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May 20, 2017

Builders are predicting that virtual reality will revolutionize the real estate industry. And for them, the impact could be huge. When the technology truly catches on, they will be able to sell homes before they are built, saving money on model homes, and getting their income stream flowing much sooner.

Consumers are dabbling in the technology now. You might hear about college students with a tight budget using this technology to virtually visit future housing options. Or home buyers who put on a pair of Goggles to virtually tour a home several states away.

For the full scoop, go to: NewsForInvestors.com

#266 - Virtual Reality Getting “Real” for Real Estate

 

May 19, 2017

Billionaire Warren Buffett is betting on something small in the real estate world. One of his Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries is going mainstream with tiny homes. It’s an idea that caters to the minimalist lifestyle and affordable housing needs.

Clayton Homes unveiled a new line of tiny modular homes recently at a Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. The homes are less than 500 square feet and are designed for the minimalist lifestyle, but are made to “feel” large with vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows.

It’s an extension of a movement that’s been underway for a few years but has only more recently gained traction. Many people are now seeing the tiny home as a possible solution to high housing costs along with a desire to live more simply.

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#265 - Warren Buffett Backs Tiny Homes Movement

May 18, 2017

Some people are calling this tech start-up the eHarmony of real estate. And, it’s about to expand its operations nationwide with $27 million dollars in new venture capital funding.

Opcity is a technology platform out of Austin, Texas, that sorts through online real estate inquiries to identify people who are ready to buy, or sell. It then delivers referrals or what it calls “warm transfers” to brokers and agents. The company claims the lead conversion ratio is 3 to 5 times better than industry standards. And it’s all done with no upfront costs. What real estate agent wouldn’t want that kind of help?

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$27M Venture Capital for Real Estate Start-Up

May 17, 2017

If you’ve ever shaken your head at what Zillow’s “Zestimate” says about your property, you are not alone. One Illinois property owner, who’s also a lawyer, is suing Zillow because of that automated valuation tool. She says it’s inaccurate, and has become a huge roadblock in the sale of her home.

Barbara Andersen of Andersen Law LLC in Glenview, Illinois, filed the suit on April 27th, alleging that Zillow’s “Zestimate” provides a “sloppy, computer-driven appraisal” of her home. She says the “Zestimate” has repeatedly undervalued her home and has made it virtually impossible to sell it for its true value.

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#263 - Zillow’s “Zestimate” Headed for Court Battle

May 16, 2017

We’ve heard a lot about millennials flocking to the city centers as they chase after jobs and the benefits of the sharing economy. But a new report shows that the biggest U.S. metros are experiencing a renter “boom” in the suburbs -- and RentCafe says suburban Atlanta is at the top of that list.

The RentCafe report says it looked at Census data for a 5-year period, from 2011 through 2015. And, it found that urban centers have not gained as many renters as we’ve come to believe. In fact, it says the numbers show that suburban areas gained substantially more renter households than their urban counterparts in 19 out of the 20 metros it reviewed. 

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#262 - “Hotlanta” Leads Nation for Suburban Renter Growth

May 13, 2017

Ha! Got your attention with that headline!

But here's what I meant: when it comes to owning a home, women are winning the gender race - at least among singles. A recent report leaves some clues as to whom your future homebuyers may be.

According to Pew Research, nearly one in every five home sales have gone to single women this year. Compare that to single men, who represent fewer than one in 10 homebuyers.

What’s the explanation for this? 

Find out at NewsForInvestors.com

#261 - What does Sex Have to do with Real Estate?

May 12, 2017

With more and more websites showing available properties for sale, are we looking at the death of the MLS? One article on the topic actually featured a picture of a mushroom cloud. If the days of MLS are really over, how would that affect the real estate industry?

In the past, long ago before the internet and before websites like realtor.com and Zillow existed, real estate agents and brokers had near complete control over available inventory. If you wanted to buy a home back then, you’d either have to drive around looking for for sale signs, check out newspaper ads and real estate magazines, or walk into a brokerage.

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#260 - Is this the Death of the MLS?

May 11, 2017

The repeal of a law that protects California landlords is now on hold until next year, after fierce opposition from landlords. Assembly Bill 1506 would do away with statewide rules that exempt new construction and single-family homes from rent control. But who does that really hurt?

If you haven’t heard it by name, the rule that helps make it possible to survive as a landlord in California is the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Key features include rent control exemption for units built after 1995 and exemption from any kind of rent control for single family homes across California. It also requires that local rent control rules contain a “vacancy decontrol” provision. That makes it possible to raise the rent to market rates during the vacancy gap between tenants.

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#259 - Rent Control Wars in California

May 10, 2017

The Commerce Department’s latest report on the Gross National Product was dismal. It shows that the national economy only inched along at .7% annual growth during the first quarter. That could be a random hiccup along our slow and steady road to recovery. After all, we hit the 2.1% GDP mark in quarter four of last year.

