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How To Invest When Home Prices Are Rising.

February 4, 2022

“In the past year the average sales price of a home rose 16 percent; in places like Boise and Austin, more than 30 percent. Prices were up 10 percent even in economically depressed areas….”

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The Best Markets For Real Estate Investment In 2022

December 23, 2021

“In ordinary times real estate investors don’t worry much about where to invest. Every local market has opportunities, every one has rental properties you can buy, every one has homes you can develop to produce income….”

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The Great Real Estate Bubble

December 20, 2021

“The problem with rising home prices comes when they rise too fast, when they reach levels that are out of synch with economic reality, after which they crash back to their original value or even lower….”

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Boise Is Booming. Real Estate Investors Should Take Note.

December 2, 2021

“Boise has been booming, largely because of population inflow from California. Over the last three years the population grew 8 percent, a huge amount….”

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Investing In Chicago Real Estate-Do Your Research

November 29, 2021

“Over the past 10 years, the population of Chicago stagnated. In the last three years it decreased 1.5 percent – 110,000 fewer people; not surprisingly, rents rose only 7 percent and home prices 7 percent….”

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Investing In Austin Real Estate? Find The Best Rent Range

November 8, 2021

“Over the last 10 years, Austin was the fastest-growing big city in the country; the population grew by a third, almost 600 thousand people….”

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Should You Ride The Wave? What’s Going On With Home Prices?

September 23, 2021

“Home price have surged in most markets across the country. What should investors do?….”

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Home Price Surge – Boom Or Blip?

June 16, 2021

“…So, what’s happening? And of more importance, what should we now expect over the next year? Will prices continue to rocket upwards? Must you make an investment right now, before it’s priced out of reach?…”

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Real Estate- The Pandemic Winners and Losers

June 1, 2021

“…it’s a good time to make some comparison – not just about the short-term economic outlook but about structural job changes in local markets that will have lasting effects on the demand for housing. Some markets will have permanent job losses, others will gain….”

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What You Need To Know To Invest In California Real Estate In 2021

January 27, 2021

“For many years, investing in California real estate was a no-brainer. Every year an extra half million people needed housing. And they mainly wanted to live in San Francisco or Los Angeles, places that are already full; rents and home prices surged, investors couldn’t miss…”

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What to Expect From Real Estate In 2021

December 31, 2020

“For real estate, as for many things, 2020 was a strange year. Despite a pandemic, a recession and unemployment that at one time hit 20 million, 6 million homes were sold and the average home price was up 5 percent…”

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COVID Is Creating More Renters- But, Can They Pay The Rent?

November 2, 2020

“Several things are now pretty clear. First, the recession will last well into 2021. Even though retail spending has bounced back from a 20 percent drop, jobs haven’t…”

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Best Bets For Real Estate Investment Midway Through 2020

July 23, 2020

“Which are the best markets for real estate investment? The cute answer is that you can make a good investment in any market; for each of the 200 markets we follow on a regular basis, there’s an investment strategy that best suits the local economic circumstances.”

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The Best Markets For Real Estate Investment During The Coronavirus

June 4, 2020

“The standard equation is that more jobs lead to more demand for housing, but with a massive loss of jobs in all markets this year, that analysis doesn’t work.”

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How To Find The Price Point With The Most Renters

May 11, 2020

“You want to buy a rental or a house that you’ll turn into a rental. How much should you pay? The calculation usually starts with how much rent you can charge, then deduct expenses, divide by the return you want and voila!”

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Real Estate Recession? Not So Fast

April 9, 2020

“Only a couple of weeks ago we were wondering if there will be a recession because of the coronavirus. Didn’t take long to find out…..”

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Coronavirus Recession? What It Would Mean For Real Estate

March 24, 2020

“There might have been some question whether the coronavirus would lead the U.S. into a recession, but the hoarding of toilet paper makes me think it’s certain. Not because we’ll run out of toilet paper—the U.S. and Canada produce volumes of it—but because hoarding means consumers are really worried and are changing their spending behavior. That won’t just flip back in a few months….”

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How Best To Invest In Texas Real Estate In 2020

February 4, 2020

“2020 will be a challenging year for investors, with uncertainty about the economy, the political situation, and international developments. Still, more people than ever are renting, and that means investors mainly need to be cautious about where and how they invest…”

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Four Trends For Real Estate Investors in 2020

December 31, 2019

“When you’re making an investment during uncertain economic conditions, you’d like to be able to separate the short-term zigs from the long-term zags. This is especially true for investors in rental property because it’s so difficult to get into or out of a market; you can’t just call up someone and place an order…”

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The California Real Estate Boom Is Over. What Now?

