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As Investors, Understanding Wealth and Income Distribtuion is Important

As Investors, Understanding Wealth and Income Distribtuion is Important

The following article provides an effective view of the distribution of income and wealth in the United States currently.  A frequently cited key contributing factor to the Great Depression was the disparity in income and wealth in the United States.  At the time, rapid gains in productivity succeeded in creating a bubble of supply that those with money did not have the appetite even though [Read more...]

Where is the 2011 multifamily market and residential rental market going in 2010

Where is the 2011 multifamily market and residential rental market going in 2010

Its the time of year to take a swing at trends.  Perhaps this attempted look in the crystal ball will be useful to you. Rental ownership cements its market position as the place to be for investors.  This is especially true for existing stock.  The pressure on commodities will create a value enhancing rental spiral that will not be offset by the glut of foreclosures. Rates begin moving [Read more...]

Some Consumer Credit Info You May Find Useful

Some Consumer Credit Info You May Find Useful

November 19th, 2010 3 Big Trends In Consumer Credit Right Now Every month, Credit Karma releases a Credit Climate report that is a snapshot of how healthy Americans are with their credit and debt. It’s an interesting look at what is really in consumers’ credit reports. Are we drowning in debt, are consumers still credit-crunching, and is your credit score on par with the national [Read more...]

Renting Units Can Be Challenging… Here’s a Good Way to Think About It.

Renting Units Can Be Challenging… Here’s a Good Way to Think About It.

I've experienced challenges in this area as many of our readers probably have at one time or another.  This piece is a good reminder of the right way to fill up units. Jan 04 2011 GONE FISHING: using the right bait for your apartment prospect Posted by: Jim Baumgartner on Jan 4, 2011 21:36 Tagged in: Apartment Marketing , Apartment Leasing 6Share I recently had lunch [Read more...]

CNBC Post on Foreclosure Dump – Prelude to a Bargain Opportunity?

CNBC Post on Foreclosure Dump – Prelude to a Bargain Opportunity?

The Foreclosure Dump Published: Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 1:24 PM ET Text Size By: Diana Olick CNBC Real Estate Reporter Fuse | Getty Images It's coming, no question. Today's report from RealtyTrac serves as a warning to big banks, Fannie, Freddie and local communities; The foreclosure glut is coming, and they'd better be ready to get rid [Read more...]

Housing Slow Recovery In the News – Bloomberg

Housing Slow Recovery In the News – Bloomberg

Housing slow progress is old news.  Here is an update from Bloomberg. Housing's Anemic Rebound Gives Little Boost to U.S. Economy By Kathleen M. Howley - // Jan 12, 2011 12:01 AM ET  A worker runs an electrical cord through a new home under construction in Cary, North Carolina. Photographer: Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg   Play Video Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Martin Connor, [Read more...]

Mortgage Trends to Consider this Year

This report from MSNBC is interesting: 1. Mortgage rates will slowly rise throughout the year The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) anticipates that rates will rise slightly in 2011, hovering around 5 percent and increasing to about 6 percent in 2012. Holden Lewis of Bankrate wrote this past fall that economists had predicted a rise in mortgage rates by the third quarter of 2010. At the end [Read more...]

Apartments Shine as We Expected

Apartments Shine as We Expected

CNBC offers a good synapsis on how the apartment market has unfolded.  Investors can make hay in this area. One Bright Spark in US Housing — Apartments Published: Thursday, 6 Jan 2011 | 12:01 AM ET Text Size By: Diana Olick CNBC Real Estate Reporter Twitter LinkedIn More Share If there is an upside to the downturn in [Read more...]

2011 – What We Can Expect for the Housing Market

2011 – What We Can Expect for the Housing Market

Rates are headed up even as QE2 roles out from the fed.  The hiccups in the foreclosure process combined with the excess demand absorbed by the first time homebuyers tax credit have set the stage for another down leg on the housing market.  In the long run, this must depress rents somewhat in general, but not in all cases. One exception is inner city multihousing.  Rising fuel prices and [Read more...]

Existing Home Sales Are in The Tank for the Long Term

Existing Home Sales Are in The Tank for the Long Term

This CNBC Article from December 16 demonstrates the size of the issue and hints at the tenancity the problem exhibits. Negative Home Equity Is Worse Than You Think Published: Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 1:12 PM ET Text Size By: Diana Olick CNBC Real Estate Reporter Digg // Buzz // // Facebook Twitter // // More Share There was a lot [Read more...]

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