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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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Now displaying: June, 2020
Jun 30, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending June 25th, 2020... new home sales are surging, real estate investors are feeling optimistic, and a home buyer priority that can make or break a sale.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and some promising signs for the housing market. The government reported a big surge in the sale of new homes in May. They were up a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 16.6%. In May of last year, they were up 12.7%. The Northeast experienced the biggest increase. Sales were up 45.5% in that region. The national median sales price for a new home is $317,900.
 
 
Jun 26, 2020
Efforts to eliminate signs of racism have swept across the country. From the toppling of confederate statues to the retiring of the Aunt Jemima image by Quaker Oats, individuals and businesses are getting rid of racist symbols. The word “master” is something that’s used in the real estate world to describe the main bedroom in a house. In one city, realtors have decided to replace that word on the MLS because it “can” invoke thoughts of slavery.
 
The Houston Association of Realtors stopped using the words “master bedroom” and “master bathroom” on June 15th. Instead, the association is describing those rooms as “primary bedroom” and “primary bathroom.”
Jun 26, 2020
If you’re in the market for a single-family home, chances are you’ll have competition this summer. Searches for single-family homes have surged as many more people clamor after the privacy of a home with a yard in the midst of this pandemic. A Redfin report says interest in single-family homes hit a four-year high last month. Tampa is at the top of the list for an increase in single-family web searches, probably due to things like Florida’s great weather, low home prices, low taxes, and a friendly business environment.
 
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Jun 20, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending June 20th, 2020… competition heats up among home buyers, mortgage rates hit a new low, and what tenants are doing to manage their finances.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and testimony from Fed Chief Jerome Powell on the state of the economy. He told members of Congress that some economic data points to a “modest rebound” right now, but he also warned of significant uncertainty about how the recovery may take place. The nation is still at the mercy of COVID-19 as cases rise in some states and new safety measures are put in place. Several states and cities have ordered that masks are worn in public, including California.
 
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Jun 20, 2020
There are big changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that benefit independent contractors and sole proprietors. The changes include more lenient requirements for how you spend the money, an easier process for loan forgiveness, and a longer period of forbearance. But the deadline to sign up is approaching at the end of the month, so if you haven’t applied yet, the clock is ticking.
 
The deadline to sign up for the Paycheck Protection Program is currently June 30th. That didn’t change in the latest update. The changes were authorized in legislation called “The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act of 2020, which was sent to President Trump’s desk for final approval on Friday, June 5th.
 
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Jun 18, 2020
The Fed has launched a new lending program to help struggling companies and get people back to work. The Main Street Lending program was announced in March to help small to medium businesses that were doing well before the pandemic, and it’s rolling out now at local banks. The loans are not forgivable like those in the Paycheck Protection Program but the terms are generous, and they do fill a lending void for businesses that were too big to qualify for the PPP program.
 
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is administering the $600 billion program, but loans are provided through local banks that have registered to participate...
 
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Jun 16, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending June 13th, 2020… the Fed’s plan for the economy, why small businesses are optimistic, and a sudden surge in short-term rental reservations.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week and word from the Fed that the federal funds rate will probably stay right where it is, at zero, for the next couple of years. Fed Chief Jerome Powell said in a news conference after the mid-year meeting: “We’re not even thinking about raising rates.” He didn’t mention negative rates either which is something that other countries have done. Powell also said the Federal Reserve would use a “full range of tools” to support the economy. That includes the buying of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities to provide lending liquidity to the market. The Fed’s current balance sheet is about $7 trillion dollars.
 
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Jun 12, 2020
The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer unleashed anger across the country over the mistreatment of Blacks throughout American history. Inequality can manifest in many ways and in many parts of our culture, despite laws that outlaw discrimination. Our housing and financial markets are no exception. Although the practice of redlining was banned more than 50 years ago, Redfin says that Black families continue to feel the impact.
 
Redlining came into being in the 1930s. The Home Owners’ Loan Corporation rated neighborhoods on their overall likelihood of default or “mortgage security.”
 
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Jun 12, 2020
The Federal Reserve offered a mid-year update on the economy, after skipping the last update in March due to the pandemic. After a two-day meeting, Fed Chief Jerome Powell delivered his comments in a virtual meeting with reporters. He highlighted the fact that we are in the midst of a difficult and challenging time with great uncertainty about the future. But that said, he offered a potential timeline for a recovery that could make us economically whole over the next couple of years.
 
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Jun 11, 2020

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending June 6th, 2020... a pleasant surprise about job growth, a forbearance slowdown, and home design that discourages germs.

We begin with economic news from this past week and a surprise report on the job market that sent the stock market soaring. The government’s job growth report shows a 2.5 million hiring increase for the month of May. That brought the unemployment rate down to 13.3% from a high of almost 15%, because of the pandemic.
 
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Jun 11, 2020
The government is doing everything it can to prop up the housing market. But when those props disappear, will we see foreclosures? Investors capitalized on the foreclosure crisis during the Great Recession. Many single-family homes were snapped up at fire-sale prices, and turned into rentals. But, investors hoping for a similar situation may be waiting for quite some time. According to some experts, we will probably see a surge in defaults and foreclosures, but not at such a grand scale and not for several months or even a couple of years. 
 
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Jun 8, 2020
Some of the nation’s biggest landlords are betting on a surge in demand for single-family rentals in the suburbs. JPMorgan Asset Management and American Homes 4 Rent announced a joint venture to build 2,500 new single-family rentals in western and southwestern high-growth markets. They say the deal will capitalize on a post-pandemic desire to move away from apartments in crowded cities. It will also help address a lack of existing home inventory.
 
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Jun 6, 2020
It was only a few months ago that cities were worried about how to keep their low-income residents. Now there’s concern that the need for social distancing is chasing big companies and their highly-paid employees away. The post-pandemic office environment is going to be different, and there are signs already that businesses are rethinking their office space needs.
 
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Jun 3, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending May 30th, 2020... mortgage rates have hit a new record low, landlords keeping tenants with shorter terms, and buyers want homes with outdoor features.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and signs of life in the housing market. New home sales were up .06% from March to April, although they were down more than 6% from April of last year. But the increase beat analyst expectations, with the biggest rise in the Northeast. Home sales were up almost 8% in that region.
 
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