September 12, 2019

“If you had invested in a property in San Francisco five years ago and cashed out in 2019, you would have made a 50% profit, never mind the rental income. But if you had bought a year ago and sold today you would have made exactly zero…”

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Where To Invest In Housing Halfway Through 2019

July 12, 2019

“Halfway through the year real estate markets across the country hold different potential for investors, and favor different investment strategies.

Some markets are over-priced-are they bubbles waiting to burst? Some boast strong demand, reflected in high home price increases-will they soon become over-priced? Some currently see moderate demand but have good economic growth-how will that growth affect future prices? And some are enduring mediocre growth and modest demand-how do you invest in a stagnant market?”

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Investing In Texas Real Estate? Here Are A Few Things You Should Know

February 8, 2019

“Investing in Texas real estate has pretty much been a no-brainer. Since 2010, the population grew by 3.5 million, a million more than either Florida or California. That translates into one and a half million new homes.

Almost 2 million of those people came from elsewhere, attracted by jobs and by reasonable home prices. Those attractions are still there – look at the rate of job growth in the three big markets this past year, close to 4%. That’s twice the national average..”

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How To Invest In Florida Real Estate

February 5, 2019

“Much like California, Florida has often been the land of investor dreams – and investor heartache.

A potent mix of retirees, snowbirds, job seekers and foreign investors has swung home prices to ridiculous highs and stomach-churning lows more than once in the past. In just a few years before 2008, home prices in some Florida markets more than doubled-but after 2008 they fell 60%.”

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2019 Best Markets For Real Estate Investments

January 7, 2019

“You can never know when a real estate bubble will burst – I happen to think it won’t happen in 2019 – but in places like San Francisco, Seattle, Miami and Denver, caution is now the order of the day. If you own property in these spots and plan to sell, don’t wait until the market has peaked. And if you’re looking for a good place to put your money, you should consider instead the 20 markets we’re listing here.”

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How Best To Invest: Mid-America

September 27, 2018

“In the economic sweepstakes it’s usually California or Texas or Florida that get all the attention. That’s where people have been moving for decades now, where the sun shines and winters are mild, and where hot industries – hi-tech, energy, tourism – have created millions of new jobs. And in Texas and Florida the housing has always been cheap. It’s no wonder that these places have drained generations of young adults from other parts of the US.”

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These Real Estate Markets Are Currently Experiencing A Home Price Boom- How Long Will It Last?

September 24, 2018

“Ten years ago the Great Recession of 2008 kicked in, and home prices began to slide in almost every city in America.

There were good reasons for the slide, most prominently that prices had previously been boosted by five million home buyers entering the real estate market for the first time, armed with sub-prime mortgages. When those loans soured, foreclosures mushroomed, plenty of homes were for sale, and real estate prices took a dive through the floor.”

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25 Best Markets For Rental Property Investment

September 15, 2018

“Rental properties have been a favorite of investors the last few years, and rightly so. At a time of low interest rates, rentals provide better returns than many other investments: You don’t need exotic expertise; you can leverage your return with low-cost financing; and there’s a ready market if you decide to sell.

But rentals aren’t a slam dunk either. You could find yourself in a local market where the demand for rentals is low and will stay low. You could find that there just aren’t enough renters at the rates you need. Or you could find yourself over-paying in a boom market…”

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As Appreciation Stalls, Differences In Florida Markets Matter More Than Ever

March 13, 2018

“Florida is the crossroads of every real estate pressure point. Jobs, retirees, immigrants, foreign money, second homes, rentals, investors, speculators, it’s tough to make sense out of this brew. The boom and bust of the mid-2000s made every Florida market look the same but the differences are what will matter most in 2018…”

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Too Hot To Handle: Where To Sell Housing In 2018

February 1, 2018

“After 24 consecutive months of home price growth, many markets across the country are teetering on the edge of affordability. High demand and low supply have pushed valuations in many of the most desirable cities to levels experts say are unsustainable…”

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Best Buy Cities: Where To Invest In Housing in 2018

February 1, 2018

“To find out where you should be house hunting this year, Forbes tapped Local Market Monitor, which tracks more than 300 housing markets. For each market CEO Ingo Winzer (a Forbes contributor) analyzed housing indicators as well as broader growth trends to come up with 20 markets where you can park your money in 2018 and still sleep easy…”

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