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  • Car Ownership is on the Rise in America’s Biggest Most Transit-Oriented Cities January 17, 2019
    There are a whole cadre of city planners out there trying their hardest to force Americans to live in high-density neighborhoods where they can unshackle themselves from the automobile and its dreaded internal-combustion engine.  Wishful thinking on many accounts, but, interestingly, when the data doesn’t quite line up like they’d like (or expect), they still […]
  • Best Metros for Working Remotely January 16, 2019
    In today’s business world is not uncommon to find people working from Starbucks or even the confines of their own home.  In fact, with ever-increasing internet speeds, it is not unheard of to have a connection as fast or even faster away from the traditional office.  We even had a post recently about cities with […]
  • Cities with the Most Non-Mortgage Indebted Seniors January 16, 2019
    As a recent post on LendingTree points out, while the retirement stage of life is something most Americans plan for, many just aren’t financially prepared. In fact, one common obstacle to a sound retirement is simply debt. To that end, LendingTree calculated the median non-mortgage debt balances for retirement-aged people in the 50 largest U.S. […]
  • IRS Reopens Key Program for Mortgage Loans During Partial Shutdown January 15, 2019
    The IRS recently announced that it was reopening a program that is key to home lending after the mortgage industry said its closure during the partial government shutdown might force lenders to delay or even scrap loan closings.  According to the Wall Street Journal (as posted on The Mortgage Bankers Association and other industry trade […]
  • ABA’s 10 Real Estate Finance Policy Issues to Watch in ’19 January 15, 2019
    The American Bankers Association recently released their top 10 real estate finance policy issues to watch in 2019.  Briefly, they are: Ability to repay HMDA (Home Mortgage Disclosure Act ) reforms Fair lending Appraisal thresholds ADC construction opportunities Mortgage servicing regulations Accounting standards and mortgage lending Reforming the GSEs Flood insurance Digital developments and fintech […]
  • Yardi Says Fundamentals Held Steady in 2018 January 15, 2019
    According to the latest Yardi Matrix, U.S. multifamily rents held flat in December, coming in again at $1,419, while year-over-year growth was 3.2%.  In addition they point out that while rent growth has been flat since the summer they also believe the fundamentals will remain vigorous in 2019. “The multifamily sector just wrapped up its […]
  • Chinese Buyers Expand their Reach in American Housing Market January 14, 2019
    Chinese buyers are expanding their reach in the US housing market as its middle class gets in on the act, this according to a recent report on CNBC’s Realty Check.  According to the report, Diana O’lick says Chinese buyers have been the top foreign buyers in both units and dollar volume of residential housing for […]
  • Best Bets For Real Estate Investors in ’19 January 14, 2019
    In 2019, most real estate investors will want to stay away from the cities with soaring prices, where they’re more likely to end up holding the bag than to strike it rich, this is according to Local Market Monitor’s Ingo Winzer in a recent essay on  If the name sounds familiar, each month we […]
  • What is an Opportunity Zone? January 11, 2019
    We have had several interesting posts about Opportunity Zones and their game-changing potential for areas all across the country.  Put simply an Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, are eligible for preferential tax treatment.  They were created by Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December, 2017.   Today’s infographic […]