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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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Apr 29, 2016

Just days after the world lost another musical icon, Prince’s dearly beloveds gathered together to get through this thing called “probate.”

I’m Kathy Fettke and this is Real Estate News for Investors.

The artist formally known as Prince, who then became known as Prince again, the musical legend, known for his fight for creative freedom and creative sexuality, died suddenly last week at the young age of 57... breaking many hearts around the world.

He passed away unexpectedly and without a will.

Why would a celebrity with an estimated net worth of $300 million not have a will in place? Without a will, the estate goes to probate, which means a judge must decide how to distribute assets. Bremer Trust was chosen as the special administrator.

Prince, who was actually named Prince Rogers Nelson at birth, had been married twice and divorced twice, had no children and his parents are deceased.

Find out how he could have prevented his family from fighting for his estate and how he could have planned for the ideal use of his fortune.

For the full transcript, go to www.NewsforInvestors.com

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Apr 27, 2016

There's more evidence this week that the buying frenzy of the past few years in the West is slowing down, but the pace is now picking up in the Midwest.

The National Association of Realtors released it’s pending homes sales data for March this morning and it shows that contracts to purchase existing homes reached the highest pace in nearly a year last month. But that’s just a national statistic, which is fairly useless.

When we look closer at the regional data, pending sales fell 1.8 percent in the West, and are now 7.9 percent below a year ago.

On my other podcast, The Real Wealth Show, I interviewed Fannie Mae’s Chief Economist, Doug Duncan about this new data. He said the biggest problem with new homes is that builders are building big, expensive homes. They are likely doing this because they can get a higher profit. But demand seems to be weakening.

With all this info, here’s a tip for real estate investors:

You probably want to buy property that cash flows and where rents will increase. And you don’t want to buy property that will decline in value. So knowing that a hike in interest rates could slow down sales in areas where affordability is tight, consider only investing in areas where affordability is in check. Interest rate hikes won’t affect those areas.

And when you combine affordability with job growth and population growth, you have a winning combination - just like back in 2005 when Texas.

If you’d like a list of areas with job growth, population growth and affordability, visit:

www.NewsForInvestors.com

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Apr 26, 2016

High profile investors appear to have very different messages today. Some are bullish and looking forward to another profitable year, while others are cashing up waiting for the next shoe to drop or for the next bubble to pop. Who's right?

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Apr 26, 2016

Getting a down payment for that first-ever home purchase can be overwhelming, especially if you're trying to buy a home in pricey California. But one Southern California assemblyman is hoping to make it a little easier, with a special savings account.

You can get the full transcript at www.NewsForInvestors.com

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Apr 23, 2016

Rain is becoming a dirty word in Texas where El Niño storms are turning residents into flood victims. Many will be relying on a federal flood insurance program to bail them out, but that program is in trouble and set to expire in September of next year. What then?

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Apr 21, 2016

The National Association of Realtors released it's monthly press release on existing home sales today and it shows sales were up 5.1% nationwide in March. All four geographic regions saw gains ranging from 11.1% in the Northeast to 1.8% in the West. You might be surprised at which region had the greatest increase in sales...

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Apr 20, 2016

Going “green” has a new meaning these days. There are more than 50 legislative initiatives nationwide legalizing or decriminalizing medical or recreational marijuana this year alone. Some say legalization is good for the economy and great for real estate values. They cite Denver as an example of success. Is it true?

So far Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state, and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational, as well as medical, marijuana for adults and 20 more states have legalized medical marijuana: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Federal marijuana policies haven’t changed much though. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, "these state marijuana laws do not change the fact that using marijuana continues to be an offense under federal law.”

Now that’s confusing. If it’s legal locally but not nationally, is it still legal?

President Obama stated last year that decriminalizing marijuana possession would help boost the U.S. economy by reducing incarceration costs.

Obama told Vice News last March, "You're starting to see not just liberal Democrats, but also some very conservative Republicans recognize [prohibition] doesn't make sense, including sort of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party. They see the money and how costly it is to incarcerate. So, we may actually be able to make some progress on the decriminalization side."

