Legislation & Advocacy

Local real estate investors are uniquely equipped to bring affordable housing back to communities. Our grassroots advocacy helps these mom-and-pop housing providers have a voice in legislation impacting their small businesses.

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Legislation & Advocacy

Local real estate investors are uniquely equipped to bring affordable housing back to communities. Our grassroots advocacy helps these mom-and-pop housing providers have a voice in legislation impacting their small businesses.

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Lawsuit Outcome Portends Massive Changes for Realtors

Lawsuit Outcome Portends Massive Changes for Realtors

To prepare, consider options like syndications. Realtors, change is coming for our industry. The jury in the Sitzer/Burnett versus NAR lawsuit ruled in favor of the home sellers to the tune of $1.8 billion and accused NAR (among others) of inflating commissions, hampering negotiations, steering listings, and inhibiting competition. The ...
Sometimes Legislation Is “Signaling”

Sometimes Legislation Is “Signaling”

| Chris Ragland | Article | Legislation
Legislation is sometimes used to send a message. Earlier this year it was brought to the attention of Think Realty’s Government Relations Committee (GRC) that a bill—Stop Predatory Investing Act—was making its way through the Senate. Members of our committee found it odd there was no bill summary, and we ...
Think Realty Magazine November/December 2023

Think Realty Magazine November/December 2023

+WHAT'S INSIDE Legislation | Sometimes Legislation Is “Signaling” Cover Story | A Restart, Not a Startup - Featuring Bill Tessar of CV3 Financial Services Design | Top It Off! Market & Trends | Investing Opportunities in Overlooked Markets • East Meets West • Top 5 Recession-Proof Markets in 2023 Funding | Real Estate Investment for ...
What’s Really in the Stop Predatory Investment Bill?

What’s Really in the Stop Predatory Investment Bill?

We must ensure the bill does not contain unintended consequences for small real estate investors. Senate Democrats have proposed new legislation referred to as the Stop Predatory Investment Act. On the surface, it does look like something that could be beneficial to the real estate investor as well as the ...
Think Realty Magazine September/October 2023

Think Realty Magazine September/October 2023

+WHAT'S INSIDE Investment Strategy | Understanding Shared-Appreciation Mortgages •12 Ways to Adapt Your Rental Property During a Recession •Rethinking Your Cannabis Real Estate Strategies • Toilet Paper and Real Property • Navigating Rigid Borrowing Conditions and Rising Construction Costs Cover Story | Titan of Multifamily: Madina Shaik, CEO of Makaan Investment Group ...
How Legislation Impacts the Real Estate Investment Industry

How Legislation Impacts the Real Estate Investment Industry

| Carmen Fields | Article | Legislation
Staying informed about relevant legislation helps investors make decisions about investment strategies, risk, and profitability. Legislation plays a significant role in influencing real estate investing. Laws and regulations can impact property acquisition, ownership, development, financing, leasing, and sales. Let’s take a closer look at each one. 1. Zoning and land-use ...
Think Realty Magazine July/August 2023

Think Realty Magazine July/August 2023

+WHAT'S INSIDE Legislation | How Legislation Impacts the Real Estate Investment Industry Market and Trends | Where to Expect Increasing Foreclosure Volume for the Rest of 2023 • Deceiving Appearances Operations | Navigating New Norms • Creating Your Business Flywheel •Six Strategies for Leveraging Your Industry Influence • How Social Media Thought Leadership ...
Layers of the Florida Condo Legislation

Layers of the Florida Condo Legislation

| Susan Reilly | Article | Legislation
The Champlain Towers South disaster in Surfside, Florida, in June 2021, was just that. A disaster. In one of the worst building collapses in U.S. history, 98 residents lost their lives in the middle of the night in a building they thought of as their secure home. The facets of ...
Tenants Are Not the Enemy of Housing Providers

Tenants Are Not the Enemy of Housing Providers

| Tim Hawkins | Article | Legislation
Did you know the vast majority of single-family home housing providers own fewer than five properties? And, in Indiana, that majority, is over 90%? Unfortunately, there are frighteningly few housing providers actively involved in fighting to protect their investments. These “mom-and-pop” housing providers may not have a plethora of resources ...
Think Realty Magazine May/June 2023

Think Realty Magazine May/June 2023

+WHAT'S INSIDE Design | Small Space, Big Impact •Kitchen Cabinet Design Tips & Tricks for 2023 • The Balance Between Successful Design and Budget • How to Design a Home from the Ground Up • Why Design Matters for IndustrialProperties •5 Renovations That Add Value to Your House Flip • The ...
Are You Up-to-Date About Legislation That Could Impact Your Portfolio?

