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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 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!

Apr 14, 2017

Property owners who have added energy-efficient upgrades to their properties could be cashing in on more than utility-savings. Certain states will soon be factoring in energy efficiency scoring on appraisals.

Environmental advocates and the federal government have been urging homeowners for years to make energy-efficient upgrades to their properties.
However, the cost savings were not formally included as part of the value of the home on an appraisal, until recently.

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) succeeded in working with the Appraisal Institute to develop a standardized Home Energy Rating System that would be included on appraisal forms in certain states.

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#241 - Increase Property Values with Energy Efficient Upgrades

Apr 13, 2017

Some former Trump University students claim they didn't get the real estate education they were promised, and recently received some of their tuition money back. A San Diego judge approved a $25 million dollar settlement for a class-action lawsuit that taught students a different lesson... about understanding what you are paying for.

President Donald Trump had vowed to take the case to trial, but agreed to the settlement right after he was elected. He said he didn't have time for a trial with his new job, and admitted no wrongdoing under the terms of the settlement.

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#240 - Trump Settles Trump U Lawsuit (And How to Protect Yourself from Guru Programs)

Apr 11, 2017

Retiring Baby Boomers are enjoying a big boost in home equity. That could help pay for their retirement, but a new survey shows there's a surprising lack of understanding about home equity products, like reverse mortgages, among both seniors and their financial advisors.

The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association says these seniors saw an increase of 2.8% in their home equity during the fourth quarter of 2016. That's an additional $170.7 billion dollars of a whopping $6.2 trillion worth of senior home equity.

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#239 - Boomers Bubbling Over with Home Equity

Apr 11, 2017

If you're building out your real estate portfolio as a hedge against the next recession, you may want to think "student housing". A new report says a record number of Millennials are pursuing college and will likely continue straight through any downturn.

Real estate investment manager TH Real Estate said in its latest report, that institutional investors spent $9 billion dollars on student housing last year. And, the report says that institutional interest in this niche sector is growing.

Researchers found that enrollment is up among Millennials for both college and post-graduate degrees. And with cash-strapped colleges and universities unable to build more dorms, there's a huge demand for near-campus housing.

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#238 - Student Housing Remains Hot

Apr 6, 2017

The new "sharing economy" may create some tax confusion this year. People who are new to the world of Airbnb, Uber, WeWork and other web-based data-driven payment portals may find taxes have suddenly grown quite complicated.

The IRS launched its new Sharing Economy Tax Center last August but it's probably getting more attention now that tax time is just a few weeks away. The webpage offers information about a variety of issues including "rules for home rentals", "depreciation", "business expenses", and "determining whether individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors."

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#237 - Tax Tips for the Sharing Economy

Apr 5, 2017

Lenders are once again pushing short-term adjustable rate mortgages, called ARMs, and homebuyers seem to be snapping them up.  Does this mean we’re headed for another round of easy and dangerous lending practices?

According to CNBC, more people applied for ARMs last month than they have since October 2014.  Mike Fratantoni, the Mortgage Brokers Association’s chief economist, explained the trend this way: “Homebuyers in a strong housing market are looking for ways to extend their purchasing power, and ARMs are one way to do that.”

That basically means that with home prices and interest rates rising, borrowers are having a harder time qualifying for homes. Short term, adjustable loans loans tend to offer lower interest rates than 30 years fixed mortgages, allowing homebuyers to qualify for more.

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#236 - ARMS Helping Borrowers Qualify (But USE WITH CAUTION!)

Apr 4, 2017

Investors in single-family rental properties are raking in high returns in a certain geographic area of the Southeast. According to the first-quarter numbers from ATTOM Data Solutions, Clayton, Georgia, is still topping the list for highest ROI in the country. What’s going on down South, and where else are investors reaping big profits this year?

Last week, ATTOM Data Solutions, which is formerly RealtyTrac, released its first-quarter 2017 Single Family Rental Market report. The data giant analyzed returns on single-family rentals in a total of 375 U.S. counties and more than 6,000 zip codes.

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#235 - Biggest Rental ROI Today in Atlanta Area

Apr 3, 2017

Would you buy solar panels from an electric carmaker? That's what Tesla is hoping with a whole new concept in rooftop solar. The solar cells are built right into the rooftop shingles or tiles so your roof will both look good, and produce electricity.

Tesla's Elon Musk tweeted on Friday, March 24th, that the company will begin taking orders for its new solar roof tiles next month. There's a video on the Tesla website of Musk unveiling the new solar roof in a presentation last year.

