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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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Nov 9, 2017

In just a few short weeks, Tesla is making good on a promise to help restore power to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory on September 20th, and caused widespread damage to the island’s electrical grid. Tesla is offering to rebuild that grid with solar power, and is putting words into action with the installation of a solar farm at a children’s hospital.

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Nov 5, 2017

A small country in Europe has become a living laboratory for MIT researchers working on what they call “urban innovation”. They are collaborating with city planners, residents, and local companies to interactively test the effects of urban planning decisions and new technologies like driverless cars and ultra-lightweight three-wheeled autonomous vehicles that are shared and used like bicycles.

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Nov 4, 2017

Baby boomers set the housing market on fire when they came of age, but times have changed, and they are now flocking in droves to an easier lifestyle than one of homeownership. RentCafe looked at Census figures to come up with a snapshot of the renting world, and it found that people 55 years of age and older accounted for a huge increase in the renting population.

 

There was once a stigma associated to renting. Back when the Boomers were first booming, apartments were typically thought of as dingy, undesirable places to live. Younger folks lived in apartments until they could afford to buy their own homes, along with folks who were underemployed or were somehow at odds with society. But new trends in apartment living have changed those perceptions.

 

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Nov 3, 2017

The cannabis industry is booming, as more and more states move to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use. Just the pot market alone is likely to be a $6.5 billion market in just three years, up from $2.76 billion in 2015. That’s a compounded annual rate of 18.5 percent and does not even include associated income streams from real estate, IT and development, or employment.


Real estate investors have a hard time resisting those projected returns, but many do not want to be involved directly in cannabis cultivation or distribution. Fortunately, there are other options that are starting to take off.

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Nov 3, 2017

Driverless cars may seem like a novelty to many of us but almost two dozen companies are racing to get them on the road in the next few years. It’s still a stretch of the imagination to visualize them as a common mode of transportation but if and when that happens, what other changes will that bring? Many people are speculating that autonomous cars will have a big impact on real estate, and how we live our lives.

Business Insider published a ranking of the 18 companies that are most likely to get those cars on the road first, and the one in the lead could make you feel a little nostalgic. Back in 1908, Ford’s Model T became the first mass-produced automobile for the buying public. And now, the Detroit-based automaker is leading the pack with plans to produce a fleet of driverless vehicles for the ride-sharing public by 2021.

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Nov 2, 2017

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... we have a huge surge in new home sales, a new “mortgage merry-go-round” for Millennial home buyers, and a new security system that puts Amazon eyes and ears in your home.

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Oct 25, 2017

Real Wealth Network is hosting it’s first East Coast Property Showcase in Orlando on Nov 4th and on Sunday, we’ll be hosting an income property tour of the area. Check it out: 

https://www.realwealthnetwork.com/first-property-showcase-east-coast/

Why Orlando?

Orlando is bustling with life, population growth, jobs, and a strong retail environment. We’ve heard so much about the demise of brick-and-mortar stores, but it seems that Orlando is bucking that trend as a major Central Florida shopping destination.

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Oct 25, 2017

Zillow is launching what could be a powerful new tool for landlords and property managers. The company describes it as a cloud-based dashboard that will provide real-time consumer data and economic trends for the rental industry.

Zillow introduced its “Rental Inform” platform at a multifamily conference in Miami and released a beta version of it to a small group of real estate marketing professionals at that forum. It didn’t say exactly when it would make the platform available to other groups but expects to do that in the near future.

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Oct 24, 2017

As home prices continue to rise around the country, more and more buyers are considering something many thought they would never see again: adjustable rate mortgages, or ARMs.


ARMs were vilified during and after the housing crash, and many economists and investors today still have a knee-jerk reaction to them. Regardless, ARM's are back in style.


According to an analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance, the number of ARM originations jumped more than 40% between Q1 and Q2 of 2017. It’s not surprising.

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Oct 24, 2017

If you were around a hundred years ago, the idea of ordering a “kit home” was common. You could pick out the style you want from a catalogue and have all the materials delivered to your future doorstep. They were cheap back then, but today, those homes are commanding high prices as a piece of American history.

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent write-up on these vintage kit homes. It reports that a “Martha Washington” style home from Sears located in Washington, D.C., sold for $1.06 million last year. The buyer said of the home: “It was something that made it unique.” He also said of the quality of the home that is was “solidly built.”

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Oct 21, 2017

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief... a new ranking of hot markets for single-family rentals, a call for better credit agency data security, and a look at what TV characters would have to pay in real-world rents.

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Oct 20, 2017

Our news team at Real Wealth Network loves to hear about the latest high-tech solution to real world problems, and there’s a new one for homebuyers who need help with a down payment. It’s a pilot program that’s based on the crowdfunding concept, along with buyer education, and the generosity of those who want to help out.

CMG Financial out of San Ramon, California, launched this new service with a website called HomeFundMe. It provides a way for prospective homebuyers to raise money for a down payment among family, friends, colleagues, and community members. And there are no fees. HomeFundMe says: “100% of the funds raised go to the recipient.” In other words, the money is considered a “gift” with no investment return for donors.

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Oct 19, 2017

MIT researchers are adding to the debate on rent control with a new paper on the relationship between rent control and crime. While many people feel that rent control keeps people off the streets and away from a life of crime, this study found that by eliminating rent control, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, experienced substantially reduced crime rates along with billions of dollars in benefits to the city.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located in Cambridge, but that’s not why researchers used Cambridge as their study subject. They analyzed Cambridge because the city went through a unique transition from strict rent control rules to a sudden abolishment of the rules in 1995. That gave them information on crime rates and other data before and after the rules were eliminated.

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Oct 18, 2017

Thousands of families and first responders are still dealing with the catastrophic fires in Northern California.  Over 6700 homes and businesses have been burned to the ground in Sonoma and Napa counties to date, along with the dreams of so many people.

Things can be replaced and properties can be rebuilt. The real tragedy is the death toll - 41 people and rising, with still over 60 missing.

Many of our Real Wealth Network members have undoubtedly been affected somehow. If you are someone who’s in need of housing or have housing to offer to someone else, please check out the service Airbnb is offering. If you have a spare bedroom, RV or even tent, you can help. You can also listen to today’s interview on the Real Wealth Show with the COO for the non-profit United Policyholders to see how you can donate.

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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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