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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, 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 7, 2021
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending April 3rd, 2021... an economic update from Fannie Mae, a surge in consumer optimism, and the return of the cicadas.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and an updated economic forecast by Fannie Mae. The mortgage guarantee enterprise is expecting real GDP growth to hit 8.4% in the second quarter of this year, and 6.6% for the full year. It is anticipating the GDP to settle down a bit in 2022. Currently, risks to the economic recovery are viewed as neutral. That includes the future path of COVID-19 and its variants, the easing of social restrictions, and whether consumers will start spending more money from their personal savings. The housing market is expected to remain resilient with purchases hitting $1.82 trillion this year. That’s up from $1.61 trillion last year. Rising interest rates are not expected to have much of an impact. Fannie Mae’s chief economist Doug Duncan says: “While we forecast some continued upward movement, mortgage rates remain historically low, as they are still .8 percentage points below the 2019 average.”
 
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Mar 31, 2021

When the world shut down because of COVID-19, few people thought their work routine would change so drastically. It’s now more than a year since the virus forced people into a remote work environment, and with the pandemic threat diminishing, there are big questions about the best way to shift to a more hybrid model that combines workplace with work-from-home.

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Mar 31, 2021

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending March 27th, 2021… the state of the economy from Treasury Secretary Yellen and Fed Chief Powell, what some see as a co-working rebound, and a new demand for golf course homes.

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Links:

1 - https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/23/economy/janet-yellen-jerome-powell-economy-recovery/index.html

2 - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/consumer-spending-sinks-in-february-and-inflation-creeps-higher-11616763768?mod=economy-politics

3 - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/u-s-gdp-growth-in-fourth-quarter-raised-slightly-to-4-3-11616677670?mod=economic-report

4 - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/u-s-unemployment-claims-sink-to-684-000-and-hit-lowest-level-since-pandemic-11616676886?mod=economy-politics

5 - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-home-sales-plummet-amid-bad-weather-but-analysts-remain-upbeat-on-construction-activity-11616508567?mod=economy-politics

6 - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-home-sales-plummet-amid-bad-weather-but-analysts-remain-upbeat-on-construction-activity-11616508567?mod=economy-politics

7 - https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-economy-sentiment-idUSAQN03Z34I

8 - http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/

9 - https://www.housingwire.com/articles/about-7m-refi-candidates-missed-the-forever-rate-boat/#

10 - https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2021/03/24/co-working-spaces-may-soon-see-a-surge-in-activity

11 - https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2021/03/22/golf-properties-are-once-again-in-high-demand

12 - https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2021/03/26/demand-for-pools-hot-tubs-surging-due-to-covid-19

 

Mar 29, 2021

The push continues for a solution to lumber shortages and skyrocketing lumber prices. A large number of sawmills were shut down early last year, creating a major shortage of lumber for the construction industry. While there’s hope that sawmills will return to full capacity as people get vaccinated and social distancing mandates are relaxed, the National Association of Homebuilders is urging policymakers to find solutions right now.

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1 - https://www.nahb.org/advocacy/top-priorities/material-costs/solving-the-lumber-crisis
 
2 - https://nahbnow.com/2021/02/record-high-lumber-prices-add-24k-to-the-price-of-a-new-home/
 
3 - https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/17/housing-starts-february-2021.html#:~:text=and%20construction%20activity.%22-,Housing%20starts%20fell%2010.3%25%20to%20a%20seasonally%20adjusted%20annual%20rate,on%2Dyear%20basis%20in%20February.
 
4 - https://nahbnow.com/2021/03/lumber-prices-stalling-much-needed-multifamily-and-affordable-housing-supply/?_ga=2.24865850.1827718439.1616712139-54843561.1614272299
 
5 - https://nahbnow.com/2021/03/a-full-court-press-on-lumber/?_ga=2.250824582.1827718439.1616712139-54843561.1614272299
 
6 - https://fortune.com/2021/03/20/lumber-prices-2021-chart-when-will-wood-shortage-end-price-of-lumber-go-down-home-sales-cost-update-march/
 
7 - https://www.nahb.org/advocacy/top-priorities/material-costs/outreach-to-the-administration-and-congress?_ga=2.182658726.1827718439.1616712139-54843561.1614272299

 

Mar 27, 2021

Individuals across the U.S. are getting a new round of stimulus checks worth more than $410 Billion. This is the third time the government has handed out money because of the pandemic. While many people are still suffering financially, the economy is also recovering, and that’s raising a lot of questions about whether people should save, spend, or invest their checks.

So what should individuals do with their stimulus checks? I thought I’d cover some of the ideas and recommendations I’ve been seeing in the news, and what many people say they are planning to do with their checks.

