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  • Zillow’s 2019 Predictions: Worsening Affordability, Commutes, Natural Disaster Losses December 12, 2018
    It’s that time of year when real estate prognosticators dust off their crystal balls and make prediction about the coming year.  Zillow is weighing-in with their own list where they say rising mortgage rates will set the scene and will affect everyone, driving up costs for home buyers and creating more demand for rentals.  Indeed… […]
  • The Details Make The Difference in Short Term Rentals December 12, 2018
    In a recent RPOA podcast, Brian Hamrick talks with Frederick Kidd about nuts & bolts techniques involved in successful short-term rental investing – especially when some owners are getting 3 to 4 times what they would be making from a long-term rental. But, as Brian points out, for every investor who’s making a killing with […]
  • Fannie & Freddie Suspend Evictions Over the Holidays December 11, 2018
    Government-back giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have announced they will suspend eviction lockouts over the holiday season.  As reported by Mortgage News Daily, the GSEs (Government-Sponsored Enterprises) will start their eviction moratorium (applying to single-family through 4-unit properties) from December 17 through January 2, 2019. “We believe it is important to extend the timeline […]
  • Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Seattle’s Rental Inspections Law December 11, 2018
    Earlier this month a group of tenants and landlords in Seattle, Washington teamed up with the Institute for Justice to file a class action lawsuit against the city for its use of invasive, warrantless searches to inspect rental units. According to a recent article in the Rental Housing Journal, the lawsuit doesn’t seek to stop […]
  • HUD Gives $23 Million To Fair Housing Organizations December 10, 2018
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded over $23 million to nearly 80 fair housing organizations working to protect consumers from housing discrimination through their Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI).  These grants will be used by fair housing organizations across the country so they can carry out testing and enforcement activities.  Be […]
  • Home Flipping Down 12% to 3.5 Year Low December 10, 2018
    In their most recent U.S. Home Flipping Report, ATTOM Data Solutions is reporting that the number of single-family homes and condos flipped in the third quarter of 2018 was down 12% from one year ago, representing its lowest level since Q1 2015.  There were 45,901 homes flipped in Q3 2018 representing 5% of all single […]
  • History of File Sharing December 7, 2018
    It seems like day doesn’t go by without sending or receiving an important file for business or maybe a photo to a friend from your recent trip.  But how did all this file sharing come about and where is it going? says over 20 million people share files daily on a variety of platforms.  […]
  • Cities Where Homebuyers Are Deepest in Debt December 6, 2018
    Debt is almost one of those facts of life like death and taxes.  Recent data even show that Americans have over $13 trillion in household debt.  With that in mind the folks over at analyzed mortgages taken out in the first 8 months of 2018 and calculated the median debt-to-income ratio for borrowers in […]
  • 30-Year Mortgage Rate Highest in Eight Years December 6, 2018
    In case you haven’t been paying attention (which we highly doubt), interest rates have been creeping over the last several months and, according to recently analyzed data by the NAHB’s Eye on Housing, are now approaching an eight-year high.  They say that the 30-year FRM – Commitment rate, inched up considerably by 20 basis points […]