Economists say GDP is just one of several indicators. With Treasury yields falling, they say the bond market has been flashing signs of trouble for a few months. Automakers are reporting a fourth straight month of slow sales. Retailers are shutting stores. They have trimmed the national retail workforce by about 90,000 employees since October. Regional banks are reporting the first decrease in lending since the beginning of 2013. And that’s just a short list of indicators.

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#258 - Risk of Recession Rising?

May 6, 2017

While the stock market has been booming since Donald Trump won the presidential election, bank lending has been slowing down. Bloomberg reports that the nation’s 15 largest regional banks posted a drop in loans for the first time in four years. And it reports, that almost all those banks missed analysts’ estimates for lending. Is this cause for concern?

The stock market has been hitting record high numbers since President Trump took office. Many people call it the “Trump bump” because stock investors have been motivated by the President’s pro-growth, pro-business agenda, and promised policy changes. But for banks, it seems that bump is more of a slump.

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#257 - Trump Bump or Trump Slump? (for Bank Loans)

May 5, 2017

Scammers continue to swindle unsuspecting property owners out of their homes, in a way that is now being referred to as “Dirty Deeds”. It’s a crime that has risen from the ashes of the housing crisis, and continues to haunt cities and homeowners across the nation. don’t let it be you!

Deed theft can appear in many forms, but is often associated with foreclosure rescue scams. Property owners making a last ditch effort to save their homes will enter into what they think is a mortgage restructuring plan, but later, they find out they signed their title over to someone else.

The Associated Press writes that these rescue scams has been particularly troublesome in New York, where home values are skyrocketing. Dina Levy of the Homeowner Protection Program in the New York attorney general’s office told the Associated Press: “The scammers are no longer content with stealing $5,000. Now they want the whole house.”

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#256 - “Dirty Deeds” Help Scammers Steal Homes

May 4, 2017

Does your home or investment property benefit from a good walk score? Walkability is becoming more important in the quality of life equation, and that makes it important for real estate investors.

Redfin came up with a way to value Walk Scores. It compared sales prices to Walk Score ratings for one million homes. Based on that research, it says one Walk Score point is worth an average $3,250 or .9% But the added value varies wildly from city to city.

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#255 - How "Walkability" Increases Property Values

May 4, 2017

It’s something we haven’t seen in 11 years. The latest report from the Census Bureau shows that homeownership rose faster than renter households during the first quarter of this year. Should real estate rental investors be worried?

The Census Bureau’s Homeownership and Vacancy Survey shows a homeownership rate of 63.6% during the first quarter of 2017. That’s up slightly from a year ago when it was 63.5% but it’s down from 63.7% in the fourth quarter of last year.

What Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin noted after the report’s release, was that new owner-occupied households were more than double those of new renter households. And this is a phenomenon that hasn’t happened since 2006, prior to the housing meltdown.

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#254 - Homeownership Spikes as Compared to Rentership

Apr 29, 2017

There’s plenty of commentary on how President Trump’s tax reform proposal with affect the real estate industry. While Republicans generally commend the President for his efforts to reduce and simplify taxes, this time they may disagree.

President Trump released his long-awaited tax plan this week. The expectations of tax cuts have been part of what’s driven the stock markets to record highs over the last several months. And now we have a few more details about what the President hopes to accomplish.

The plan is more of an outline or a “wish list” since Congress will most likely hammer away at the details in a clash of opinions.

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#253 - Trump Tax Proposal's Effect on Real Estate

Apr 28, 2017

Oversupply is not a word you would use for today’s real estate market, but there is one sector that may be tipping in that direction. The demand for senior housing has been going through somewhat of a lull, but that’s not expected to last very long.

It’s no secret. Baby Boomers are finally growing up. The boomer generation runs from 1946 to 1964, with the oldest boomers hitting retirement age 6 years ago. Those boomers are now 71 years old which is not generally old enough for senior housing. But as of 2015, there were some 75 million boomers, so there’s a huge number of them heading in that direction.

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#252 - Senior Housing Demand Slows

Apr 26, 2017

It’s one of the hottest spring selling seasons ever. Home sales surged in March despite a big drop in inventory, and could even be the fastest housing market on record.  Home buyers can’t be wall flowers this spring. At least not in hot sellers markets like the San Francisco Bay Area, where bidding wars are common.

Competition has been fierce in San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland. Between about 66% and 70% of all homes sold “above” their listing prices.  And the Bay Area isn’t even the hottest market today.

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#251 - March had Fastest Home Sales This Decade

Apr 25, 2017

Rental rates across the country have been climbing for years now, but new data indicates that the trend could be cooling – at least in some major hot spots around the country.

Yardi Matrix data indicates that average apartment rents in the U.S. increased by just six dollars this past March, putting the national average monthly rent at $1,312.

