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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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Jun 12, 2017

In this week's Real Estate News in Brief we have another drop in interest rates, an increase in mortgage loan activity, and renewed interest in senior housing. Plus, where you can go to find “affordable” beach front property.

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#281 - News Brief - June 5-10 - Interest Rates, Senior Housing, New Loan Guidelines

Jun 8, 2017

It’s been ten years since the housing euphoria of 2007 dropped into the depths of a recession, and wiped out trillions of dollar in home equity. The economy has been slowly recovering since then, and the latest report from Zillow says the national median home value has finally returned to pre-recession levels. But does that mean we are at risk of another housing bubble?
 
Back in April of 2007, the national median home value was $196,600. Zillow reports that over the last year, its Home Value Index rose 7.3% and hit $198,000 in April of this year, surpassing the 2007 level by 1%.

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#280 - Bubbly or Underwater? Which U.S. Markets Have an UpSide or DownSlide ?

Jun 7, 2017

Property tax is one of the costs that can vary a lot in the United States. It can run from an extreme high to an extreme low and make a huge difference on your monthly house payment. Buy do you know how your tax level compares with the rest of the country?  

Property taxes can take a big bite out of your bank account every month so it’s good to how much of a bite when you are shopping around for a home. Daren Blomquist of research firm ATTOM Data Solutions says that: “Property taxes are one of those potentially hidden costs that folks may not think about.”

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#279 - Where High Property Taxes Kill Cash Flow

Jun 6, 2017

The sun is shining on the Florida housing market. Florida realtors say the year began with a jump in sales for single family homes, along with higher prices. Zillow also named Orlando and Tampa as the best two cities in the nation for first-time homebuyers. And, of course with lower  prices and strong sales growth, they are also great for investors.

The Florida Realtors group says that sales are up 5.1% in the sunshine state for the first quarter of this year compared to last year. That includes a higher number of traditional sales and fewer foreclosures and short sales.

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#278 - Florida's Housing Market is HOT Again

Jun 4, 2017

In this week’s Real Estate News in Brief, we have a new record “low” for foreclosures, home paint colors that sellers need to know about, and an epic Malibu estate that sells for an epic price.

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#277 - News Brief - $70M Home Sale, Interest Rates & Best Paint Colors

Jun 2, 2017

While it appears that U.S. housing has made a full recovery since the 2008 housing crash, it actually isn’t true for all U.S. markets. Some cities have redefined themselves since the Great Recession, others have recovered and comeback with even greater strength, and some areas continue to struggle with an oversupply of distressed, bank-owned homes.

Realtor.com analyzed the various markets and came up with a list of Top 10 Cities that have had the Biggest Comeback in U.S. Real Estate.

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#276 - The Top 10 Biggest Comeback Cities

Jun 2, 2017

If you’ve ever been to a traditional real estate investing seminar, then you’ve heard that you can buy real estate without using your own money. One of the ways to do this is through a strategy called “seller financing.”

While this has been a fantastic way to acquire property for both investors and homebuyers, it holds some huge pitfalls for the uninformed. And now, Fannie Mae is getting involved to try to protect the buyers in these deals.

 

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#275 - Seller-Financing "Deals" Under Scrutiny

May 31, 2017

How much does it really cost to sell your home? Chances are -- more than you might think to cover the costs of repairs, upgrades, staging, commissions, and other fees. Real estate website Zillow and local services marketplace Thumbtack have come up with a figure that can help get you off to the right start.

Money magazine writes that Americans are expected to spend $327 billion dollars this year. And many of those dollars will be spent to spruce up a home before it’s put on the market.

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#274 - Beware of the Hidden Costs of Selling a Home

May 31, 2017

The single-family rental business isn’t letting a tight inventory get in the way. Some investors are buying up “new” properties to help meet the demand. They are paying a bit more money for new homes, but they say new homes come with their own financial benefits.

Bloomberg reports that as foreclosures become harder and harder to find, and demand remains strong for single-family rentals, investors are turning to new construction. The market for single-family rentals was born out of the financial crisis. Families who lost homes still wanted to live in similar detached homes, so investors began buying up foreclosed homes and renting them out.

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#273 - Build-to-Rent Homes Gaining Acreage

May 27, 2017

In this week’s Real Estate News in Brief, we have a new 2017 “low” for mortgage rates, a warning about gold prices, and a contest to improve Zillow’s controversial home valuation tool.

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#272 - News Brief - New low for mortgage rates, warning about gold prices and Zillow contest

May 26, 2017

The old American Dream maybe isn’t for everybody...at least if it comes with a mortgage. That's why a new American Dream seems to be taking shape in the land of the free - one that promotes a lifestyle without financial anchors or home repair responsibilities.

Zillow writes in a blog that owning is almost "twice" as affordable as renting but that while some former homeowners can't afford to get back into the game, others are thrilled to be renting. For them, gone are the worries that haunt homeowners such as roofs that leak and lawns that need mowing. When something goes wrong, they just call the landlord. They feel like they are on vacation as renters.

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#271 - The *New* American Dream: Renting!

May 26, 2017

We’re constantly hearing about the high price of homes in California, and how that’s driving people away, especially from the San Francisco Bay Area. If it’s true, where are all these people going?

Redfin did a migration study that could be very useful for real estate investors. Migration trends tell us where the demand for housing may be weakening, and where it may be growing. In this study, the metro with the biggest outflow of residents was the pricey Bay Area. There are several major destination metros for all those people, but the one that attracted most of those Bay Area expats was Sacramento, followed by several out-of-state locations.

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#270 - Following Migration Patterns

May 24, 2017

Millennials in China are living the American Dream of homeownership. A new survey shows that Chinese Millennials are almost twice as likely to own their own homes as young U.S. adults, but the reason behind this real estate trend is “not” what you might expect.

An HSBC survey shows that China has the highest rate of Millennial homeownership in the world -- at 70%. There is no other country with a Millennial homeownership rate above 46%, and that 46% is in Mexico. In the United States, just 35% of Millennials own homes.

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#269 - The American Dream – In China

May 23, 2017

Last year, international investors spent $426.8 billion on cross-border transactions – basically, buying real estate in countries other than their own. And the United States is the recipient of the biggest share of those investing dollars by far. As real estate investors, how can we benefit from these big spenders?

When you hear numbers like $426 billion, it often pays to sit up and take notice – it literally pays, if you are a real estate investor. According to analysts at Tranio, an overseas property brokerage, the lion’s share of that money went to the United States in 2016. It also went largely to residential real estate.

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#268 - Profit From the Foreign Investor Flow of Money

May 23, 2017

This week’s news brief will include what could be another “drop” in mortgage rates, a huge contingency of U.S. Realtors in Washington, D.C., and a warning about a DocuSign breach.

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#267 - News Brief - Another drop in mortgage rates?, Realtors in D.C. and Docusign breach

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.

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#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)

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