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Mar 7, 2017

Optimism about the current housing market may depend on your pick for president. A new report from Trulia is based on two surveys about the housing hopes and fears of Americans -- one was taken "before" the election and one taken "after".

Trulia says the presidential election has resulted in large amounts of both optimism and pessimism among consumers about the housing market. And what you are feeling largely depends on whether you are a so-called "Discouraged Democrat" or a "Revived Republican".

In addition to market expectations before and after the election, the report also covers the expectations of homeownership, especially among millennials; roadblocks to homeownership; and best markets for 2017 based on five key metrics, including the fact that these cities all have a large share of Republicans.

 For the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#216 - Election Results Affect Home Buyers and Sellers

Mar 7, 2017

It’s official. Retired pediatric neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson, was sworn in as HUD’s newest Secretary on Thursday. How could this new direction in leadership affect housing policy moving forward?

 

Last week, the U.S. Senate voted 58 to 41 to confirm Dr. Carson. This indicates that members from both parties voted for him, which is fairly unusual these days!

 

During Dr. Carson’s confirmation hearings, the main concern was his lack of any experience running a large federal bureaucracy. His rebuttle was that he grew up in low income housing in Detroit, which gives him direct, personal insight into how government programs for housing and related assistance can both help and hurt people.

 

For the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

 

#215 - Carson Confirmed as HUD Secretary

Mar 4, 2017

The little private app that erases your chats and snaps, just became public. And for many newly made millionaires, it’s been a very friendly little ghost.

Snapchat, the app that teenagers opted to use once they discovered that Mom and even Grandma could comment on their Facebook pages, has made a lot of parents wealthy this week.

In fact, a private high school in Mountain View, St Francis High School, earned millions of dollars from the Snap IPO this week. The school's administration invested $15K in a seed round 5 years ago, after 2 students told their dad about how much they loved the app. The school earned $24M from this week's IPO. And that Dad’s company, Lightspeed, invested $485K in the seed round. They sold enough shares this week to earn $78M, and they still owns $81M in shares. Not bad.

 

For the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

 

And to find out more about our new high tech startup, sign the NDA at www.RealWealthCrowd.com

 

#214 - Snap IPO Millionaires to Snap Up Property in Silicon Beach

Mar 2, 2017

Real estate agents will no longer be able to manually post listings on Zillow.com and Trulia.com. Instead, only MLS’s and brokerages will be able to post listings on those real estate sites.. Why did these companies make this decision and how will it affect the visibility of for-sale real estate to home-buyers and investors?

About a week ago, the Zillow Group, which operates Zillow.com and Trulia.com, announced that it would stop allowing real estate agents to manually post listings on those two websites. Instead, listings on the site will only come directly from brokerages and MLSs (multiple listing services).

The company said in an official statement that it decided to limit the avenues for posting in order to “promote the accuracy and timeliness of listings that appear on Zillow and Trulia.” The company also noted that for-sale-by-owners (FSBOs), “Coming Soon” preview listings, and “Make Me Move” listings, which are intended to solicit offers on a property not currently on the market, could still be posted by an individual homeowner or agent.

To get the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#213 - Zillow Blocks Real Estate Agents from Manual Listings

Mar 1, 2017

The nation's largest landlord is now trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Invitation Homes made its stock market debut on January 31st as the largest IPO this year and a positive sign for the single-family rental market.

The company claims it has almost 50,000 single-family rentals in 13 markets across the country. It went public with the sale of more than 88 million shares at $20 a share. That includes an option given to underwriters to purchase additional shares. After underwriting discounts and offering expenses, the IPO raised $1.675 billion dollars.

CNBC writes that it's the largest IPO for a U.S. real estate investment trust since an IPO by the Paramount Group in 2014. It's also a big milestone for the Invitation Homes owner, Blackstone Group, and its operator Jonathan Gray.

To get the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#212 - Invitation Homes IPO Good for Real Estate Investors!

Feb 27, 2017

Another one million previously underwater homes are now above the water line. ATTOM Data Solutions released its 2016 Year End Home Equity and Underwater Report that shows just 5.4 million properties are still seriously underwater.

 

While 5.4 million properties still underwater sounds like a large number, it's a big improvement from the first quarter of 2012 when ATTOM first began tracking. At that time, there were 12.5 million properties considered "seriously underwater".

 

A property is seriously underwater when the loan amount is 25% higher than the market value of the home. The 5.4 million homes that are underwater right now represent 9.6 percent of all U.S. properties with a mortgage. 