Apartment rents are different from single family rents, and real estate is a highly localized type of investment. Even so, this national trend can be construed as a sign that a market shift or, at least a leveling-off, could be heading our way.

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#250 - Rents Cooling in Hot Markets

Apr 24, 2017

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he remains committed to ending veteran homelessness despite the passing of two deadlines to do so. He recently launched a new plan to build 10,000 units of housing for the homeless, including veterans, and he has the help of a voter-approved 1/4-cent sales tax to help fund this project.

The Los Angeles Times writes that the mayor initially vowed to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. He has made progress toward that goal, but found himself extending the deadline for last summer. And now that deadline has passed.

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#249 - Converted Motels Give Homeless Veterans New Hope

Apr 22, 2017

A federal watchdog agency says that “neglect” on the part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could have placed an entire division of FHA lending at risk, and that could affect buyers’ ability to get down payment assistance in the future.

The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is charged with keeping an eye on HUD. The goal of the program is not to find fault, but to spot problems in the system before major issues arise. This time, however, they could be about $16 billion too late.

The watchdog agency recently reported that HUD was not “adequately overseeing” about $16 billion in loans made to homeowners that received what the office called “questionable down payment assistance.”

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#248 - Questionable HUD Loans Put Program at Risk

Apr 21, 2017

If you are a real estate agent trying to sell a home, you may want to "talk green" to your clients. The National Association of Realtors says more and more clients want to hear about energy efficiency and other green features.

NAR just issued a new Sustainability report, which is the outcome of NAR's new Sustainability Program. NAR established the program as a way to "provide leadership and strategies on topics of sustainability" for its members and consumers.

A few months ago, in February, NAR surveyed its members about these sustainability issues. The results show a substantial "greening" of the industry, although it's still somewhat slow to catch on.

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#247 - Green Homes = More Green in Your Pocket

Apr 20, 2017

The pot-growing industry is expanding into warehouse operations at a rapid rate creating a whole new kind of high-paying tenant – and an unusual set of risks for stakeholders. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that is taking off like wildfire and creating a lucrative niche for real estate investors growers, property owners, and investors.

Cannabis research and investment firm ArcView says that legal sales of pot grew 34% last year to $6.7 billion. It expects the industry to hit $22.6 billion by 2021, just four years from now.

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#246 - Pot-Powered Real Estate Boom or Bust?

Apr 19, 2017

A California assemblyman is take steps to protect California children from lead poisoning. In response to reports about higher rates of lead poisoning among children in certain parts of the state, Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward introduced a bill that would require lead testing for all young children.

In 2012, more than 650,000 California children under the age of 21 were tested for lead, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. About 2% of those children or 16,000 kids had lead levels in their blood considered potentially unsafe. Lead poisoning could lead to increased risk for heart and kidney damage, future reproductive problems, and brain and nerve damage. 

Children under the age of 6 showed particularly high rates of lead exposure in certain parts of California. Certain neighborhoods in the Fresno and Alameda areas actually tested worse than Flint, Michigan, where lead contaminated the public drinking water for years.

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#245 - Lead Testing Among Children and Landlord Liability

Apr 18, 2017

Before you hit “share,” “forward,” or “reply to all,” look a little closer at that email you are about to send. There’s a chance that somewhere lurking below the surface, there could be a threat to your cybersecurity.

When the National Association of Realtors announced it may have been a victim of a possible “phishing” scam earlier this month, it became clear just how attractive we are as real estate professionals to cybercriminals.

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#244 - Don't Get "Phished!"

Apr 15, 2017

As flood insurance premiums creep higher, the Federal program that provides flood insurance to 5 million policyholders is about to expire. If Congress doesn't take action to reform and reauthorize a program that is $24 billion dollars in debt, the housing market may suddenly find itself in deep water.

The increase in flood insurance premiums is bad enough. They are going up about 6% a year according to FEMA. The average premium is $878 not including whatever surcharges may apply. FEMA says high-risk properties, second homes, and properties with previous flood claims could see bigger increases.

FEMA has been gradually raising rates as part of a previous reauthorization of the program five years ago. Those rates were adopted to help bring the cost of reimbursement closer to the cost of flood damage, but are far from enough to get the program out of debt.

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#242 - Flood Insurance Policies at Risk!

Apr 15, 2017

Spring showers may bring May flowers to your landscaping, but they also bring homeowners hoping to sell their property something even better: bidding wars! This spring promises to be no different. Industry experts are lining up to predict which housing markets are going to be hot long before summer.

With falling home inventories, improving jobs markets, increasing consumer confidence, and looming rising mortgage interest rates, more and more sellers are seeing multiple offers on their homes. The question is: how should this affect your real estate investing strategy?

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#242 - Bidding Wars Heat Up!

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