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Affording Rent is Becoming More and More Difficult – Could This be a Warning of Another Crash?

by Drew Sygit June 12, 2014
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It’s easy to get the impression that it’s a great time to be a home buyer right now. APRs are still quite low, home prices are rising slowly but are still relatively low as well. The National Association of Realtors touts the awesome opportunities every other week in some news release. And generally, when the […]

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Just Another Artificial Stunt, Or Is The Real Estate Market Really Going Up?

by Chris Feltus May 16, 2014
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What natural factors organically drive the price and demand for real estate? The answer: first time home buyers, trade up buyers and downsizing families. The first group (first time home buyers) is being adversely affected by current economic conditions.The marks of a healthy real estate market is characterized by a strong pool of first time home buyers. We […]

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Real Estate Investors Fail When They Falsely Relate History to the Present and Future

by Jeff Brown May 13, 2014
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Many believe a studious real estate investor, -heck, an investor in anything, can study history to ensure investment success. “Since this is the way it’s been in the last generation or two, logic says that’s the way it’ll be now.” I was literally taught that, face-to-face in many seminars in the ’70s and the ’80s. A […]

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“California Dreamin” – Real Estate Investing In High Dollar Areas

by Karen Margrave March 25, 2014
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HIGH DOLLAR MARKETS – DO THEY MAKE SENSE FOR YOU? When the real estate market crashed we left the area where we had done business for over 30 years and moved to southern California. The area we moved from had an unemployment rate just under 20%, and the prospects for the future of real estate […]

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The Two Facts You Need to Know About Any Market

by Douglas Dowell January 24, 2014
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“The map is not the territory” Alfred Korzybski What time is it? Market cycle timing has vexed investors of all classes since the dawn of trading. Many fortunes have been won and lost by guessing rightly or wrongly with the question “what time is it?” The two facts of any market can help you “time” […]

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Home Prices: Déjà Vu All Over Again?

by Steve Cook January 24, 2014
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“It’s déjà vu all over again” said Yankee Manager Yogi Berra when sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back-to-back home runs in the early 1960s. Will it be “déjà vu all over again” this year for housing prices,  complete with multiple bids and depleted inventories?  After home prices hit their biggest home run […]

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What Does “Tapering” From the Feds Mean to the Real Estate Market?

by Leon Yang November 26, 2013
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It’s been just a few years since the near collapse of the financial system and the collapse of the housing market, and we now again have a stock bubble forming and housing prices edging their ways back to the old prices. Thanks to the Fed, who is once again pumping an insane amount of dollars […]

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3 Questions to Determine If We Are In a Multifamily Bubble

by Douglas Dowell November 8, 2013
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First, a story torn from the history books: “In 1593 tulips were brought from Turkey and introduced to the Dutch. The novelty of the new flower made it widely sought after and therefore fairly pricey. After a time, the tulips contracted a non-fatal virus known as mosaic, which didn’t kill the tulip population but altered […]

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2014 Resolution: Where are Multifamily Assets Headed?

by Ankit Duggal October 24, 2013
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Investors you are only 68 days away from 1/1/2014. 2014 is upon us! Have you made you investment resolution? As an investor it is important to understand your asset class market and make investment plans before you start buying or selling based on where you market sits.  Markets are in a constant state of flux and […]

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Why We Should Worry About Accidental Investors

by Steve Cook August 30, 2013
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You probably know someone who had to move during the depths of the housing depression but they didn’t want to—or couldn’t—sell their home into the worst housing market in 70 years.  So they rented it out and joined the ranks of residential real estate investors called “accidental investors” or “accidental landlords.” Other homeowners got tired […]

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The Elephant in the Real Estate Room

by Steve Cook June 28, 2013
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Rarely articulated publicly but high on the agenda for many traditional real estate folks is the question:  How soon will it be before those foreclosures they converted into rentals flood back onto the market and reduce home prices? It’s the elephant in the room that won’t go away in light of inventory shortages, double digit […]

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Will the Housing Market Encourage Job Growth?

by Harrison Stowe February 11, 2013
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We were fortunate to see the housing market return to health in step with consumer confidence last year. The nationwide average in real estate values climbed steadily through the close of 2012, and many otherwise unsellable (or underwater) properties became safe to put on the market. However, it seems growing health in the property sector […]

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Home Values Climb at Greatest Rate Since 2006

by Harrison Stowe February 4, 2013
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While it has become clear that the housing market is turning a definite recovery, figures from FY2012 demonstrate that the average price of homes sold nationwide has appreciated at the fastest yearly rate in six years. According to new analysis from Bloomberg, the year-over-year rise in home values from November 2011 marks the most significant […]

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Nationwide ‘Shadow Inventory’ Dwindling. Why?

by Harrison Stowe January 28, 2013
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Statistics compiled at the close of last year demonstrate that the fabled ‘shadow inventory’ of unsold houses had fallen 12.3% year-over-year as of October 2012. This will come as a relief to housing market speculators, as the substantial volume of houses languishing in a pre-sale state had become a persistent bugbear among property investors. According […]

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The Investor Swoon: Real Estate Non-event of 2012

by Steve Cook November 28, 2012
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I suppose it’s not too early for year-end awards, so I would like to kick off the season with a nomination for Real Estate Non-event of 2012. I call it The Great Investor Swoon that Never Happened. About a year ago when foreclosure inventories started shriveling up and prices started rising, first in Florida foreclosure […]

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