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1 - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-16/biden-stimulus-check-1-400-best-investment-ideas-save-or-spend-it
 
2 - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/americans-ready-to-plow-10-of-stimulus-checks-into-bitcoin-and-stocks-survey-says-11615823512
 
3 - https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/young-investors-are-putting-stimulus-checks-into-stocks-and-bitcoin-152629197.html
 
4 - https://finance.yahoo.com/news/warren-buffett-wants-1-400-151000599.html
 
5 - https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/03/11/latest-stimulus-payments-cover-months-rent-some-places-less-than-month-others/
 

 

Mar 22, 2021
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending March 20th, 2021... why homebuilder confidence took a dip, why we won’t have a spring home-buying season, and superstitions that discourage homebuyers.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and new assurances from the Federal Reserve about economic growth and inflation. While Fed officials expect to see a GDP OF 6.5% this year and inflation slightly higher than 2%, they have no plans to raise interest rates in 2021.
 
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Mar 20, 2021

New risk reduction policies at Fannie Mae could make it harder to get loans for single-family second homes and investment properties. The GSE sent letters to lenders saying it will impose a new 7% limit on the acceptance of those kinds of loans. Fannie is currently accepting a higher percentage. So what does that mean for investors?

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Mar 18, 2021

Dozens of New York City landlords are being accused of discriminating against people with housing vouchers. A housing rights watchdog group filed a federal lawsuit against 88 brokers and landlords after an undercover operation that involved recorded phone calls.

The state of New York made it illegal to discriminate against tenants based on their source of income in 2019. That includes people who use Section 8 vouchers to pay their rent as well as other forms of assistance like child support, alimony, foster care subsidies, and veterans benefits. There are a few exceptions that include rentals in one- or two-family homes but only if they are occupied by the owner.

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1 - https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/source_of_income_discrimination.pdf
 
2 - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/15/nyregion/real-estate-lawsuit-section-8-discrimination.html
 
3 - https://www.nmhc.org/research-insight/analysis-and-guidance/source-of-income-laws-by-state-county-and-city/
Mar 15, 2021

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending March 13th, 2021… a $1.9 Trillion economic rescue, iBuyer 2021 rebound, and a Zillow hiring spree.

We begin with economic news from this past week, and the approval of a $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 relief package. The National Association of Realtors is applauding the high-dollar stimulus plan because there are several provisions that will help the housing market, including another $21.55 billion in rental assistance. Landlords who are owed back rent will benefit from those funds, and the previous $25 billion approved in December. $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals will also help the back rent situation. There’s also money to help homeowners struggling to pay mortgages, as well as small businesses, schools, and local governments that are low on cash.

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Links:
 
1 - https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2021/03/11/biden-signs-covid-19-rescue-package-into-law
 
2 - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/consumers-pay-higher-prices-in-february-cpi-shows-as-inflation-creeps-up-11615384314?cx_testId=22&cx_testVariant=cx_1&cx_artPos=2&mod=home-page-cx#cxrecs_s
 
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https://www.marketwatch.com/story/jobless-claims-fall-sharply-to-lowest-level-since-november-11615470023?mod=economic-report
 
4 - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/job-openings-rise-in-january-as-labor-market-strengthens-11615476422?mod=mw_latestnews
 
5 - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/u-s-march-consumer-sentiment-hits-post-pandemic-high-11615561947
 
6 - http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/
 
7 - https://realestateinvestingtoday.com/nmhc-says-80-4-of-apartment-households-paid-rent-by-march-6th/
 
8 - https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2021/03/11/ibuyer-financial-losses-mount
 
9 - https://investors.zillowgroup.com/investors/news-and-events/news/news-details/2021/Zillow-Announces-Plans-to-Hire-More-Than-2000-Employees-Nationwide-in-2021/default.aspx
Mar 15, 2021

The pandemic has increased renter preferences for certain amenities, and one New York City website has come up with an interesting list of “must haves.” It’s a top 10 list that was compiled from search results in December and January by apartment listing website StreetEasy.

People have been spending more time at home since the start of the pandemic, and that’s changed a lot of priorities about our home space. Although there are many preferences on this list that are geared toward apartment buildings, several apply to any kind of rental situation.

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1 - https://streeteasy.com/blog/apartment-amenities-new-yorkers-want-most/
 
2 - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/11/realestate/which-amenities-are-most-popular.html
 

 

Mar 10, 2021
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending March 6th, 2021… new concerns about inflation, signs of a job market rebound, and gender bias in the mortgage market. 
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and a stock market roller coaster that had real estate investors breathing a sigh of relief. Many of the high-flying tech stocks went south in response to concerns about inflation after Treasury yields spiked  a few times. Economists are also worried that the $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus package that Congress is trying to pass will overheat the economy, and that recent signs of inflation are just the beginning.
 
