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Real Estate News: Real Estate Investing Podcast

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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Oct 23, 2020

A company that helps people live “off-the-grid” in floating sea pod homes is now offering a different kind of live-work-play experience. Ocean Builders is converting a former cruise ship into a floating condominium complex off the coast of Panama for digital nomads, expats, researchers, start-ups, and crypto businesses. And you can own one for as little as $25,000.

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Oct 22, 2020

California voters will tackle three thorny real estate issues on November 3rd. One will raise taxes on a significant group of taxpayers, while another will provide a property tax reprieve, and a third will allow new rent control measures for virtually all rental properties, including single-family homes. In this episode, you’ll hear more about Propositions 15, 19, and 21 in the 2020 California election.

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Oct 20, 2020

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending October 17th, 2020, mortgage rates hit a new low, the pandemic migration hits 16 million, and condos are headed for a comeback.

We begin with economic news from this past week that shows mixed results. On the employment front, jobless claims surged to a 7-week high. 

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Oct 17, 2020

If you’re thinking about hosting a Halloween party at the end of the month, you won’t be able to do it at an Airbnb. Airbnb announced a ban on one-night whole house reservations for Halloween weekend. It’s not only a way to keep peace with the hosts and with neighbors, but a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Oct 17, 2020
The federal government issued new guidelines on the CDC eviction moratorium. It clears up some questions that legal experts have been debating on what landlords can and can’t do including when eviction proceedings can begin. While it clarifies certain aspects of the moratorium for property owners, some scholars say it may also make it more confusing.
 
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Oct 12, 2020

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending October 10th, 2020... Fed Chief calls for more stimulus, the job market recovery cools off, and a haunted house appears on Zillow.

We begin with economic news from this past week, and comments from Fed Chief Jerome Powell about the need for more stimulus. In a speech to the National Association for Business Economics, he said it’s better for Congress to offer too much support than too little.

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Oct 12, 2020

The Small Business Administration says it has begun PPP loan forgiveness after some frustrating delays. The Paycheck Protection Program was introduced in April, and tens of thousands of small business owners have been waiting to have those loans forgiven. Banks say the process for converting loans into grants has been complicated, but the SBA says it now expects to move quickly on the approval and payoff of those loans.

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Oct 10, 2020

There’s a new twist on the old timeshare. It’s a start-up called Pacaso that takes the timeshare model and expands it to something closer to owning your own single-family vacation home. Instead of owning a second home and all the costs that go along with it, Pacaso finds co-owners to share the expense. Scheduling for use of the home is flexible, and allows for much greater access than a timeshare. And, Pacaso takes care of all the management.

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Oct 10, 2020

Home buyers searching for affordable markets may be changing the political landscape. A new Realtor.com analysis shows that blue state home buyers are searching for new homes in red states. It’s unclear if these search results represent actual migrations, but they could indicate a shift in voter preferences for several important swing states. And that could have an impact on the upcoming presidential election.

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Oct 6, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending October 3rd, 2020... the sale of new homes hit a big milestone in September, small business owners are feeling optimistic about survival, and why the daily commute could be gone for good.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week that has been overshadowed by news that President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.
 
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Oct 5, 2020
Official reports on consumer prices show that inflation is on the low side, but the true cost of living feels a little different. The cost of things that people are actually buying have risen sharply during the pandemic -- things like food, cleaning products, used cars, medical care, and real estate. Although the Fed feels that we’re likely to see an extended period of low inflation, some economists say “inflation is already here.” At least one financing expert is also predicting that this low mortgage rate bonanza is about to end.
 
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Oct 2, 2020
Many people have reported an unusual side effect of the pandemic. They say they’ve been having more intense dreams than normal, and can often remember them when they wake up. Sleep experts call them “quarandreams.” And oddly enough, many of them are focused on “real estate.”
 
Sleep experts say it’s not surprising that people are dreaming more vividly right now. It could be due to more stress because of the virus, more time to sleep without interruption, or less noise to interfere with sleep. Or maybe something else entirely. But the real estate-focused subject matter may be something to pay attention to because a house often represents our current emotional state. And according to experts, dreams are a way we send a message to ourselves about what we may want or need. In this case, Realtor.com teamed up with author and sleep analyst, Layne Dalfen, to come up with a list of common real estate dreams and what they might mean.
 
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Sep 28, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending September 26th, 2020... home sales hit new highs, remote workers head south, and a new color-of-the-year for your wall.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and testimony from Fed Chief Jerome Powell that rattled stock investors. As you know, Wall Street doesn’t like uncertainty, and that’s what Powell dished up for members of Congress last Tuesday.
 
 
Sep 28, 2020
The presence of a Whole Foods on the ground level of an apartment building provides a big bump in rental rates for landlords. There’s a new study that shows renters will pay a premium to live so close to a high-end grocery store. The so-called “premium grocer effect” also applies to single-family neighborhoods with an impact on home prices and equity, if there’s a favorite grocery store nearby.
 
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Sep 26, 2020
Existing home inventory is down. It’s gotten much worse since the start of the pandemic. Realtor.com says there are almost 400,000 fewer homes on the MLS than there were at the same time last year. The lack of inventory is pushing home prices higher, and reducing the number of days it takes to sell a home. That’s pushing many homebuyers and investors into the new home market.
 
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Sep 23, 2020
The pandemic has turned many office employees into remote workers, and for some, that could mean the freedom to move to a new, less expensive location. Some businesses are even encouraging employees to move, with a bonus. But there is a catch. Employees who move to a place with a lower cost of living, may also get a pay cut, and that’s not sitting well with some of them.
 
