills.

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Sep 29, 2017

The federal government is raising the premiums and lower the loan limits on its reverse-mortgage program. It may sound like a take-away for seniors, but according to HUD, the changes are needed to protect the FHA’s entire insurance fund.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says the “home equity conversion mortgage” or HECM is a huge drain on the fund, and that without a quick fix, the fund will not have the reserves it needs to insure all of its single-family loan programs.

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Sep 28, 2017

Technology is making it easier for people to live just about anywhere. But if you want to live less expensively, and still “thrive” in today’s cutting edge world, there is one requirement -- you need to have high speed internet. It may sound like a contradiction, but having that internet access is making it possible for people to live the good life, off the beaten path, with very little need to work.


I’d like to share a story from a recent Forbes article about a woman and her fiance in Chicago. It was two years ago that Laura Cabrera and her beau decided that they had had enough of their corporate jobs and a high cost of living. They wanted to lower their overhead, and work from home on their own tech projects. They told Forbes: “We realized we didn’t need to live in Chicago anymore paying more than $2,000 in rent a month. We could live anywhere.”

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Sep 27, 2017

Airbnb has changed the lodging industry, and now a world-famous hotelier is fighting back with his own big idea. Ian Schrager opened a 367-room hotel called “Public” this last summer in New York City. It’s a 4-star hotel, but Schrager eliminated a few typical hotel features to lower the rates, and added socially-engaging amenities to make the hotel as much of an entertainment hub, as it is a place to sleep.

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Sep 26, 2017

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief… we have a report from the Fed on potential rate hikes, a healthy rise in home equity, and a look at how many real estate agents carry a gun.

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Sep 22, 2017

Contractors can’t keep up with the demand for new housing, and one big reason for the bottleneck is a nationwide shortage of construction workers. A new survey shows that contractors are having a very difficult time finding qualified workers, and the situation is getting worse due to immigration issues, and the need for workers in areas hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Associated General Contractors of America conducted a survey with Autodesk, to determine the scope of this shortage, and it doesn’t look good. More than 1,600 contractors participated in the survey, and 70 percent of them said they are having a tough time filling jobs.

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Sep 20, 2017

Business Insider says the Chinese pulled 84% of their overseas property investments globally in the first half of 2017. This is likely the result of the Chinese officials frowning on certain foreign investments that have been attractive to Chinese investors, according to Morgan Stanley. Real estate is of course, on that list... so how might this shift affect the U.S.?

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors said the property market in London is stagnant. According to Morgan Stanley, this could be due to the pullback of Chinese buyers. The investment firm says, “Over half the investment in London over the past year has come from Asian investors, and only 15% from the U.K.”

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Sep 19, 2017

The chance of a recession is rising, according to a new Zillow survey. Real estate economists and other experts surveyed say there’s a 52% chance of recession by the end of 2019 and a 73% chance of recession by the end of 2020. But these experts agree it would happen for entirely different reasons than the Great Recession of 2008.

Zillow and a company called Pulsenomics surveyed more than a hundred panelists about the risk of a recession as part of a recent Home Price Expectations Survey. And what they feel will trigger the next recession won’t be a banking crisis, or a subprime implosion, but rather a “geopolitical crisis”.

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Sep 18, 2017

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a new HUD Deputy Secretary, a reprieve for the National Flood Insurance Program, and a new “snooze button” feature on Facebook.

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Sep 15, 2017

It’s the first time in U.S. history that the national debt has passed the $20 trillion dollar mark. It zoomed past that milestone September 8th when President Trump signed legislation that suspended the debt ceiling for three months. By lifting that limit, the federal government is able to provide $15 billion for hurricane relief, but it also kicks the can down the road, for a debt ceiling standoff and possible government shutdown.

Republicans were stunned by the deal. Democratic leaders had proposed the idea, and the President quickly accepted it, despite objections from his own Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The Treasury Department has been resorting to so-called “extraordinary measures” to avoid meet its obligations under the previous debt ceiling, but once it was lifted, it was able to start borrowing money again immediately. That quickly pushed the national debt up another $317 billion dollars, with no upper limit through December 8th.

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Sep 13, 2017

Amazon has grabbed the attention of cities across North America. The online retail titan is soliciting proposals for a mammoth new “second” corporate headquarters. It won’t be a satellite campus. Amazon says it will be equal to its current Seattle headquarters, and employ as many 50,000 employees. That’s a goldmine for any local economy.

Amazon has created a flurry of excitement and speculation with its request for proposals. City newspapers are blaring the highlights of their own locale, while data analysts are trying to predict which city will carry the Amazon torch.

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Sep 12, 2017

Buying land or real estate in front the path of progress can be highly profitable. And now, we have another indicator that tells us where that path is going.

I’m sure most people would agree that renewable, clean energy sources are are the future, so areas that are adopting these kinds of changes to their energy supplies may have even more plans for redevelopment. That leaves clues for real estate investors who are looking for up and coming markets.

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Sep 11, 2017

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... Lenders are lending a hand to hurricane victims, Equifax is reporting a massive data breach, and the old no-tell motels are turning into cool places to stay.

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