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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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

Jan 11, 2017

Arizona is blazing a new trail for the future of short-term rentals. As cities across the nation restrict or even ban the renting of properties on a short-term basis, a new Arizona law allows them anywhere in the state, without limits.

The bill was passed by Arizona state lawmakers in May of last year, and then signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. It took effect on January 1st, so this is just the beginning of a new open playing field for hosts on websites like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO.

The new law is very simple. Cities, towns, and counties are not allowed to restrict short-term rentals in any way. Hosts can rent out rooms, homes, or other properties for as many days of the year as they like.

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

191 - Arizona Enforces New Sweeping AirBnB Laws

Jan 10, 2017

Millennials are expected to create 2/3rds of household growth in the coming years, so as real estate investors, we need to pay attention to where and what they will be buying. And some new data is giving us a few clues on that.

Millennials, whom we define as young adults ages 18-36, are the largest population group today. In 2015, they added up to 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 52-71). They will have the largest impact on the economy and politics, just as the baby boomers once did when they dominated the population. It’s important to stay abreast of their actions as they will create booms and busts for the next 40 years depending on their spending habits...

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

190 - Data on Where Millennials are Buying Starter Homes

Jan 6, 2017

It’s official. Tesla’s gigantic battery factory just outside of Reno is now up and running, as of Wednesday. And it’s only the beginning for this ground-breaking tech-company and for the biggest little city, Reno.

Tesla's new Gigafactory is already bringing in a huge number of employees to the area, and the factory is less than 30 percent complete . The company says there are 2,900 employees working there now, but Tesla says it expects to have 6,500 employees on the payroll this coming year.

And the jobs that Tesla will create in the area will go beyond those who work at the factory. Tesla says the Gigafactory will indirectly create between 20,000 and 30,000 additional jobs in that region.

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

#189 - Tesla Powers Up Reno

Jan 4, 2017

The future of home construction is on the verge of what could be a huge transformation. 3D printing technologies are advancing rapidly for the construction of homes and other buildings. And according to some ambitious entrepreneurs, we may see widespread use of that technology in the not too distant future!

One of those 3D construction start-ups is a new company called Cazza Construction Technologies in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was founded by 19-year-old Chris Kelsey who began coding at age 13 and left school at age 17 to run an app development company called Appstitude. He then sold the company for 10 million dollars and started Cazza. His bio says he wants to "change the world" by revolutionizing the construction industry... at age 19.

To find out more, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#188 - 3D Printing of Homes and Offices Brings High-Tech to Real Estate

Jan 3, 2017

U.S. home values have bounced back from the depths of the meltdown and are now at an all-time record high. While some markets are still undervalued, the national average has completely regained the value it lost during the crisis.

Zillow just released a new report on the 2016 value of U.S. homes and it's a big number. The real estate site says the final number for the combined value of all homes for this year is expected to rise higher than 29.6 trillion dollars.

That's up 5.7% from last year, or 1.6 trillion dollars. It also shows that the nation has gained back all 6.4 trillion dollars it lost from 2006 through 2011 during the housing crisis.

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

#187 - U.S. Housing Market Value Hits All-Time High


Dec 30, 2016

Are you one of those people who loves walking the white sandy beaches of Florida, but won’t stick a toe in the water for fear of sharks or other mysterious ocean creatures? Well, you’re in luck. New technologies are coming to the U.S. for the first time that will change the real estate landscape - literally.

The dream of living just steps away from the water has been out of reach for most people -- until now. There's a new concept taking hold called "Crystal Lagoons" that is creating spectacular affordable waterfront homes without a beach or a lake or a river in sight.

Crystal Lagoons are massive man-made bodies of turquoise blue water that can turn any large piece of property into a tropical oasis. There are hundreds of them now in development around the world, but none in the U.S… until now.

To find out more, visit: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#186 - Inland "Ocean-Style" Living Coming to Florida, Texas and Las Vegas

Dec 29, 2016

It’s been quite a year for Real Wealth Network!  We made the Inc 5000 in 2016, and are now listed as one of America’s fastest growing private companies!

The Inc 5000 released it’s 35th annual ranking this year and we placed number 1512 out of the 5000 companies selected.  In order to make the list, a company has to earn more than $2 million dollars and show rapid growth in a 3 year time period.

To hear more about what we've accomplished this year, go to: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#185 - Inc. Magazine Honors Real Wealth Network

Dec 27, 2016

The tragic warehouse fire that killed 36 people in Oakland on December 2nd should never have happened. The warehouse was not fit for habitation. The first lawsuit has been filed against the landlord, and eight other defendants.

This is going to be a tough court case for everyone involved -- for both the relatives of the victims and the people blamed for the fire. It's certainly a good example of what any landlord should absolutely "not" do, to avoid liability, and in a case like this, to save lives.

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#184 - Oakland Warehouse Landlord May Face Murder Charges

Dec 27, 2016

Santa Claus is sneaking into more than chimneys this month. Apparently, he’s getting into wallets and retirement accounts.

T. Rowe Price interviewed 2,100 parents and their children about their Holiday spending patterns. The results maybe show why Santa wears red instead of black.

Six out of 10 parents admitted that they “never” stick to their holiday budget, and 53 percent said they get everything on their children’s wish lists “no matter how much it costs.”

A quarter of the parents even went so far as to borrow from their 401(k)plan, dip into emergency funds or take out a loan to pay for it all.

Find out more at: www.NewsForInvestors.com

#183 - Santa Caught Stealing Retirement Funds

Dec 23, 2016

The Federal Reserve finally raised rates for the first time this year at their December meeting, and suggested there could be three more rate hikes next year. There’s lots of varied opinions about what this could mean for real estate. So let’s tackle it!

It was a unanimous vote by the Federal Open Market Committee. After threatening to do so for several months now, the central bank raised the key interest rate another quarter percent. This means that the overnight lending rate between banks is now up to a half-percent from a quarter percent.

This was the first rate hike in 2016, even though the Fed announced last December that it would raise rates four times this year.

Why did it take so long?

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#182 - Fed Rate Hike to Crash the Stock Market Again?

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