How does all this affect real estate?

Many people look at Denver as a pot of gold, so to speak. For almost three years now, the housing market in Colorado has been booming, but is it due to the legalization of marijuana? Some people think so...

And how do you protect yourself as a landlord when tenants toke up on your property?

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Apr 19, 2016

Areas with rapidly rising home prices tend to be great markets for flipping houses. And since home prices have been on the rise, last year's home flipping market was the hottest it's been since 2005. But what goes up, must come down and no one wants to be in the middle of a flip when the market shifts.

RealtyTrac says that flips made up 5.5 percent of all U.S. home sales last year. That's about 180,000 single-family homes and condos, which is up from 5.3 percent in 2014 and represents the first increase for house flipping in four years.

But house flipping varies from place to place. RealtyTrac analyzes data from 110 U.S. cities and says house flipping activity rose in 83 of them last year.

The real estate tracking firm says as home prices rise, more house flippers jump into the market, which also helps push those prices higher. RealtyTrac defines a flipped house as one that's bought and sold in a 12-month period, at a profit, of course.

And while house flipping is a sign of confidence that prices are heading up and not down, it can also be a sign of trouble for the hottest markets. RealtyTrac says that even though the 5.5 percent of flipped homes was "below" the peak in 2005, it says that 11 percent of today's markets are "above" those levels. That's 12 of the 110 metro areas studied by RealtyTrac.

Among the hottest markets are Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 19 percent above 2005 levels; Memphis, Tennessee at 18 percent; Buffalo, New York at 12 percent; San Diego, California, Seattle, Washington and Birmingham, Alabama at 4 percent; and Cleveland, Ohio at 3 percent.

Get the full transcript at www.NewsForInvestors.com

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Apr 19, 2016

Some banks may be too big too fail, but thankfully they are not too big to pay for their mistakes… or at least a portion of them.

In what is being called the largest recovery in FHA history, Wells Fargo has agreed to a $1.2 billion settlement for loan origination violations between 2001 and 2010.

According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Wells Fargo admitted, acknowledged and accepted responsibility for certifying to the Department of Housing and Urban Development that certain residential home mortgage loans were eligible for FHA insurance when, in fact, they were not. When some of those loans defaulted, the government had to pay those FHA insurance claims.

In the resulting claim, the government accused Wells Fargo of misleading HUD into believing it’s loans qualified for FHA insurance and sought damages and civil penalties under the False Claims Act.

According to an article in HousingWire, Wells Fargo attempted to dismiss the claims back in October 2012, but a judge denied it.

HUD Secretary Julián Castro said, “This Administration remains committed to holding lenders accountable for their lending practices. The $1.2 billion settlement with Wells Fargo is the largest recovery for loan origination violations in FHA’s history. Yet, this monetary figure can never truly make up for the countless families that lost homes as a result of poor lending practices.”

How did Wells Fargo get away with at least $1.2 billion infractions?

Get the full transcript at www.NewsForInvestors.com.

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And people with good credit, low debt-to-income ratios and reserves can qualify for up to 10 investor loans at today's record low interest rates.

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Apr 15, 2016

It's tax time again. You knew that, but you might not have known that the tax benefits of home ownership are shrinking. What was once a way to save BIG on your taxes has now shriveled up to little or NO tax savings.

Hi, I'm Kathy Fettke and this is the Real Estate News for Investors.

One of the biggest perks of owning a home has been the tax savings you enjoy every year about this time. Homeowners can deduct the interest they pay on their mortgage, but with interest rates at historic lows, there's a lot less to deduct. And for many people, another IRS deduction completely wipes out any tax savings at all.

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As you write out a check for Uncle Sam this year, start making plans for a better way to protect your hard-earned money next year.

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Apr 14, 2016

It’s being called an “Apple-style product launch.” Tesla knocked it out of the park with pre-sales of it’s new Model 3 electric car. As real estate investors, we’ve got to stay on top of economic trends because property is closely tied to jobs... and Tesla will absolutely be creating them.

