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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: July, 2020
Jul 28, 2020
Millions of U.S. properties are at substantial risk of flooding, and some say that risk is growing due to climate change. But it hasn’t been easy to determine a property’s flood risk. Many states don’t have flood history disclosure requirements, and FEMA maps don’t tell the whole story. A non-profit academic research group hopes to close that information gap with a new visualization tool that calculates flood risk for 142 million properties across the U.S.
 
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Jul 25, 2020
Demand for warehouse space is skyrocketing as more and more people shop online, and that is providing another option for struggling malls. Mall owners with vacant space on their hands or retailers with an online presence are turning retail space into warehouse space for e-commerce. And there’s plenty of room for this trend to fly. A new report from commercial real estate services firm JLL says we may need another 1 billion square feet of warehouse space by 2025.
 
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Jul 25, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending July 25th, 2020... numbers surge for both new and existing home sales, first-time homebuyers may get penalty-free access to retirement accounts, and critics pounce on Airbnb’s request for donations.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and a real estate market that is not bogged down by the coronavirus. The Commerce Department reported that the pace of new home sales surged 13.8% in June. That’s the highest level in 13 years.
 
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Jul 25, 2020
An Iowa landlord got caught in an impossible situation. He said “yes” to an emotional support dog, and that dog ended up bothering another tenant who had allergies. The allergic tenant sued because she rented the apartment with the understanding that no pets were allowed, and the court sided with her because she was there first. The case itself has an important lesson for landlords dealing with the conflicting needs of its tenants.
 
This has not been an easy dispute to resolve. The case worked its way to the Iowa Supreme court where Chief Justice Susan Christensen acknowledged that the landlord got himself into a “pickle” trying to satisfy the needs of both tenants.
 
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Jul 24, 2020
A crowdfunding company that raised hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of investors appears to have fallen into a black hole. Prodigy Network was already on shaky ground financially when founder Rodrigo Niño died a few months ago. And now, it’s not clear who’s running the company. The website is still blazing a message of prosperity, but calls and emails are going unanswered.
 
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Jul 22, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending July 18th, 2020... home construction is booming for a second month in a row, mortgage rates are at a 50-year low, and drive-in theaters are popping up across the country.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and a housing market that is rebounding nicely from the pandemic. The Commerce Department reported that housing starts continued a surge that began in May. They were up 17.3% in June, after a 17% increase in May...
 
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Jul 17, 2020
If you want to stretch your real estate investing dollars as far as you can, you may want to look at Detroit. Motor City is the number one large metro for the amount of residential square footage you can get for your money. You might run into some competition as a summer buyer however. There are reports that the Detroit real estate market is booming right now, despite concerns about the pandemic.
 
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Jul 17, 2020
Mortgage rates have never been this low. Freddie Mac reported on July 16th that the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell below the 3% mark to just 2.98%. That’s the lowest they’ve been in the 50 years that rates have been tracked. Those low rates are great for buyers, but they are also the results of the current crisis.
 
Mortgage rates tend to drop when investors pour money into the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond. When there’s more demand from investors buying up Treasurys, bond prices rise as yields go down (just like in real estate, when prices rise and cash flows decline). Investors who typically buy bonds also buy mortgage-backed securities for the same reason -- for safety, even if the return is lower. 
 
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Jul 16, 2020
Multi-millionaires around the world are renewing their call for a wealth tax. This time, they say it’s needed to help heal the world from this pandemic.
 
There are 83 ultra-wealthy individuals who signed an open letter this last week, asking their respective governments to raise taxes for people like them. They call themselves “Millionaires for Humanity” and say this tax should be imposed “immediately, substantially, and permanently.” 
 
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Jul 11, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending July 11th, 2020... new record-low  mortgage rates, where rents are rising, and what to expect from home prices.
 
We begin with economic news for the past week, and some progress on getting back to work. The Labor Department reported that initial jobless claims hit a seasonally-adjusted four-month low of 1.31 million. That’s down from 1.41 million the week before last. Those figures don’t include benefits handed out through a temporary federal-relief program or state programs. If you include those figures, the total number of people receiving benefits is more like 31.5 million.
 
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Jul 11, 2020
Businesses large and small lined up for the government’s Paycheck Protection Program, and now many of them may be lining up for an audit. The program was designed to help companies that were hurt by the coronavirus with loans that are forgivable if employees are kept on the payroll. But loans were approved quickly, without a lot of documentation, and now many businesses may have to prove that they truly meet the loan criteria, or give the money back.
 
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Jul 10, 2020
Two national reports on rent collection show that most tenants are meeting their rent obligations, although the results are slightly lower than last month. Eviction moratoriums are also being lifted in some markets, making it possible for landlords to address a difficult financial situation with an eviction, if needed.
 
The National Multi-Housing Council keeps track of rent collection for apartments. In the Council’s rent collection report for July, it says that 77.4 percent of renters made a full or partial rent payment by July 6th. Property managers usually give renters five days to pay their rent, so they can report “on time” payments by the 6th. 
 
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Jul 9, 2020
The latest jobs report shows a stunning 4.8 million jobs were added back into the economy in June. That’s on top of 2.5 million jobs that were added in May. Both represent the two biggest monthly gains in U.S. history. Although they “shattered expectations” as the White House wrote in a headline, there’s more to know about the status of the current job market.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic that shut down our economy put 22.2 million people out of work during the first two months of the crisis. The addition of 8.3 million jobs in the last two months is an impressive turnaround, but it still leaves millions of formerly employed people without a job.
 
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Jul 4, 2020
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending the Fourth of July 2020... market optimism after a report on pending home sales, good news about jobs, and a new FICO score that could help borrowers with below-average scores.
 
We begin with economic news from this past week, and a report on pending home sales that sent the stock market soaring. They were up a record 44.3% from April to May, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s the largest monthly increase ever. It also followed two months of serious declines, but is evidence of what some economists say will be a “V”-shaped recovery for the housing market.
 
 
Jul 4, 2020
If you have gold in your financial portfolio, beware of any holdings connected to Kingold Jewelry. It’s now at the center of a massive gold fraud scandal. And what adds another layer of intrigue is the company’s location, in Wuhan, China, which is the epicenter of the current pandemic. 
 
The gold scandal is not connected to the pandemic, but is it creating new shockwaves connected to China. According to a report by Zero Hedge, 83 tons of fake gold were used to secure loans and insurance policies for Kingold. The gold is supposed to be worth 16 billion yuan or about 2.2 billion dollars but it was discovered that the gold bars were just gold-plated copper. It’s believed to be the biggest gold counterfeiting scandal in recent history.
 
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Jul 2, 2020
The pandemic is giving many of us “shakephobia.” Shaking hands is a common way to express good will and is often used during the closing of a business deal. It’s also a great way to spread germs, and maybe not a wise thing to do as the coronavirus spreads. I thought I’d dedicate this podcast to ways you can avoid a handshake without offending the person you are greeting.
 
The handshake has been around for a long time. The message a handshake delivers is one of trust, respect, equality, and, in business, agreement.
 
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Jul 1, 2020
It’s headline news for residential real estate. The National Association of Realtors is reporting a mammoth 44.3% increase in pending home sales for the month of May. That’s after a decline during the previous two months when the pandemic was at its peak. Economists see this as a sign of a “V-shaped” recovery that could help lead the economy out of the current recession.
 
The market for existing homes was pretty much at a standstill for two months. Sellers didn’t want to list their homes out of fear of the selling process -- that buyers touring homes would bring germs. Stay-at-home orders also kept the number of buyers to a minimum, especially those who wanted to see a home in person before they signed on the dotted line. 
 
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