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Seattle Tops Hottest Single Family Markets

Seattle Again Tops List of “Hottest” U.S. Single-Family Markets

By The Editors Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Palm Beach County and Fort Lauderdale took the top spots on Ten-X’s recently released Top Single-Family Housing Markets Report for Spring 2016. These markets have displayed the most consistent combination of rising home prices, home appreciation, favorable affordability and excellent economic and demographic conditions ...
Think Realty Magazine March/April 2016

Think Realty Magazine March/April 2016

+ WHAT'S INSIDE The Big Picture |  More Choice, More Control • Riches in Niches • A Strategy for All Seasons • Buying By the Numbers • More Foreigners Investing in U.S. • Senior Housing is an Emerging Asset Cover Feature |  Quest to be the Best Up Close & ...
passive investor

Using IRAs to Invest in Real Estate

| Article | IRAs, Products & Services
Your Self-Directed Retirement Account Albert Einstein is quoted as saying “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it ... he who doesn't ... pays it.” At Think Realty, we celebrate real estate investment as an asset class that embodies appreciation or compounding value ...
Street Smart: Why Use Professional Property Managers?

Street Smart: Why Use Professional Property Managers?

| Article | Operations
Thoughts from pros in an age where a disgruntled tenant and a premises liability lawyer could cost you more to prove your case than your property is worth! Kimberly Smith CEO/Founder, AvenueWest Corporate Housing 800-928-1592 Yes, we can all manage our own rentals, but will this make us the most ...
Street Smart: Why is Integrity an Issue in Personal Real Estate Investing?

Street Smart: Why is Integrity an Issue in Personal Real Estate Investing?

| Article, Operations
Nate Armstrong Founder, Calhoun Ventures 651-789-5386 The truth is, there is plenty of room in my business for unscrupulous people to make a quick buck. I must emphasize, though, that a quick buck can only be made once. We live in a world where people know what Kim Kardashian ordered at ...
real estate investment

5 Things To Do To Make 2016 Your Best Investment Year Ever

In the fourth quarter of the year, I always hear investors talking about closing the year’s investments strong and wondering what the next year will have in store for them. This reminds me of a consultant friend of mine who said, “Predict the future by creating it.” Wise words indeed ...
Case Study: How Rehabbing Saved a Great Deal

Case Study: How Rehabbing Saved a Great Deal

| Article | Topics
The following is a case study of one rehabbing deal, courtesy of John Tesh, who with his wife, Corinne, owns Citygate Home, LLC, in Greensboro, N.C. By John Tesh We found this house by a referral from a past customer. She knew we paid cash for houses and closed quickly ...
It Pays to Go Green

It Pays to Go Green

| Article, Topics
Investors are increasingly reaping the rewards of building and rehabbing properties with energy-efficient features in higher cash flow and ROI. By Susan Thomas Springer Do green building practices make economic sense for investors? Two successful real estate developers, one in California and one in Colorado, have proven the answer is ...
Remodeling spending expected to increase in 2016, Harvard study says

Remodeling spending expected to increase in 2016, Harvard study says

Spending on remodeling and home improvement show more optimism going into next year and are projected to more than double in 2016, according to a study from the Joint Center for Housing at Harvard. After several quarters of slackening growth, home improvement spending is projected to pick up its pace ...
Foreclosure starts jump 12% in October, largest month-over-month increase since August 2011

Foreclosure starts jump 12% in October, largest month-over-month increase since August 2011

Foreclosures were started for the first time on 48,605 properties in October and there were 36,582 properties repossessed by lenders in October, according to a new report from RealtyTrac. The report shows: U.S. foreclosure starts increased 12 percent from the previous month – the largest monthly increase since August 2011 ...
Buying a house "subject to the mortgage" could be a home run deal blog by RJ Palano in his series Art of the Deal for Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine

Buying a house “subject to the mortgage” could be a home run deal

How would you like to come up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, with two outs and with the go-ahead run on third? Every young baseball player imagines being in that position, or in a position to win the World Series. It’s like that in the real ...
5 red flags to help you avoid becoming a victim of real estate investment fraud

5 red flags to help you avoid becoming a victim of real estate investment fraud

| Article | Operations
A caution on real estate investment scams, typically spread by word-of-mouth, has been issued in a release by The Florida Office of Financial Regulation. “Real estate investment scams typically spread by word-of-mouth and require consumers to invest large sums of money in investment properties. This type of scam promises a ...
Apartments

Apartment Landlords Raising Rents as Supply of Apartments Tightens Up

| Article | Market & Trends
Apartment landlords raised rents by an average of 0.8% to $1,083 in the quarter according to a newly released report from Reis, Inc. Meanwhile the vacancy rate fell to 4.1% from 4.6% in the same quarter a year ago. "Demand for apartments remains strong," Ryan Severino, a senior economist with ...
What December housing data means to investors

What December housing data means to investors

The snapshot reports from various sources help the media promote the message the economy is improving universally and the window for real estate investors may be closing. Looking at trends by market as Altos Research allows us to do does not support such generalized statements. Primary Markets: Reality is “the ...
Two big takeaways from Taper Week 2013

Two big takeaways from Taper Week 2013

| Article | Market & Trends
Two big takeaways for real estate investors from Taper Week 2013. As with most long-feared events, little happened in the instance. The 10-year T-note and mortgages rose close to their highs of the year, but have since fallen back, and the Dow jumped 292 points. The same Dow which had ...
Tim Herriage

Do-It-Yourself Real Estate Investment Advice

Real Estate Investor Bandits – The Ugly Side of Marketing Guest Blog by Tim Herriage BANDIT SIGNS As a Professional Real Estate Investor this issue has always been in the background for me, and kind of made me mad. A lot of these “gurus” and “teachers” sell you this as ...
wealth-building

How to Reduce Real Estate Investment Risk

| Article | Risk Management
By Andrew Waite In 2011, HomeVestors with Local Market Monitor ranked The Best Markets To Invest in Rental Property. This list began by calculating the cost difference between renting and owning and by gauging overall rental demand. These calculations and the resulting list of “best rental markets to….” bring us back ...