Lines were out the door and down the street with people waiting to write a $1000 downpayment to reserve a new Model 3. The launch was so successful that Tesla brought in $276 million in its first weekend. For comparison, the opening weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was just $248 million.

The staggering demand reportedly even took CEO Elon Musk by surprise - as this launch came at a time when auto sales in general are down. This is great news for the economy and potentially really great news for real estate investors who know how to take advantage of the trend.

According to Gizmodo, one survey predicted 55,000 pre-orders in the first 72 hours. Tesla blew through that with 276,000 orders in the first 72 hours and 325,000 in the first week — and Bloomberg reports that, ultimately, “reservations might exceed 500,000.” This is being referred to as the sale of the century (ironically, the century is 16 years old and ready to drive!)

Tesla's smashing success is even more impressive when you consider that the company hasn’t built 100,000 vehicles yet, and you can’t even test drive the new model.


While all this is exciting to watch and to discuss at cocktail parties, how does it affect real estate investors?

Get the full transcript at www.NewsForInvestors.com

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Apr 14, 2016

Vacation home sales were on fire in 2014 but according to the latest survey by the National Association of Realtors, they cooled off quite a bit in 2015. And with the volatile political climate we have now, buyers may put their vacation purchases...on hold.

Hi I'm Kathy Fettke and this is the Real Estate News for Investors.

The NAR survey shows that vacation home sales slipped a big 18.5% last year. An estimated 920,000 vacation homes were sold in 2015 compared to 1.13 million in 2014. But there are many factors playing into that huge slide.

While vacation home sales dropped, the purchase of investment homes soared. They were up 7 percent from the year before, creating a see-saw effect between the sale of investment homes and vacation sales.

One reason for the retreat of vacation home sales is due to price appreciation in the south, where many people go to buy vacation homes. Several Florida markets saw strong appreciation last year.

But across the nation, the median price of vacation homes jumped to $192,000 in 2015. That's up 28% from $150,000 in 2014. Wow. If you bought a vacation home in 2014, it might be a good time to sell!

NAR says the median sales price of an investment home also leapt to $143,500 last year, from $124,500 in 2014. That's not as much as the vacation home appreciation, but it's still a respectable 15.3%.

According to NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun, baby boomers planning for retirement are pushing up demand for vacation homes, but dwindling supplies are leading to higher prices and fewer sales. He says turbulence in the financial markets also have a cooling effect on vacation home sales.

But he says while vacation home sales shrank last year, investment purchases surged after four years of decline.

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Apr 12, 2016

It's being called the biggest leak in whistleblower history and it's shaking things up around the globe. The massive leak of data in the Panama Papers exposes a huge system of worldwide tax evasion. And that's causing federal regulators to focus attention on some U.S. operations that help companies incorporate or form LLCs, including the state of Delaware. And that could affect us as real estate investors.

I'm Kathy Fettke and this is Real Estate News for Investors.

On Sunday April 3rd, reporters from more than a hundred media outlets released 2.6 terabytes of information from a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca. The information includes almost 5 million emails, 3 million database files and more than 2 million PDFs.

Reporters are still pouring through the information so the scope of this data is not yet fully known, but it has essentially opened a Pandora's Box of information about how the extremely wealthy hide their assets. Of course, this is no surprise, but should make for some interesting reading over the next few months.

But what’s causing concern to the real estate investing world is the new focus on Delaware LLC’s.

As reported in Delaware Online, some critics say that Delaware's incorporation law also allow faceless corporations to legally hide assets. But Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock is defending the state's incorporation system as the nation's "gold standard".

Delaware markets itself as a place that's business-friendly and can get a corporation up and running quickly. There are reportedly more corporations founded there, than there are residents. In fact, the paper says that Delaware gets 25 percent of its annual budget from incorporation taxes and fees.

And now with the Panama Papers opening up a gaping hole in the business of money laundering and tax evasion, President Obama is calling for reforms here in the U.S. The idea would be to prevent criminal activity, but it could also be yet another invasion of privacy.

