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You May Be A More Important Real Estate Investor Than You Think

You May Be A More Important Real Estate Investor Than You Think

Small is Big! If you own one investment property you are a significant investor and contributor to the American economy.  The engaged (as opposed to “aspiring,”) real estate investor population is estimated to be at 11.1 million individuals and companies.  Together this tier of investors owns $3.1 trillion in single-family residential (SFR) asset value representing...
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How Trump’s Presidency Could Impact Real Estate

How Trump’s Presidency Could Impact Real Estate

How will the real estate market be impacted by Donald Trump’s victory and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress? Though Mr. Trump is a real estate man, his policy platform has been largely vague on real estate proposals.  Here are my thoughts on how certain real estate issues may play out under President Trump...
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Hillary or Donald: Who’s Better For Housing?

Hillary or Donald: Who’s Better For Housing?

Trump has a 10-point lead on Clinton when Americans are asked about which candidate will spur higher home prices.  Primary results also suggest candidates weren’t popular in places where housing prices had a strong recovery. So of the two presumptive major-party nominees for U.S. presidency, whom do you think will be best for housing...
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How To Prosper When The Market Collapses

How To Prosper When The Market Collapses

Look, I’m going to level with you.  I think we’re screwed. We all saw what happened last week because of “Brexit” (British Exit).  The markets are in uncertain territory. Add inflation and the potential for recession – this situation becomes even more complex. People are tightening their belts. Read the rest of How To...
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How Real Estate Markets Work

How Real Estate Markets Work

You do not need a degree in economics to become market-literate, just an understanding of how local real estate economies work, fluency with the terminology and good sources for local data on sales, prices, values, and inventories.  Add your professional expertise and your skilled observations of the latest trends in the charts and numbers...
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How Rising Interest Rates Affect Real Estate Investors

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Real Estate Investors

Home-buyers rejoice when interest rates drop, but rising interest rates can actually be a good thing for investors. Because high rates make homes less affordable, the rental market improves, giving real estate investors a chance to improve cash flow and increase their return on investment. Read the rest of How Rising Interest Rates Affect...
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How the Economic Machine Works – Ray Dalio

How the Economic Machine Works – Ray Dalio

How does the economy really work? This simple but not simplistic video by Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates, shows the basic driving forces behind the economy, and explains why economic cycles occur by breaking down concepts such as credit, interest rates, leveraging and deleveraging. Read the rest of How the Economic Machine...
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Where Are Americans Moving To?

Where Are Americans Moving To?

U-Haul moving truck price disparities usually indicate domestic migration trends long before official migration does.  In light of that, we compared the costs of renting a truck each direction to and from 16 cities and learned that: People are leaving New York, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia in droves (and are being partially replaced by foreign...
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What Rental Property Investors Can Expect in 2016

What Rental Property Investors Can Expect in 2016

The 2016 housing market is expected to be a picture of moderate but solid growth, with increasing interest rates a minimal concern.  Rental investors will particularly benefit as property appreciates, rents rise to record heights and vacancy rates fall. The housing market is looking more and more attractive for predictable yields as equities continue...
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What’s Different about the Latest Housing Boom?

What’s Different about the Latest Housing Boom?

After peaking in 2006, the median U.S. house price fell about 30%, finally hitting bottom in late 2011.  Since then, house prices have rebounded strongly and are nearly back to the pre-recession peak. However, conditions in the latest boom appear far less precarious than those in the previous episode.  The current run-up exhibits a...
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