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How Does “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Impact Capital Gains on Real Estate In 2018

How Does “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Impact Capital Gains on Real Estate In 2018

Capital Gains Tax On Real Estate 2018 Many people are wondering how the newly instituted tax reforms by the United States Congress is going to affect them. From the look of things, many Americans believe they have so much to lose with the implementation of these new tax laws. Due to implementation of “The...
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Q1 GDP: Investment

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Q1 GDP: Investment

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the GDP report, real residential investment was unchanged in Q1. But residential investment (RI) as a percent GDP actually increased in Q1! How can that be? The answer is that the price index for residential investment increased sharply in Q1 (up 8.5% annualized). The large increase in the residential investment price...
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MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease Slightly in Latest Weekly Survey

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MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease Slightly in Latest Weekly Survey

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Slightly Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Surve Mortgage applications decreased 0.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 20, 2018. … The Refinance Index decreased 0.3 percent from the previous week. The seasonally...
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The One Percent Rule – Quick Math For Positive Cash Flow Rental Properties

The One Percent Rule – Quick Math For Positive Cash Flow Rental Properties

The one percent rule is an analysis tool used by real estate investors to quickly screen potential rental properties. In this article I’ll go into more depth about what it is, when to use it (and when not to!), and why it can be helpful.  I’ll also address the one percent rule in high-priced markets....
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Monday: Existing Home Sales

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Monday: Existing Home Sales

Weekend:• Schedule for Week of Apr 22, 2018 Monday:• At 8:30 AM ET, Chicago Fed National Activity Index for March. This is a composite index of other data. • At 10:00 AM, Existing Home Sales for March from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The consensus is for 5.28 million SAAR, down from 5.54...
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Oil Rigs “Middling rig adds”

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Oil Rigs “Middling rig adds”

A few comments from Steven Kopits of Princeton Energy Advisors LLC on Apr 20, 2018: • Total US oil rigs were up, +5 to 820 • Horizontal oil rigs were up,+6 at 723…• Almost all the action was back in the Permian, +9 horizontal oil rigs • The breakeven oil price to add rigs...
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Top Reasons To Invest In Atlanta Rental Properties in 2018

Top Reasons To Invest In Atlanta Rental Properties in 2018

Should You Invest In Atlanta Rental Properties? There are many reasons to invest in Atlanta rental properties such as lucrative returns, growing population, great neighborhoods & school systems, good infrastructure, solid appreciation of properties, etc. Metro Atlanta is fast becoming a shinning star in the real estate investment sector. Here are some conspicuous signs for investors to...
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Thursday: Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Mfg Survey

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Thursday: Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Mfg Survey

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Inch Higher as Bonds Suggest More Trouble Ahead Mortgage rates moved higher today as bond markets continued a mildly weaker trend for the month of April. Bonds (which underlie rates) are under pressure for a variety of reasons. The most notable headwinds are longer-term and...
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Tuesday: Housing Starts, Industrial Production

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Tuesday: Housing Starts, Industrial Production

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Back to Unchanged After Starting Higher Mortgage rates began the day at higher levels, as bond markets lost ground overnight. Bonds dictate rates, and “losing ground” means bond prices are falling. When bond prices fall, rates move higher.…As bonds improved, most lenders ended up releasing...
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10 Best Cities To Invest In The United States Real Estate In 2018

10 Best Cities To Invest In The United States Real Estate In 2018

Real estate remains an appealing asset class for investors because of the opportunity to earn recurrent income from rentals. If the market dynamics are optimal, your monthly rental income can fully offset the expenses associated with servicing your mortgage. Interest rates remain low and so debt is still cheap. If you can access credit,...
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