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  • An Aging Nation March 23, 2018
    We are indeed an aging nation…..just look around and maybe even look in the mirror.  Last month we saw that America’s population was growing and now the U.S. Census bureau recently released data showing that, for the first time in U.S. history, older people are projected to outnumber children.  But, keep in mind, that no […]
  • Kidde Recalls 500k Smoke Detectors March 22, 2018
    Major smoke alarm maker Kidde has issued a recall for nearly 500k dual-sensor smoke detectors in the U.S. and Canada because a manufacturing malfunction can compromise the devices’ ability to detect smoke.  According to Consumer Reports, a yellow cap that was left on during manufacturing that can cover one of the two smoke sensors, posing […]
  • Home Flipping Sees Surge in Short-Term Lending March 22, 2018
    A recent article in the Scotsman Guide discussed how competition for financing has become the latest challenge for home flippers across the nation.  According to the article, the percentage share of financed flips has increased to a 9-year high and along with that, lenders have been fiercely competing to fund their deals.  In addition, they […]
  • Tips to Tidy-Up for Tenants March 21, 2018
    Spring fever: Tips to tidy up for tenants By Lance Allen, Merchant-Cleaning, The Home Depot Spring is a popular time for tenants to move out of rental homes and the perfect time for owners to upgrade and refresh investment properties. Here are tips and techniques that will help you get your properties ready for the […]
  • Californians Fleeing State in Big Numbers March 21, 2018
    We had several posts about the intestate moving habits of Americans – where they’re moving to/from, why, etc.  However, now we’re hearing more and more that people are fleeing California in droves and heading to lower-cost places like Arizona, Texas and Nevada.  According to a recent report on CNBC, some of the primary reasons include […]
  • Top 10 Affordable Small Towns March 20, 2018
    Everybody loves a “small town,” right?  The charm, the people, you name it.  A lot of those notions are pure romanticized imagination but there are some aspects of small towns that make them attractive and therefore a great place to live and invest.  The folks over at put pen to paper and sent their […]
  • Nearly 60k Tear-Down Housing Starts in 2017 March 20, 2018
    According to the NAHB’s Eye on Housing Blog, nearly 6.8% of single-family homes started (close to 60k) in 2017 qualified as “tear-down starts.”  While this estimated number is down 10.2% from 2016, it is significant because of an ongoing shortage of new entry-level housing, more and more homes that might be considered starter are being […]
  • CoreLogic: Homeowner Equity Up 12.2% Year-Over-Year March 19, 2018
    According to the latest CoreLogic Homeowner Equity Report, U.S. homeowners with mortgages (approximately 63% of all properties) have seen their equity increase by a total of $908.4 billion since the fourth quarter 2016, representing an increase of 12.2%, year over year.  As for Q4 2017, the total number of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity […]
  • Housing Starts & Permits Down in February March 19, 2018
    The U.S. Government is reporting that privately owned housing starts in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of  1,236,000. This is number 7.0%  below the January’s revised estimate and is 4% lower than February 2017.  Interestingly, single-family housing starts in February were at a rate of 902k, which is 2.9% above January’s revised […]