How could this affect real estate investors with Delaware LLC's?
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Apr 11, 2016

The federal government is sending a stern warning to landlords - that it's a violation of the Fair Housing Act to discriminate against ex-convicts trying to find a place to live.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the warning as part of its Fair Housing Month that began on April 1st.

As reported in the New York Times, the paper says quote "private landlords who have blanket bans on renting to people with criminal records are in violation of the Fair Housing Act and can be sued and face penalties for discrimination."

HUD Chief Julián Castro issued the new guidelines on April 4th saying that the fair housing law applies to people with criminal records, not because they are a protected class of people, but because there's a disproportionately high number of African Americans and Hispanics that are arrested and convicted in the United States, and those two groups are protected by federal laws against discrimination.

Under these new guidelines, landlords cannot reject a prospective tenant because they answer "yes" to that little question on most rental AND job applications about whether they've ever been arrested. HUD says THAT cannot be used as a reason to keep someone from renting your property. After all, you are innocent until proven guilty, so an arrest record is not a good indicator of a person's potential bad behavior.

The question would be better stated, have you ever been convicted of a crime. At this point, these new guidelines are more far-reaching. HUD says landlords cannot have a "blanket ban" on renting to people with "convictions". But the rules are fuzzy. A landlord can take criminal history into consideration but there are no specific rules as to when a decision becomes discriminatory.

How do you protect yourself as a Landlord?

Get the full transcript at:
www.NewsForInvestors.com

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Apr 9, 2016

Good news for landlords in San Jose, California! The city released it’s ruling on rent control changes yesterday, and the final proposal shows little change. But, what’s on the table now is very, very concerning.

According to The Mercury News, the San Jose City Hall released a plan intended to further restrict how much a landlord can raise rents. Current laws limit rental increases to 8 percent per year.

But the final proposal was released yesterday, and to the surprise and relief of landlords, it shows little change to current law that’s been in place for 40 years and covers about one-third of the city's apartments, or about 44,000 units. The City Council will vote on the plan on April 19.

While this may offer some relief to outraged landlords, The Mercury News article states that the City Housing Director supports the idea of replacing the current 8 percent allowable rent increase with an increase no higher than the consumer price index.

While that would be in the landlords' favor if inflation were on the rise, the consumer price index has actually ranged from 0.7 percent to 2.8 percent over the past six years. Imagine landlords being limited to .7% rental increases when their other expenses for owning that property are rising much faster - like taxes, insurance, repairs and maintenance!

For now, the City Housing Director is asking for a temporary pause in annual rents until the city staff can finish work on the new rules.

Perhaps an even more controversial issue that’s on the table in San Jose, and likely coming to other high priced cities as well, is how to replace rent-controlled units when a landlord decides to go out of business or convert to condominiums.

Get the full transcript at www.NewsForInvestors.com

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Apr 7, 2016

If you're close to retirement, I’m sure you’ve already mapped out your financial plan with Social Security benefits in mind. But changes taking place right now are a big warning that you can't rely on entitlements like Social Security.

Hi, I'm Kathy Fettke and this is Real Estate News for Investors.

As part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, lawmakers closed several so-called "unintended loopholes" in the Social Security rules.

A Time article reported last year that trust funds for Social Security and Medicare could run out by 2034. One article in the Huffington Post said that retirees could see steep cuts "this year". The Heritage organization warns of insolvency by 2035.

So where does the money come from?

12.4% of a worker’s wage goes into the Social Security Trust Fund. Typically, an employee pays 6.2% and the employer pays the other 6.2%. Self-employed people pay the entire 12.4% amount. This deduction only applies to the first $90,000 worth of income. So people making six-digit salaries or more, only pay 12.4% on the first $90,000. That's it.

This money not only pays for retirement and spousal benefits, it also pays for disability insurance, veterans' benefits, unemployment insurance and food stamps.