For the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#211 - Cities with Most Underwater Mortgages Still Offer Best Bargains

 

 

Feb 25, 2017
Federal regulators are slapping a California-based lender with a $3.5 million dollar fine for what they call an illegal kickback scheme. They also ordered two brokers and a mortgage servicing company to pay almost a half million dollars in fines for accepting those kickbacks in exchange for illegal referrals.
 
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says Prospect Mortgage used a variety of methods to pay brokers for referrals from 2011 through 2016. It appears the primary method involved Marketing Service Agreements.
 
Those are supposed to be used to pay for advertising or promotional services. But, the CFPB says the MSAs were used to hide customer referral payments. It says Prospect would track the number of referrals by an individual broker and then adjust the amount of money it would pay that broker for marketing services. A Keller Williams broker out of Corvallis, Oregon was fined $180,000 for accepting these kinds of payments.
 
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#210 - RESPA Violations
Feb 23, 2017

A new real estate sales model appears to be suddenly mushrooming into existence. There are now at least three start-ups that will buy homes from people who want to sell immediately, including newcomer Knock.

Knock, OfferPad and Opendoor are trying to eliminate the home sale hassle by serving as a quick turn-around sales agent for homeowners. They are promising a painless click-and-sell process. The homeowner requests a quote and the websites respond with an offer, within hours.

If the offer is accepted, OfferPad and Opendoor will buy the homes outright. Knock is a little different. It will offer to sell the home within six weeks "for" you. If the home doesn't sell within that time, Knock will then buy that home from the seller.

To get the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#209 - Look Who's KNOCKing on Opendoor (and OfferPad?)

Feb 22, 2017

President Trump is in the process of selecting a number of government leaders for important positions in his new administration. The Federal Trade Commission alone currently has three empty seats to fill. How might Trump’s picks for those positions affect us real estate investors?

Tech-giants Google and Amazon could be rather heavily affected by President Trump’s selection of a chairperson for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Shortly after his inauguration, the president replaced former FTC chairwomen Edith Ramirez with Maureen Ohlhausen, one of two remaining members of the five-person FTC commission and the only remaining Republican.

At that time, incidentally, the Washington Post speculated that Ohlhausen had some knowledge that she might ultimately be Trump’s pick for the permanent position, citing a public statement that she made shortly after her selection about her commitment to a “free, honest, and competitive marketplace.”

To get the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#208 - Amazon & Google Shaking in Their Boots with New FTC Picks?

Feb 17, 2017

This may be the year that billions of dollars in commercial mortgages go belly up. These loans were financed in 2007 and are maturing this year. That means some commercial property owners will be faced with huge balloon payments and for some, a major headache to pay them off.

The Federal Reserve stated in its semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress on Tuesday that commercial property prices were becoming a "growing concern.”

Specifically, the report said, “"Commercial real estate (CRE) valuations, which have been an area of growing concern over the past year, rose further, with property prices continuing to climb and capitalization rates decreasing to historically low levels,"

While commercial property debt remains small compared to the overall economy the report said that the rising "valuation pressures may leave some smaller banks vulnerable to a sizable CRE price decline."

For the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#207 - RED FLAG WARNING for Commercial Property Owners - a $45B Problem

Feb 15, 2017

Detroit has flipped the switch on a plan to light up the streets at night. And the effort to breath new life into the city is attracting the attention of investors who see bargain basement prices and a whole lot of potential.

The once-bankrupt city just completed a four-year project to replace "all" the city's streetlights. 88,000 mostly broken down old sodium lights were replaced with 65,000 brighter energy-efficient LED lights across the city.

The street light replacement project was part of the city's bankruptcy exit plan. The judge allowed the city to eliminate $7 billion dollars in debt. In return, the city agreed to invest $1.7 billion into improvements. The new lights were part of those improvements.

Get the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#206 - Detroit Lights Up

Feb 11, 2017

Everyone seems to have a list of best markets for investing in real estate today, including Forbes. They recently came out with their Top 20 List - and not surprisingly, many of the cities were the same as Real Wealth Network’s list.

Forbes dug into the numbers with the help of a North Carolina-based company that tracks housing markets. It says Local Market Monitor used data from 300 markets, to come up with the best places to invest this year.

Many cities on this list are good for both rental investing and a place to call home. The states with the most hot spots are Texas and Florida but there are three cities in California, and one in the Northeast that may surprise you.

