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Many former home owners displaced by foreclosure are being left with no other option but to rent. They’re increasingly turning to renting single-family homes, which is the fastest growing segment of the rental market, according to Fannie Mae research.Three million former home owners from the foreclosure crisis will likely rent single-family homes by 2015, according to estimates by John Burns Real ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/30/2014 By John Askins]
As the number of foreclosed homes dries up in some markets, some investors are looking elsewhere for properties to turn into rentals. With the rental market still strong, some investors are either buying finished single-family homes that they can use as rentals or even developing vacant lots to turn into rentals from the ground up, The Wall Street Journal reports.  Last year, 5.8 percent of ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/29/2014 By John Askins]
Ten percent of U.S. renters say they want to buy a home in the next year, according to a survey of renters in the 20 largest housing markets by Zillow. That means if all the renters buy a home in the next year that would amount to about 4.2 million first-time home buyer sales, CNBC reports. The National Association of REALTORS® has reported that the share of first-time home buyers has fal...
Read Post [Posted on 07/29/2014 By John Askins]
Many parents planning to gift real estate to their children are passing properties to their children through limited liability companies, which offer a 15 to 20 percent discount on valuations due to a "lack of marketability."  But this also means future outside buyers will balk at buying shares in a family-owned LLC because they would have to negotiate with a group of related members.Ano...
Read Post [Posted on 07/27/2014 By John Askins]
Many Americans have embraced the investor role in real estate, hoping it will fund their future retirement. First-time investors are taking the strategy of buying foreclosed homes at super low rates and turning them into rental properties to increase cash-flow now and hopefully later too. “The typical small-size mom-and-pop investor has two or three properties, looking at it as an income suppleme...
Read Post [Posted on 07/27/2014 By John Askins]
A released study lends more support to the idea that where you live can affect your health. In an experiment that started in the 1990s, the federal government offered thousands of low-income women living in public housing in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, New York, and Boston an opportunity to move to a more affluent neighborhood and see if it improved their health.   Now more than a decad...
Read Post [Posted on 07/26/2014 By John Askins]
You’ve decided that your first home should have three bedrooms and a big yard, but what else have you thought about? You may want to check out Fox Business' list of 10 things that most first-time homebuyers don’t consider during their house hunt. Here are the first five: Make a checklist and use it. Determine what features are essential to you and refer to your list when viewing properties. Y...
Read Post [Posted on 07/24/2014 By Susan Arnoldy]
The wife of a Military Veteran, I LOVE Working with Military Veterans to show them my appreciation and also give them sound and honest advice. I have 12 years solid experience! I am ready for you! Free buyer consultation!832-545-7005 ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/24/2014 By LaWanda Lendsey]
Immigrants are expected to make up a large number of the future home buyers of America in the coming decades, according to a new report, “Assimilation Tomorrow: How America’s Immigrants Will Integrate by 2030” by the Center for American Progress.   Researchers found that while 25.5 percent of immigrants owned homes in 2000, that percentage is expected to jump to 70.3 percent by 2030. If that...
Read Post [Posted on 07/24/2014 By John Askins]
It's a New Day In Real Estate Everyday! Homeownership is one of the best ways to grow your wealth in the United States. An average American family has a net worth of $77,300, of that net worth $47,500 is in home equity!!Nowadays consumers have more knowledge about home buying then ever before; from being able to obtain FREE CREDIT REPORTS and your scores, which some credit card companies are ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/23/2014 By LaWanda Lendsey]
Clients and their real estate professionals often must evaluate environmental risks associated with property deals. Identifying, assessing, and minimizing such risks has become more complicated in light of several recent developments: most notably, changes to risk evaluation standards; a renewed regulatory emphasis on environmental compliance and enforcement; and a spate of transactions ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/18/2014 By John Askins]
Household sizes are growing: More home owners are renovating homes to add second units so they can take in roommates to bring in extra cash or have a space for aging parents or adult children who want to move back home.  Michael Litchfield, author of In-Laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats, says many of these second units are either converted garages, attics, unused rooms or basements, or a...
Read Post [Posted on 07/18/2014 By John Askins]
Are you in a happy place? Healthways and Gallup wanted to find out the well-being of cities across the country. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measures Americans’ perceptions of physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter, and healthcare. Gallup conducted ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/17/2014 By John Askins]
You may have batted around ideas for a kitchen remodel, but Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross isn't going to listen to your advice: The kitchen she's working with is 300,000 years old. Shahack-Gross discovered the site during an archaeological dig that began in 2000 outside Tel Aviv, Israel, and has found artifacts such as teeth, animal bones, and flint tools whose design suggests they were u...
Read Post [Posted on 07/12/2014 By John Askins]
Fifty percent of Americans recently surveyed say they expect home rental prices to continue to rise, and it’s making them lean more toward home ownership, according to a Fannie Mae National Housing Survey, which surveyed 1,000 Americans. "This has been a year of steady growth in the percentage of consumers with positive home price expectations," says Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s senior vice pr...
Read Post [Posted on 07/09/2014 By John Askins]
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