Last year, the trust fund paid out $70 billion dollars more than it collected and the deficit is expected to grow until the trust fund is depleted, in the not too distant future. That's without any intervention strategies such as a tax increase on people with higher salaries or by cutting benefits and increasing the retirement age. Doing nothing will surely leave the program and it’s beneficiaries high and dry within a relatively short amount of time.

So what do we do to protect ourselves? You have to take your retirement into your own hands!

Consider hard assets that don't disappear overnight and generate passive income for life.

For the full transcript: www.NewsForInvestors.com

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Apr 6, 2016

Local governments in the country's largest and most desirable cities are trying to create more affordable housing as home prices steadily rise. And some of the methods being used in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere place the cost burden on developers. But is this actually something that will provide a solution or make matters worse?

I'm Kathy Fettke and this is Real Estate News for Investors.

So-called "impact fees" are becoming more popular across the country to help address the affordable housing crisis. Impact fees are typically imposed on builders who must pay a certain amount per square foot for a new development project. Those fees are then used to pay for public facilities and in this scenario, for affordable housing.

Many Bay Area cities have already adopted impact fees or are considering them. In San Jose, city officials adopted a $17 per square foot fee in November of 2014. The resolution requires that developers pay the one-time fee for projects that have three or more units.

Some housing advocates, including The Sacred Heart Housing Action Committee, wanted a $28 dollar per square foot fee. The organization says that developers need to pay their fair share for a problem that they helped create. But is it fair to place the blame for the affordable housing crisis on developers?

A better question actually might be - is it prudent? Builders are generally not non-profit organizations. If they can’t make a profit, they might not build - at least not in the areas where it’s cost-prohibitive.

Get the full transcript at www.NewsforInvestors.com

P.S.
That's why Real Wealth Network is actively building residential units in Reno, Nevada - because the numbers pencil out very nicely. And there's high demand for housing in the Reno area because businesses are also leaving California in search of areas that don't tax and regulate them to death. Tesla was able to break ground on it's gigafactory outside Reno after a very quick approval from the city planners.

If you'd like more information on our developments in Reno, join the network first (it's an SEC regulation that we can only present syndications to people with whom we have a prior existing relationship.)

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Apr 5, 2016

In which cities can you get the highest rents today, and yet still manage to get the lowest yields as a landlord?

San Francisco held on to it’s title for having the highest rents in the nation in February, according to a report from ApartmentList.com. You’d have to pay $4,800 to rent a two-bedroom apartment in the City by the Bay.

In second place was New York City, where you’d have to pay $4,450, which is about 10% less than San Francisco. Jersey City, right across from the Big Apple, came in 3rd place at $3,150, which is about 30% less than San Francisco.

To compare, the median rent on a two-bedroom apartment nationwide was $1,300 in February.

Other cities that made the top 10 list for highest rents were: Washington DC, Boston, San Jose, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and Stamford, Connecticut.

But remember...what goes up, must come down when it comes to real estate that becomes so expensive, people can no longer afford it - especially when incomes haven’t kept up.

If you’re looking for cash flow property, at first glance, it may appear that cities with the highest rents may offer the best returns for landlords. But it’s actually the opposite.

RealtyTrac® just released its Q1 Single Family Rental Market Report, which ranks the best markets for buying residential rental properties in 2016.

According to the report, the counties with the lowest and highest annual gross rental yields (in other words, areas with the worst cash flow on rental properties) were...

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Apr 4, 2016

Smart homes and the Internet of Things are the wave of the future. But what you may not know is that many smart homes are vulnerable to hackers and that some of those hackers may work for the Federal government.

Hi, I'm Kathy Fettke and this is Real Estate News for Investors.

A smart home is supposed to be more convenient, energy efficient and secure. You may have already made your home a little smarter with a few of these internet-enabled devices and there are plenty of them. Among the vast array of smart devices are thermostats, smoke alarms, cameras, sprinkler systems, ceiling fans and even light bulbs that hook up to the internet and are controllable by apps on your phone or computer.

But one thing many people may not realize is that a lot of these devices have little or no encryption. And that's what you need to keep the hackers away from your network. So, if you have these smart devices in your home, you may be leaving your home network vulnerable to uninvited guests, including the Federal government.