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#234 - Tesla Now Taking Orders for Solar Roof Tiles

Apr 1, 2017

It's buyer beware when it comes to flipped homes. Those like-new renovated homes could have hidden unaddressed issues that will not come up on your typical home inspection report. So how do you protect yourself as a buyer or real estate investor?

CNBC wrote in a recent article that “those picture-perfect flipped homes can be masked money pits." While some experienced renovators and talented newcomers are doing exceptional work, there are many unqualified and possibly unscrupulous flippers out there.

A flipped home is one that has been sold at least twice in a year -- usually with upgrades. It's been such a hot activity in recent years Trulia says that more than six percent of all homes sales last year were flips.

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#233 - Buyer Beware of Flipped Homes and Turnkey Rentals


Mar 31, 2017

Creative Investors Save Ailing Retail Centers and Malls

They are scary headlines out there for retail: Hundreds of big-name stores are set to close this year, along with many malls. Some are calling it a "retail apocalypse". So even though shopping centers and malls are in for a rough ride, some creative investors are seizing the opportunity.

Have you ever heard of KidZania? It's actually a concept that has been around for "years", but not here in the United States, until now. It's an indoor role-playing city for kids that could breath new life into a struggling mall.

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#232 - Creative Investors Save Ailing Retail Centers and Malls

Mar 29, 2017

Illinois is about to put itself on the map as a high tech hot spot. It's going beyond the "smart city" strategy with plans to become the first "smart state" in the nation. These upgrades could make the area even more attractive to residents, businesses and real estate investors..

You might not think Illinois is a hub for "smart technology" and the "internet of things" -- but last year, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner created an agency to oversee a statewide high tech transformation. He signed an executive order in January 2016 to advance the use of technology for the entire state in a coordinated, connected, and efficient manner.

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#231 - Illinois to be the First "Smart State"

Mar 28, 2017

If the sky-high numbers you’re hearing from Wall Street have you seriously considering investing more into stocks, bonds or mutual funds, one of the best investors on Wall Street has a warning for you.

When Donald Trump was elected this past November, Wall Street responded with what the president-elect immediately dubbed a “Trump Rally.” The stock market went through the roof, and it hasn’t really slowed down yet.

According to The Motley Fool, the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq all traded up at least 10 percent (higher) between the time that President Trump was elected in November and when he took office. The Fool added, “There’s no question the stock market sees him as pro-business, which is why share prices have taken off since his election.”

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#230 - Wall Street Warnings and Rumblings

Mar 27, 2017

Airbnb has a new feather in its cap. It recently acquired a company that specializes in luxury short-term rentals that often cost multiple thousands of dollars a night. The acquisition helps put Airbnb on the map as a full-service global travel company, and a more diverse partner in the sharing economy.

In a press release, Airbnb said that it is uniting with Montreal-based Luxury Retreats as a way to "provide more unique accommodations" and "amazing experiences to travelers". Bloomberg writes that the deal is worth about $300 million dollars in cash and stocks, and is Airbnb's biggest acquisition yet.

Airbnb has more than 3 million listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries worldwide. Add to that another 4,000 jaw-dropping private vacation villas from the Luxury Retreats.

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Airbnb Gobbles Up Another Vacation Rental Company

Mar 24, 2017

If you’re one of those people who would rather send a text or write an email rather than pick up the phone and talk to someone, then getting a loan might become a more pleasant experience for you. Some lenders are now using apps that eliminate paperwork and can speed up the borrowing process by about two weeks.

When Quicken Loans launched its Rocket Mortgage program at the beginning of 2016, a lot of people were skeptical.

CBS News asked if “the rocket mortgage was a fast ride to trouble” last year after Quicken debuted the new product in a Super Bowl ad. The ad promised to “do for mortgages what the internet did for buying music, plane tickets, and shoes.”

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#228 - Quicken's Rocket Mortgage "Skyrockets"

Mar 24, 2017

We often hear about how expensive the U.S. housing market has become. But according to one international housing affordability survey, we’re still among the most affordable countries in the world.

The 13th Annual Demographic International Housing Affordability Survey hit the presses, and shows that the United States was among the most affordable housing markets in the world in 2015 (at least among first-world nations).

The survey covers 406 housing markets in nine countries – Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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#227 - U.S. Tops the List of Most Affordable Housing in the World

Mar 22, 2017

Artificial intelligence is becoming an important part of the real estate industry. With growing rental demands across the nation, and the need for more complex property management, AI is providing technology solutions to make the job easier and more efficient.