Payment processing company Stripe is one company that is encouraging employees to move. It has offices in 16 cities around the globe and almost 3,000 employees. It’s giving $20,000 to employees who move from some of the bigger cities like San Francisco, New York, and Seattle, but is also telling them they’ll get a 10% pay cut. The pay cut will correspond to a lower cost of living in the city they move to.
 
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Sep 21, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending September 19th, 2020... the Federal Reserve offers an improved 2020 forecast for U.S. economic growth, empty nesters are getting their adult kids back, and the Detroit rental market has gotten “wacky.”
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and an update on economic policy from the Federal Reserve. The Fed said in a statement it expects to keep short-term bank rates near zero until the end of 2023, and that inflation would have to rise above 2% for “some time” before rates are increased.
 
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Sep 18, 2020
A decline in rent growth for single-family homes brought on by the pandemic appears to have stabilized. The CoreLogic Single-Family Rent Index shows that it moved higher in July at a year-over-year rate of 1.7%. It had sunk to 1.4% in June. While that’s good for the nation, metros vary and some have more catching up to do than others.
 
The pandemic swept across the country in February, forcing businesses to close and leaving a huge number of people unemployed. Many single-family landlords lowered their rents to keep tenants in place. That brought a steady rate of rental increases in the SFR marketplace to a much lower level. According to data from CoreLogic, they were rising at an average of 2.9%  during the first quarter of the year. From there, they slide to 1.7% in May and then 1.4% in June. 
 
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Sep 16, 2020
There was a slight uptick in foreclosure filings in the U.S. as the pandemic continues and an agreement on a new stimulus to help ailing homeowners has stalled.  Real estate data firm CoreLogic released a report that shows serious delinquencies spiked in June. Without government assistance or major job market improvement by the end of the year, those delinquencies could turn into foreclosures.
 
The CoreLogic report shows that 2.9% percent of U.S. home loans were overdue by 90 to 119 days in June. That’s the highest they’ve been in 21 years, according to CoreLogic’s chief economist Frank Nothaft. He says: “If there are new government programs, maybe that alleviates some of the risks, but given what we know today, we could be looking at a serious delinquency rate that is four times higher at the end of 2021 than it was before the start of the pandemic.”
 
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Sep 16, 2020
A national eviction ban is now in place that protects tenants for the rest of the year without offering any help for landlords. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it as an emergency health measure to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. But it does little to solve the problem of unpaid rent for landlords, who have bills to pay, or tenants, who face a giant balloon payment when the moratorium expires.
 
The CDC order went into effect on September 4th and runs through December 31st. That gives tenants a four-month reprieve from their rent obligations, if they don’t have the means to pay. Local eviction bans that provide equal or greater protection for tenants take precedence, so properties already covered by a COVID-19 eviction ban, are likely exempt from the national ban.
 
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Sep 16, 2020
Corporate landlords are defying the federal eviction ban with a surge in new filings. According to one report, institutional landlords filed more than 900 eviction cases in eight metro areas during the week after the ban was announced. The ban attempts to protect tenants who can’t pay their rent because of the pandemic, but the moratorium is not preventing landlords from challenging tenant claims about their finances.
 
The Private Equity Stakeholder Project was already tracking evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic before the CDC announced a national moratorium on evictions, and that in early August, the big landlords had only filed 165 eviction claims. The organization attempts to connect investors with the people and communities that are impacted by private equity investments.
 
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Sep 15, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending September 12th, 2020... mortgage rates dipped into record territory once again, apartment rent collection numbers, and a housing market that is on a “sugar high.”
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and a mixed report on the job market. The number of people applying for jobless benefits rose slightly this last week. Continuing claims were also slightly higher than they were the week before. But, the government reported a 1.4 million increase in newly created jobs, and an unemployment rate that fell from 10.2% to 8.4%.
 
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Sep 10, 2020
The pandemic is not dampening enthusiasm for Crystal Lagoons. In fact, the Crystal Lagoons company says it’s expanding its model for lagoons built for public access, and expects post-pandemic demand to rise. It says people will want to enjoy a vacation-like atmosphere without going on a plane. At Real Wealth, we are looking forward to the 2020 opening of a lagoon connected with one of our developments in Florida.
 
We’ve been excited about Crystal Lagoons since they were first introduced several years ago as a way to create a tropical beach paradise of any size on just about any piece of property in the world. They change the real estate concept of location, location, location to “wherever you want to build,” because these lagoons “create” a location. 
 
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Sep 10, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending September 5th, 2020... upbeat reports on new jobs and unemployment, another nationwide eviction moratorium, and a pandemic-inspired boom in the purchase of second homes.
 
We have the latest economic news from this past week, and some good news about the job market and residential construction. But, overshadowing those headlines is an announcement from the federal government for a new nationwide eviction moratorium.
 
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Sep 4, 2020
Some California landlords say a new tenant protection law increases their risk of foreclosure, although the new law is better than the one it replaces. Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB-3088 on August 31st just hours before previous eviction moratoriums expired. Because it includes an emergency clause, it went into effect right away, protecting tenants for another five months.
 
Newsom approved the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 after “feverish” negotiations by lawmakers and landlord groups. They hammered out AB-3088 as a compromise bill while the clock ticked down on the deadline. Without a deal, the Sacramento Bee says as many as four million California tenants would have been at risk of eviction, for unpaid rent.
 
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