Think I’m just being paranoid? Listen to this:

Just last month, National Intelligence Director, James Clapper testified that Uncle Sam will be using smart home devices to spy on Americans. He was giving Senators an annual assessment of threats against the U.S. and said, "In the future, intelligence services might use the Internet of Things for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials."

That's a mouthful, but it's basically saying that future national security and law enforcement tactics will include the hacking of vulnerable smart home networks. The words of George Orwell in his novel 1984 may be coming true - that Big Brother is watching you...

Find out how to protect yourself by reading the full transcript at:
www.NewsForInvestors.com

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Apr 1, 2016

With rents on the rise across the country, more cities are looking at the possibility of rent control. While that could provide relief to renters, it could be devastating to landlords and property values, and would eventually hurt renters too.

I’m Kathy Fettke and this is Real Estate News for investors.

As rents soar in metropolitan areas across the country while salaries have remained relatively flat, renters are seeking relief. Some cities are rethinking rent control (or rent stabilization as it’s sometimes called) and landlords are coming out in droves against the possibility.

Mountain View, a city in the heart of the Silicon Valley and in Google’s backyard, had been on the fast track to approving binding arbitration. Since this is a form of rent control, property owners caught wind of it and mobilized around the issue - advocating for less extreme and more practical measures.

What exactly is binding arbitration? Essentially, it gives control over rent pricing to a third party, allowing that third party to make decisions on rent increases, or even to determine if any are approved. It’s catching on. The City of Alameda, CA recently approved this anti-landlord measure.

The issue of binding arbitration is a significant one for landlords. In large metro areas across the country, where high rents are becoming both the norm and a real issue, governments are stepping up regulations.

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Apr 1, 2016

Housing made headline news again this week, as existing home sales and pending home sales data was released by trade organization, NAR.

I’m Kathy Fettke and this is Real Estate News for Investors.

The National Association of Realtors published it’s findings this week for pending home sales in February, which basically counts the number of contracts signed.

Obviously not all signed contracts will end up closing, but pending home sales data does tend to be a good indicator of future closings and where the real estate market is headed.

According to NAR’s February's pending home sales data, all regions showed gains except for the Northeast, which saw a slight 0.2% drop. Pending home sales in the South only increased 2.1% and just 0.7% in the West. However, pending home sales in the Midwest surged 11.4%.

NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, attributes the increases to a drop in interest rates early this year. Mortgage rates dipped to the lowest level in a year, in reaction to the sharp stock market declines­ in January.

This might explain the buying surge in the Midwest, but why did pending home sales in the Northeast drop .2%?

Several reasons...
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The three most important factors when investing in real estate are NOT location, location, location, as you’ve probably been told in the past.
Instead, the three most important factors are: job growth, population growth and affordability.

If you're looking for a solid investment that provides cash flow today and the potential for appreciation in the future, choose affordable markets with job growth.

Too many people still look at past appreciation rates to determine where and what they will buy. This is why so many people jump in to markets at the last hour - AFTER the smart money has already left. The smart money buys low and sells high.

In contrast, the masses jump in and buy high, hoping for even more appreciation - but too often, soon realize they already missed it. And instead, they were just suckers who paid the smart money at the peak and got stuck with the hot potato.

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Mar 30, 2016

April is going to be a big month for the Democratic and Republican primaries. What can we expect from this election and how might the results affect the economy?

I’m Kathy Fettke and this is Real Estate News for Investors.

One of our listeners asked why I haven’t discussed the biggest news of the year - the Presidential Election… I told him I’ve avoided it at all costs because my comments are certain to upset at least 50% of my audience.

But today, I decided to stick my neck out there and do it anyway, since the next primaries are big ones, starting in Wisconsin on April 5, New York on April 19 and Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Rhode Island on April 26th.

Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be battling it out, trying to get enough delegates on their side before the summer conventions. Clinton needs 2,383 delegates on the Democratic side to take the nomination and Trump needs 1237 to win. Otherwise, there will be more voting rounds to settle the score.