Are You Up-to-Date About Legislation That Could Impact Your Portfolio?

| Abhi Golhar | Article | Legislation
As a real estate investor, it’s important to stay informed about the legislative impact of the real estate industry. This helps you to make informed investment decisions, to stay ahead of the curve, and to proactively protect your investments. Issues That Impact The following are some current issues you should ...
Think Realty Magazine March/April 2023

Think Realty Magazine March/April 2023

+ WHAT'S INSIDE Investment Strategy |  How to Be a Smart Real Estate Investor in a Tight Market •Is Affordable Housing a Wise Investment? • 17 Ways You Can Make Money Investing in Real Estate Special Focus: Education in Real Estate Investing |  Why Experience Is the Best Education • ...
Government Relations Committee News

Government Relations Committee News

| Chris Ragland | Article | Legislation
Day on the Hill Follow-up Earlier this year, members of the Government Relations Committee and other volunteers from Think Realty met with members of Congress as well as staff from the offices of representatives Maxine Waters and Sherrod Brown. Think Realty Committee members are currently following up with staff from ...
A Collaboration Making an Impact on the Private Lending Industry

A Collaboration Making an Impact on the Private Lending Industry

As founder of both AAPL and Geraci Law, I may be a bit biased when I talk about how both companies together make an impact on the private lending space. Both companies share a common mission: to serve the private lending industry to the best of our abilities. Besides being ...
Think Realty Magazine January/February 2023

Think Realty Magazine January/February 2023

+ WHAT'S INSIDE Woman to Watch |  Revolutionizing the Assisted Living Industry Industry Awards |  2022 Think Realty Honors Winners Operations |  3 Ways to Reduce Capital Gains Tax on Rental Properties • Metrics Matter! • Faster Alone, Further Together • 6 Tips for Finding the Perfect Marketing Partner • ...
The Effects of the Inflation Reduction Act on Real Estate Investment Strategy

The Effects of the Inflation Reduction Act on Real Estate Investment Strategy

Wall Street and lenders should be on high alert since the passage of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), with an earmark of $46.5 billion for enforcement activity. The question on everyone’s mind given the allocation of funds to the Internal Revenue Service is: “Will IRS audit rates increase?” The ...
Short-Term Rentals on the Ballot:   The Long-Term Considerations of Short-Term Rental Regulations

Short-Term Rentals on the Ballot: The Long-Term Considerations of Short-Term Rental Regulations

Across the country, cities large and small will be deciding the future of local short-term rental operations and compliance via ballot measures on Tuesday, November 8. The topic of short-term rental regulations has been moving to front-and-center over the years and has proven to be incredibly nuanced with pros and ...
September Update from Government Relations Committee

September Update from Government Relations Committee

California Legislation Update During the past couple of years, we have accomplished many important things that have protected real estate investors throughout the country. Most recently, a flip tax proposed in California would have been absolutely devastating for real estate investors in the state. The proposed tax essentially would have ...
Think Realty Magazine September/October 2022

Think Realty Magazine September/October 2022

+ WHAT'S INSIDE Investment Strategy |  Change Brings Opportunity • 4 Ways to Protect Your Investment in Recessionary Times • Become a Strategy Savvy Investor • Fix and Flip: A Practical Guide for Investors in 2022 • Are Series LLCs a Good Choice? • What is Legacy Investing? • Should Investors ...
Update from Think Realty Government Relations Committee

Update from Think Realty Government Relations Committee

| Abhi Golhar | Article | Legislation
Real estate investors and housing providers must pay attention to any legislation that may affect their world. The mission of the Think Realty Government Relations Committee (GRC) is to champion your ideas and feedback on important legislation and make them heard. During the last few months, we unpacked and discussed ...
Think Realty Magazine July/August 2022

Think Realty Magazine July/August 2022

+ WHAT'S INSIDE Investment Strategy |  Tips For Lending During a (Possible) Downturn • 7 Tips to Guide a New Entrepreneur’s Path • Corporate Opportunities •  You Cannot Profit from Yesterday’s Growth • Retirement Accounts Vs. Real Estate Investing • Tangible Assets in a Shrinking Economy •  Transforming Communities Via ...
Update from Think Realty Government Relations Committee

Update from Think Realty Government Relations Committee

Think Realty believes real estate investors, as housing providers, play a vital role in improving and maintaining homes and communities nationwide. The goal of the Think Realty Government Relations Committee is to stay on top of key issues that have an impact on real estate investors such as yourself and ...
Think Realty Magazine May/June 2022

Think Realty Magazine May/June 2022

+ WHAT'S INSIDE Design |  Inflation-proofing Your Renovation Budget • Investing in Mobile/Manufactured Homes • 13 Design Trends for 2022 • The 4 Essential Elements of a Successful Real Estate Project • Good Design Can Make or Break Your Business • Redesigning Distressed Properties to Appeal to Modern Buyers • ...
Think Realty’s New Government Relations Committee Identifies First Key Issue

Think Realty’s New Government Relations Committee Identifies First Key Issue

| Chris Ragland | Article | Legislation
Welcome to the first Legislative Lookout brought to you by the Government Relations Committee at Think Realty. Our aim is to provide you with a quick update on what we have been working on, specifically as it relates to issues that impact real estate investors and stakeholders such as yourself ...
Proposed California bill would tax nearly all residences sold within 7 years of purchase

Proposed California bill would tax nearly all residences sold within 7 years of purchase

| Think Realty | Article | Legislation
The additional tax would decline in annual increments until the property has been owned for more than seven years. Legislators proposed AB 1771, also known as the California Housing Speculation Act, on the misguided notion that soaring prices of California homes are driven by investor-purchasers of residential properties in California. The ...