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Real Estate Cycles: Where Are We Now?

Real Estate Cycles: Where Are We Now?

Real estate prices, as with most financial markets, tend to follow a pattern. For the purpose of this article, we’ll call this pattern “The Real Estate Cycle.” There are many theories out there about The Real Estate Cycle, but the one I like best is called “The Great 18-Year Real Estate Cycle.” Back in...
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Gas Prices and its Effect on Real Estate

Gas Prices and its Effect on Real Estate

Gas prices around the country have been steadily increasing and the probability of $5.00 per gallon is a real possibility. Is it a big deal? Some people think so. According to HUD, people still want to buy homes, particularly the “Y Generation” (those ages 18 to 35). But this group has seen the most...
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Investing in Real Estate Using a Self Directed IRA

Investing in Real Estate Using a Self Directed IRA

A growing number of real estate investors are using a self-directed IRA to finance their property purchases nowadays. That’s because a self-directed IRA can provide them with the opportunity to buy real estate and earn rental income without paying early distribution fees. The Investment Company Institute – the national association of U.S. investment companies,...
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Single-Family Homes and Their Potential

Single-Family Homes and Their Potential

As we continue to go through Morgan Stanley’s “Housing 2.0: The New Rental Paradigm” we’re more confident that 2012 will be a big year for real estate investors.  For one, the financial services company boldly concludes, “…gross rents are historically attractive relative to current distressed prices. Adding to this attractiveness is the fact that...
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The Law of Now

The Law of Now

Optimism can only be rewarding if one takes action. Without it, it’s like driving a car that runs out of fuel; you’ll never arrive at your goal. Your past mistakes or apprehension about the future has nothing to do with what you can do today or what you should act upon. Decision-making may be...
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Median Rent Prices on the Rise as Home Values Drop

Median Rent Prices on the Rise as Home Values Drop

While homes prices continue to be on the decline, rent prices are actually on the rise and showed a 3 percent increase from January 2011 to January 2012, as opposed to home values, which dropped 4.6 percent during that same period, according to a recent Zillow Real Estate Market Report. “While it seems that...
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Real Estate Investment Opportunities Rise as Rentership Grows

Real Estate Investment Opportunities Rise as Rentership Grows

It used to be that home-ownership was a part of the American dream. Home-buyers would scour for properties that suit their needs whether it was for their growing family or for a second home. But the global economic slump that has plagued the real estate market has created a major shift on the housing...
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Warren Buffet on Best Real Estate Investment

Warren Buffet on Best Real Estate Investment

Recently on CNBC, Warren Buffett stated that he would buy “millions” of single family homes if he had the means to manage them.  The more interesting comment he made during his interview was that houses will be a better investment than stocks over the long term.  A powerful comment coming from a person who...
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Real Estate Investors Can Profit in a Down Market

Real Estate Investors Can Profit in a Down Market

One of the most exciting things about being a real estate investor is knowing what markets will produce the greatest long-term returns – especially while in the middle of a challenging housing market. In a down market, savvy real estate investors are eager to find out how they can best leverage their resources. And...
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How to Value Investment Property

How to Value Investment Property

Identifying your property’s value is crucial. As a real estate investor, you need to be aware of the three ways to determine the value of your real estate investments to guide you with your purchase, justify your selling price, or simply learn the basic market valuation techniques. Sales Comparables The most popular method is...
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