It’s been an interesting election to be sure. Democrats have been accusing Clinton of being too moderate and even Republican. Yet Republicans do not support her.

And on a televised town hall on CNN last week, Donald Trump was asked what he believed were the 3 most important priorities of the federal government. He replied, "...security, education and healthcare". This sounds an awful lot like something a Democrat would say. After all, Trump would have to look long and hard at the U.S. Constitution to find anything about health care or education as federal responsibilities.

Trump’s plans to make America Great Again sound pretty expensive and would require more government intervention- two more things that sound more left and less Republican.

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Mar 30, 2016

Global warming is a hot topic these days. Some people are very worried about climate change, while others believe it’s just left-wing propaganda. Either way, what are the facts and how can real estate investors protect their properties from potential environmental risks?

The World Economic Forum just published it's annual "Global Risks Report" for 2016. And as you may expect from a risk report, it covers all kinds of alarming situations that could come from extreme weather events and natural catastrophes.

The report was compiled from the opinions of 742 experts in their various fields. And the risks were ranked in terms of likelihood and impact. They are also separated into categories for economic risks, environmental risks, geopolitical risks, societal risks and technological risks.

The first three entries on the list for "likelihood" are - number one, a large-scale migration of people followed by - number two, extreme weather events, and - number three, failure to address climate change issues. Natural catastrophe is also on that list along with a water crisis. Again, these risks trumped the risk of terrorist attacks and the spread of infectious disease. (And yes, that pun was intended!)

The #1 item on the list of events with the biggest impact was the failure to address climate change issues. A water crisis, fiscal crisis and asset bubbles were also on that list. But today, I want to focus on climate change and what real estate investors need to think about in terms of insuring themselves against the possibility of extreme weather events.

The National Real Estate Investor reports that the current El Nino storm system has been so intense, it caused $12.6 billion dollars in U.S. losses during the first half of 2015. The more intense El Nino system is being linked to higher temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. Those temperatures reportedly set a new record in November of last year as the warmest in recorded history.

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Mar 24, 2016

Crowdfunding has grown into an important source of funding for all kinds of causes - from tech start-ups to charity fundraising campaigns. And because of a recent change in federal regulations, it's taken the real estate investing field by storm. But is it working?

I'm Kathy Fettke and this is Real Estate News for Investors.

You've likely heard the word crowdfunding. It's a way to raise large amounts of money from various individuals making small contributions through a web-based platform.

This concept was made legal in April 2012, as part of the "Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act”, also known as the JOBS Act.

However, the legislation did not go into effect until the next year, specifically September 2013. That’s when Title II of the JOBS Act was defined and opened up the door for equity crowdfunding.

Up until this time, companies, including real estate investors, could only raise money by word-of-mouth when doing private placements. If you found a great deal and wanted to bring in partners, you could only talk to people with whom you've had a prior existing relationship. These are also known as syndications and fall under SEC exemption Reg D 506B.

The JOBS Act changed all this - by updating securities laws that now allow startups to advertise anywhere to anyone, and raise money through the internet to people they don’t know. This is what gave birth to what we now know as crowdfunding.

But is it working?
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Mar 23, 2016

As the economy in China wobbles, Chinese investors have been buying up high-end properties in the U.S. - and that's helped fuel the red-hot real estate market for several years. But with new measures in China to stop the bleeding of money out of that country, there could be repercussions here in the U.S.

I'm Kathy Fettke and this is Real Estate News for Investors.

The outflow of money from China is so steep, the central bank reported that it's foreign exchange reserves dropped by $108 billion dollars in December. It then fell another $100 billion dollars in January. And in February, there was a sharp drop in the outflow to $28 billion dollars. That’s 1/4th of what it was just two months ago.

China has a substantial $3.20 trillion dollars left in it's war chest, but the outflow has been huge. Economists say China can't sustain this kind of monetary bleeding and with the drop in February, it appears China is keeping more of its money... in China.

Where had the money been going, prior to this?

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