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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 ...
 
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In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending June 12th, 2021… inflation hits a new 13-year high, homeowners make big gains in equity, and “The House that SHE Built” in Utah. Economic News We begin with economic news from this past week. The latest inflation report shows another surge in consumer prices. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rep…
 
A London-based company is betting on the need for climate risk management for governments, companies, and investors around the world. Cervest just announced $30 million dollars in new venture capital funding to grow its climate intelligence platform called Earthscan. According to media website Axios, the money will be used to expand the company’s p…
 
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending June 5th, 2021… a lawsuit over the CDC eviction moratorium is heating up, what remote workers are saying about going back to the office, and the important role that pets are playing in the homebuying process. Economic News We begin with economic news from this past week, and a job market that conti…
 
Airbnb just unveiled a big upgrade to its platform as the company gears up for a post-pandemic travel surge. (1) The upgrade includes more than a hundred changes with a focus on flexibility. Airbnb says that people need more flexible options because they are traveling more often, searching for new destinations, and are staying for longer periods of…
 
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending May 29th, 2021... what the GDP is expected to do in the second quarter, how much single-family rents have shot up, and what developers are saying about off-the-grid homes. Economic News We begin with economic news from this past week. The latest update on the GDP shows the first quarter holding at …
 
The U.S. Senate is taking a close look at the YIMBY Act. The Yes in My Backyard legislation was first introduced in 2019, but was put on hold because of the pandemic. It addresses the national housing shortage by encouraging local policies that will increase affordable housing, including changes to zoning restrictions in single-family neighborhoods…
 
Warren Buffett is launching a new business venture that could shake things up in the building industry. A Berkshire Hathaway-owned construction company has teamed up with a New York City architect on a new way to make modular mainstream. The plan is based on a way to make the modules more transportable and keep local contractors and workers involve…
 
Investor interest in single-family rentals is making a post-COVID comeback. A new report by Redfin shows an increase in the purchase of single-family homes by investors after three straight quarters of declines during the pandemic. Redfin says there was a 2.7% increase in the number of homes bought by investors during the first quarter of this year…
 
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending May 22nd, 2021... the government’s rental assistance program is helping landlords, rent growth speeds up, and the housing boom is adding value to opportunity zones. Economic News We begin with economic news from this past week, and a Treasury Department announcement that it has distributed $6 billi…
 
We’ve been hearing a lot about the risk of inflation lately. With government money flooding into the market and the economic recovery in high gear, we’ve already seen some price jumps. The Federal Reserve has tried to calm fears by telling us that prices will settle back down, but rent prices are probably not among them, and higher rents, or what’s…
 
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending May 15th, 2021... a surprise jump in consumer prices, a looser lending environment, and how government regulations impact home prices. Economic News We begin with economic news from this past week that includes a few good reports on the job market. Unemployment claims fell again, to a new pandemic …
 
The housing market is firing on all cylinders, and it’s revving up for a home sale record. Redfin is forecasting $2.5 trillion in U.S. home sales this year. That’s more than the GDP of France, and about equal to the combined value for Amazon.com and Facebook. Redfin says home sales will probably rise about 17% year-over-year in 2021. That would be …
 
Call it a perfect storm of conditions to keep home prices on a steady upswing as buyers clamor after too few homes. I had the opportunity to talk to HousingWire’s lead analyst Logan Mohtashami about the unusual situation we’re seeing, and whether all those scary headlines about a housing bubble are true. The housing market has been breaking all sor…
 
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending May 8th, 2021… what’s happening with the CDC eviction moratorium, why you should sell your home in May, and which rental markets are the most competitive. Economic News We begin with economic news from this past week, and a new court ruling “against” the CDC’s eviction moratorium. A U.S. District C…
 
It’s easy to see that the housing market has remained strong throughout the pandemic, but quantifying that impact is no easy task. That kind of data crunching can help explain what happened, and what’s likely to happen in the near future. It’s also the kind of analysis that HouseCanary has done, with results that show the full-impact of the pandemi…
 
An appeals court decision has ruled in favor of a development project in Berkeley that will give the state more control over local housing decisions. Some people are calling it a win for developers and the state’s effort to create more housing in California, but not everyone is celebrating. The decision was based on Senate Bill 35, which addresses …
 
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending May 1st, 2021… the economic recovery boom, home price growth, and what builders are doing about lumber prices. Economic News We begin with economic news from this past week, and the results of a two-day policy meeting by the Federal Reserve. Fed Chief Jerome Powell acknowledged a big improvement to…
 
The marketing of co-owned vacation homes in a scenic part of Northern California is causing an uproar among full-time residents. Real estate company Pacaso is buying single-family homes within driving distance of busy metro areas, and reselling them to as many as eight buyers. It’s an idea that has evolved during the pandemic. But it’s also creatin…
 
Home prices have been rising so fast that comps have become wildly unreliable. That’s making it difficult for sellers to set accurate listing prices, and for buyers to get homes appraised for what lenders are willing to loan. Home valuation tools like Zillow’s Zestimate and others are also struggling with a volatile pricing environment, and are oft…
 
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending April 24th, 2021... new home sales blast off, existing home sales stall, and mortgage rates are doing what we like them to do! Economic News We begin with a slow week for economic news. There were no reports on the MarketWatch calendar from Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday, the weekly unemploy…
 
The prediction that millions of homeowners would face foreclosure due to job losses from COVID 19 shutdowns does not seem to be materializing. There are some who say that delinquent borrowers have a way to avoid that fate this time around. Unlike the Great Recession, they have a lot more equity in their homes which they won’t want to lose. When the…
 
It may seem like the housing market is as hot as it can ever be, but a new survey shows that millions of Americans could be on the verge of relocating, sparking even more buyer activity. The survey is part of Zillow’s first-ever “Mover Report.” It shows that people are waiting for pandemic worries to go away as they ponder new homes and new locatio…
 
In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending April 17th, 2021... home builders are stepping on the gas, rents are headed “up” once again, and the best days to list your home. Economic News We begin with economic news from this past week. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell offered more clarity on when the central bank plans to start the ta…
 
Airbnb is taking another proactive step to prevent house parties over the Fourth of July weekend. It launched a new campaign called “Summer of Responsible Travel” which bans one-night rentals and last-minute bookings for guests who don’t have a history of good reviews. The July 4th holiday is turning into what many feel is the BIG REOPENING after m…
 
There’s a new plan brewing to help delinquent borrowers and prevent another wave of foreclosures. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to extend the foreclosure moratorium through the end of this year and is currently asking for comments on the plan. But does the CFPB have the authority to do this? According to the Mortgage Bankers Associ…
 
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