The number of households renting instead of owning increased by about 9 million in the last 10 years. There are now about 45 million renter households across the U.S. And along with all those rentals, is the need to manage them, and to do the job more efficiently than ever before.

A headline in Forbes calls property management the next frontier for artificial intelligence...

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#226 - Robots to Repair Property Management

Mar 21, 2017

It's not a done deal yet, but a proposed $6 billion dollar federal budget cut could have a big impact on housing for low-income families. While many Republicans feel the cuts are necessary in order to reduce entitlements, housing advocates say a lot of people that rely on public assistance could come up short on their rent.

As reported by the Washington Post, the Trump Administration is considering a $6 billion cut to the HUD budget as part of the preliminary budget plan.  The budget cut is part of Trump’s goal to cut domestic spending by $54 billion and could reduce HUD’s budget by 14% in 2018. The spokesman for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Jereon Brown, says the budget plan is "still a work in progress".

The proposed cut is not a big surprise. The new HUD Chief Ben Carson is known for his opposition to public assistance programs. He has stated in the past that entitlements discourage people from working and can create a culture of dependency. 

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#225 - HUD Cuts Could Affect Section 8 Tenants and Landlords

Mar 20, 2017

Have you ever been frustrated with a credit reporting agency for "getting it wrong" -- especially when that error affects your credit score? Starting July 1st the three big credit agencies will be making changes that will improve accuracy, and give many consumers a boost to their low credit scores.

The big three credit reporting agencies are responding to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That's an agency created as part of the Dodd Frank Act to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive, and abusive financial practices.

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#224 - Credit Scores Getting a Needed Boost!

Mar 17, 2017

The Federal Reserve followed through on its latest promise to raise interest rates. Fed Chief Janet Yellen announced a quarter point hike in the federal funds rate Wednesday. But the increase has little to do with the ripple effect on mortgages and consumer loans, and a whole lot to do with a message from the Fed about the economy.

This is the first rate hike of 2017 and the third since December of 2015 when the cycle of monetary tightening began after the Great Recession. The first rate hike brought the overnight lending rate a quarter percent off zero. The second rate hike three months ago, raised it another quarter point. The latest increase brought it to a range of .75 to 1%, which is still quite low historically.

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#223 - BE PREPARED! Fed Rate Hike Could Burst Bubbles



Mar 16, 2017

Generation X'ers are getting their chops back, economically speaking. A new report by the National Association of Realtors says they are finally shaking off the devastating effects of the Great Recession and more and more of them are buying homes.

NAR has been publishing the Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report since 2013. It has been tracking the buying and selling of homes across all generations as individuals and families navigate their way through the economic recovery. This report includes information from the year that ended in June 2016.

Most recent stories focus on the up and coming millennial generation, and the retiring baby boomers, but this report shines a light on Gen X'ers. It shows Gen X'ers, who were born from the early 60's to the late 70's, were able to buy a greater share of homes in the last year, thanks to an economy that's provided strong job growth and higher home values.

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#222 - The Generation X Comeback

Mar 15, 2017

The nation is filled with a whole lot more renters since the Great Recession. And Trulia recently released in-depth research on the magnitude of this demographic shift and details on the various groups of people most affected.

The title of the report is "Who Lost the American Dream"? It's never a good thing to lose a home, and it's a tough situation when you can't quite afford to buy one, but it's worse to not have a roof over your head. And with the current demand for housing, landlords with single-family rentals are providing a much-needed service.

According to Trulia, there was a 5% shift nationally in the number of people owning homes who turned into renters. The percentage of renters in the top 50 markets rose from 36.1% before the crisis to 41.1% in 2014.

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#221 - Is the United States Becoming a Renter Nation?

Mar 13, 2017

Fastest Appreciating Real Estate Markets in the U.S.

California home prices have been on a marathon run for quite some time, but the Golden State is no longer the leader when it comes to skyrocketing appreciation. There are other hot markets where we as investors, can buy low, cash flow and watch your equity grow.

According to Zillow's Real Estate Market Report home values increased 7.2% nationally over the last year. It says median home value hit $195,300, which is just a hair under an all-time high of $196,600 in 2007. But Zillow's national numbers don't tell you much about individual markets. If you want to find out where the hot markets are right now, don't look in California. Look south.

Three of the ten fastest appreciating markets are in Florida. Nashville, Tennessee is another hot southern market, along with Dallas. And most of the top ten markets are hit double-digit price appreciation last year.

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#220 - Fastest Appreciating Real Estate Markets in the U.S.

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