For the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#205 - Forbes Top 20 Best Cities to Invest in Housing in 2017

Feb 9, 2017

Another swipe of the pen by President Trump will delay - indefinitely - a new rule that was intended to protect consumers from bad financial advice.

President Trump signed a "Memorandum on the Fiduciary Duty Rule" the same day he signed an executive order to re-examine Dodd-Frank regulations. This rule would require that financial advisers make recommendations based on their client's best interest, instead of their own.

"The Fiduciary Rule" was written to force financial advisers to act more like fiduciaries, rather than greedy salespeople looking for the highest commission. But some experts say the industry was already moving toward a fiduciary standard with or without that rule - or its suspension.

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#204 - Trump Reviews "Fiduciary Rule" for Financial Planners

Feb 8, 2017

President Trump is making good on another campaign promise with the signing of yet another executive order. This one is called “Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System” and appears to be setting the wheels in motion to unravel the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Friday’s executive order doesn't actually mention the words "Dodd-Frank." It simply directs government agencies to look at existing regulations to determine if they comply with the Core Principles listed in the Executive Order, and then report back to the President within 120 days.

Get the full scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#203 - President Trump Begins Attack on Dodd-Frank Act with New Executive Order

Feb 3, 2017

Flint, Michigan, is not alone when it comes to problems with old water systems. Cities across the nation are faced with aging pipes and a lack of funding to fix them.

The water issue has gotten a lot of press lately because of the Flint lead contamination crisis. In an effort to save money, the city had stopped getting its water from Lake Huron and the Detroit water system, and began pumping it from the Flint River.

Unfortunately for many people who drank the water, the river water was not treated properly to prevent the leaching of lead from old pipes. As a result, thousands of children and adults were exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead. The city has switched back to the Lake Huron water and is currently working on a pipeline upgrade.

And Flint isn't the only city with old pipes. The Brookings Institute issued a new policy brief on the nation's aging water infrastructure. It estimates that more than $1 trillion in upgrades are needed across some 52,000 public water systems and 700,000 miles of pipes.

For the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#202 - Water Pipes In Trouble Across the Nation & Metros Most Affected

Feb 1, 2017

When you see mind-boggling home prices in places like San Francisco and New York, it's often not the "home" that's driving those prices higher. Those high prices represent the value of the land. The home is just window-dressing, and basically, disposable.

It might shock you to see a fire-damaged home, with charred holes through the floor and walls, selling for one million dollars. It's no doubt a "fixer upper" or even a “tear-down” so at that price, it seems almost absurd that anyone would buy it… unless you are in a city where the land is worth more than the homes.

Realtor.com came up with a list of 10 cities where the land is more valuable than the corresponding homes, and San Francisco was at the top of that list. The data came from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the Metropolitan American Housing Survey.

For the full scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#201 - Land Vs Buildings - Which is Safer and More Profitable?

Jan 31, 2017

The success of any city is dependent on its population, and the labor productivity that fuels economic growth. But as cities age and mature, demographics shift, creating new challenges for these cities. And this can create new challenges for real estate investors.

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute says as cities around the world face more challenging demographics, "the days of easy growth are over." Two of the biggest challenges are lower birth rates and fewer people migrating from rural areas. Both reduce population growth.

There are also global challenges to prosperity that are driven by population growth. First, fertility rates are decreasing, and second, an aging population.

Institute researchers say that cities will have to adapt to a new reality for their own survival and for the survival of nations that depend on the prosperity of their cities.

To get the latest scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#200 - Demographic Shifts That Affect GDP and Real Estate Values

Jan 27, 2017

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa is getting into the real estate business. She's still a bit of an amateur, but she's now part of an artificially intelligent trend that could change the way people buy and sell homes.

The arrival of Alexa is another stepping stone to the new self-service digital lifestyle. If you haven't experienced Alexa yet, you will find her inside several Alexa-enabled products by Amazon.

The Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap are devices with speakers and microphones for a two-way dialogue. Alexa comes pre-installed with a few basic skills, but you can add skills from her growing repertoire. You do that by downloading the Alexa app on your smartphone. You then enable skills listed on the app that you want her to have.

Get the latest scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#199 - Robots in Real Estate

Jan 27, 2017

It's a yearly ritual to find out where international investors will put their money. And, the latest AFIRE survey shows that 95% plan to maintain or increase their investments in the U.S., but investor "caution" is also rising.

The survey by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate shows that foreign investors remain bullish on U.S. real estate. Despite all the uncertainty about interest rates and policy changes out of Washington, AFIRE says investors feel the U.S. far outranks other countries when it come to investing stability and security.