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Mar 6, 2021

Selling a home is about to get cheaper as the result of an antitrust lawsuit. Because of a settlement between the National Association of Realtors and the Department of Justice, the fees that sellers pay to buyers will be publicly displayed on listing pages. Redfin is already doing it in many markets, and other real estate websites are expected to follow suit in the coming months. That kind of transparency typically results in more competition and lower rates.

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Mar 6, 2021

A Texas judge has ruled the CDC’s nationwide eviction moratorium is unconstitutional. It’s been in effect since last spring because of the pandemic, and has put some landlords in a tough spot because they can’t afford to support tenants who aren’t paying rent. The ruling stopped short of an injunction, and it’s now being appealed by the Department of Justice.

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Mar 2, 2021
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending February 27th, 2021... a Fed update on economic policy, an FHFA reprieve for tenants and homeowners, and a rise in demand for rural land.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. He told Congress that there are signs the economy is recovering but that substantial improvements are still needed in the job market, and that inflation needs to get closer to the 2% mark.
 
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Mar 2, 2021

California landlords may face a new excise tax. AB 1199 would impose a tax on landlords to pay for the privilege of renting or leasing property in California. Some people feel it’s an end run to the failed Proposition 15 in the last election which would’ve eliminated Prop 13 protections for commercial property. AB 1199 would also create a public registry of rental property information including the names of the individual property owners.

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1 - https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1199
 
2 - https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/proposed-excise-tax-intentional-effort-to-subvert-the-will-of-california-voters/

3 - https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/excise-tax-on-ca-property-owners-for-renting-or-leasing-property-in-new-bill/

 

Feb 25, 2021

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending February 20th, 2021… how rents are doing in smaller markets, whether Opportunity Zones are turning profits, and an easy place to find flood risk data for individual properties.

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Feb 25, 2021

Every year, California residents face a profusion of new laws, and this year, there are several new laws that will have a big impact on real estate. I’ve covered a few of them before, but they are important enough to mention again along with a few others for our California listeners and for people interested in what California is doing as a potential trend-setter for other states.

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Feb 23, 2021

The numbers keep going up for the housing market. Redfin reports that competition is so fierce among buyers that a majority of homes are going under contract within two weeks. That’s also driving home prices to new record highs.

Redfin reports that median asking prices are up 10% from a year ago, to a new all-time high of $334,770. It also says that median sale prices are up 15% year-over-year to $318,750.

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Feb 17, 2021

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending February 13th, 2021... new comments from the Fed Chief on the risk of inflation, a new extension for government forbearance programs, and a forecast on homebuyer demand.

We begin with economic news from the past week, and Fed Chief Jerome Powell’s commentary about inflation. He spoke before the Economic club of New York saying he doesn’t expect a big jump or a sustained increase in inflation right now. He says: “Inflation has been much lower and more stable over the past three decades than in earlier times. In the 1970’s, when inflation would go up, it would stay up.”

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Feb 13, 2021

Will it be another great year for single-family homes? After a surge in demand for single-family homes last year, the big question on many investor minds is whether this is “a fad or a real trend.” The Urban Land Institute and PWC just published a yearly report on real estate trends, with some insights on where the single-family market may be headed.

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Link:
https://www.pwc.com/us/en/asset-management/real-estate/assets/pwc-emerging-trends-in-real-estate-2021.pdf

 

Feb 11, 2021

With eviction moratoriums in place for nearly a year now, one might assume that investing in rental property would not be prudent. If people lose their jobs and can't pay rent, how can the landlord pay for their bills like the mortgage, property taxes and insurance? Yet, in spite of these unprecedented challenges, some metro areas have actually seen rents rise - according to a recent CoreLogic report that tracks rent collections.

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Feb 9, 2021

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending February 6th, 2021... new record-highs for Houston real estate, good news about renter credit scores, and a big “first” for the 3D printing of homes.

We begin with economic news from this past week and the latest job market reports. New applications for unemployment benefits fell to their lowest level in nine weeks. The government says that 779,000 people filed for state unemployment benefits during the last week of January.

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Feb 6, 2021
Realtors are expecting another “booming” year for Central Florida real estate. 2020 was better than they expected and they say it looks like 2021 will follow along that path. Inventory is tight, but some economists expect more existing homes to hit the market, once the pandemic is under control. Builders are also working to fill the inventory gap in the for-sale and rental markets.
 
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Jan 30, 2021

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending January 30th, 2021… the Fed’s latest policy decisions, more good news about home sales, and a Zillow forecast on home values.

We begin with economic news from this past week, and another meeting of the Federal Reserve that ended with no policy changes and signs that short-term interest rates will stay right where they are for several years. The Fed also said it has no plans to taper its monthly purchase of $120 billion in bonds until it sees “substantial further progress” in a job market recovery, along with inflation that sits above 2% for some amount of time.

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