60% of survey respondents say the U.S. is the most stable and secure. Germany Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom also ranked in the top five but with much smaller percentages.

They say the specific qualities they like about the U.S. include an economy that's sustainable and growing, a high degree of transparency, and a fair judicial system. They say that in general, U.S. investments are more secure overall.

For the latest scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#198 - U.S. Property #1 Choice for Foreign Investors - Again

Jan 26, 2017

We just ended a year with a huge jump in homes that fell out of contract and went back on the market. It's not clear "why" this happened but there are several possible reasons, including problems with loans, appraisals, and inspections.

According to Trulia, 3.9% of homes went from "sale pending" to "back on the market" in 2016. That's almost double the rate in 2015 when 2.1% of purchase agreements fell though.

Trulia pulled the data from 102 of the biggest metropolitan areas in the nation. The data shows that 90% of those regions experienced an increase in failed home sales.

Get the latest scoop at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#197 - "Failed Sales" Double in 2016

Jan 25, 2017

The numbers are in. Sales of existing homes in 2016 were the highest in a decade, but inventory levels were the lowest in recorded history! What does this mean for real estate investors?

Every month the National Association of Realtors releases their report on existing homes sales nationwide. But month-to-month numbers can be volatile, so the year-end report is a better window into the world of real estate in America. That report was just released today.

According to NAR, 5.45 million homes were sold in 2016, which surpassed 2015 numbers by 20 thousand sales. The data includes single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops.

Get the full report at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#196 - 2016 Home Sales Highest in a Decade!

Jan 23, 2017

Wages are not keeping up with home prices and that's creating strength in the rental market. But wages are also failing to keep up with rents in some areas, resulting in a high number of evictions.

RealtyTrac, which is owned by ATTOM Data Solutions, just released its 2017 Rental Affordability Report. It shows that buying a home is more affordable than renting, in 66% percent of the U.S. markets. That leaves 44% of the markets where it's more affordable to rent.

But places where it's might be more affordable to rent include several counties in California where rents and home prices are high - so affordability is out of reach for many, in both scenarios.

It's best to look up specific areas of interest if you're thinking of buying for personal reasons or for an investment, to see how the numbers affect your plan. The report gives you a way to do that.

To get the latest scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#195 - Rent Increases Causing More Evictions in Certain Markets

Jan 18, 2017

2017 Real Estate Predictions - by Redfin

With the start of a new year, there are always new questions and predictions about what's ahead for real estate. This year, we have the added factor of a new president who could affect the market in several ways.

Redfin says its researchers put their heads together to see what might happen to the housing market under the new Trump administration. Donald Trump's agenda may be more difficult to nail down but Redfin identified three major policies that could have a significant impact:

An increase in infrastructure spending could help create jobs, and proposed tax cuts could give people more money to spend. Both of those could lead to more home-buying activity. On the flip side, Mr. Trump's call for mass deportations could hurt new home construction since many workers are non-documented immigrants.

To hear more, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#194 - 2017 Real Estate Predictions - by Redfin

Jan 18, 2017

The stock market has been on a wild ride since Donald Trump won the presidential election. His promises of lower taxes and fewer regulations have investors feeling so positive about the future of the U.S. economy that the DOW is close to hitting a record breaking 20,000. Will this trend up continue or are will it lose steam after the dust has settled and start sliding backwards?

Real estate is often affected by stock market performance. When investors are making money, they have the confidence to buy property. If they lose money, they don’t buy, or might even sell property.

Market Watch published an opinion piece recently saying that the recent enthusiasm over campaign promises like tax breaks and fewer regulations will peter out eventually - and that investors need to realize major changes don’t take place overnight.

The President-elect himself said that the stock market was in a bubble during his campaign. Yet the DOW has been up 8% percent since then and the NASDAQ up over 6%.

For the latest scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#193 - Beware of Major Stock Market Fluctuations in 2017

Jan 14, 2017

It looks like we could be headed into another year of high demand for housing, and possibly some unique solutions. 

Realtor.com compiled an interesting list of trends we're likely to see in 2017 and  goes so far as to say that these ideas could "disrupt" the housing market. The blog talks about the boom we're seeing in real estate and how the, quote, "form and function of homes and living styles are changing rapidly to meet the new realities of American life."

The blog created the list from information on trends from its archives that were already gaining steam in 2016. And, it appears to have put them in order of the trends that have the most traction so far.

To get the latest scoop, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#192 - Totally New Housing Trends for 2017

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