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PwC and Urban Land Institutes’ Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017

In our continued effort to educate and inform, we offer here the seminal report on real estate trends in the United States and Canada for 2017, created by the Urban Land Institute and PwC. The 38th annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2017 report says it is the “most highly regarded and widely read forecast reports in the real estate industry.” We have no reason to disagree. The 121-page report for 2017 covers trends in real estate investment, capital markets, development , finance, metropolitan markets, property sectors, and more. Please download the report here. Consider investing in a professionally managed portfolio of single-family homes? Please contact Harold Willig at harold.willig

The State of Single-Family Investments for 2017: Positive

For investors in single-family homes, now be a good time to start or to enhance your portfolio. That’s the general conclusion, with caveats, of HomeUnion’s recently published 2017 Single-Family Rental Research Report. The 41-page report researched the national economy, interest rates, inflation, and analyzed what it all means for investors in single-family homes. A quick summary: “The outlook remains positive for 2017, although rent growth in some major coastal markets will be subdued relative to last year’s levels. Elsewhere, supply and demand for rental properties nationwide will result in another solid year for investors.” What about demand for single-family rental homes? According to the

Landlords: How Does Your Rent Affordability Compare with the Top 20 US Cities?

Do you charge $1,500 per month for your rental home or apartment? In greater Chicago, that’s about average, and relatively affordable. If you charge $1,500 monthly in Las Vegas, you are either way overpriced or are renting a really big place. AppFolio recently analyzed rents in 20 top US cities by four key factors. Here’s what they found: Rental Affordability. San Francisco is, not surprising, the least affordable city, at an average monthly rent of $3,193, with Detroit being the most affordable at $923 per month, and Las Vegas close in at $930 per month. Chicago, by contrast, had an average monthly rent of $1,572. Household Income. The highest monthly household income was $6,863 for the pe

A Quick Look at Big Cities Big Property Tax Rates

Property taxes can impact an investor’s net profit. But where are property taxes highest and lowest among the big cities? Houston perennially ranks highest, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. The property tax rate as of 2016 for Houston was 2.17% of the assessed value of the home. But Houstonians pay no state income tax. Chicago ranked number two among the big cites with the highest tax rates, at 2.15% in 2016. A dubious distinction, to be sure. But the tax rates differ among ChicagoLand’s many suburbs. And the impact of taxes is often mitigated by other critical factors: in Chicago, for instance, many close-in suburban homes are affordably priced, safe, and in well-located, potentially long

The Top 10 Signs of a Housing Market Bubble

Are we heading into a bubble? Are we currently in a bubble? Is the US housing bubble about to burst? The bubble question comes up all the time, and why not? A bad bubble hurts investors in single-family houses. It hurts renters. It hurts employers, families, and well, it hurts practically everybody except short sellers. John Burns Real Estate Consulting created the infographic (see below) way back in 2013…but the 10 qualitative and quantitative indicators of heading to bubble-dum still apply now. For example, on the qualitative side, you know you are in a bubble if too may realtors are driving expensive cars; if agents and investors are throwing lavish parties; and if somebody important says

Rental Trends in Single-Family Home Investing

American Homes 4 Rent (stock ticker AMH) is one of the largest real estate investment trust companies investing in single-family homes today, with a portfolio of nearly 50,000 homes across the country. So when they talk, investors tend to listen. And they recently spoke at a Citi Global Property Conference. Since we at SpringView take a particular interest in ChicagoLand investing, here’s what A4R had to say about the Chicago forecast: “Low new construction puts upward pressure on housing prices, which have recently seen some of their highest rates of increase in a decade.” For the major characteristics of the top 10 markets in the US – including Chicago – see the graphic below. Click here f

Key Changes to the Housing Markets: 2017 vs. 2013 [Infographic]

John Burns Real Estate Consulting recently compared and contrasted key economic factors – the economy, home prices, and mortgage interest rate – during the last four years. The verdict: things may be looking up for investors in single-family homes. The Economy: On Solid Footing in 2017; on the Mend in 2013 Unemployment: 4.7% in 2017 vs. 4.7% in 2013 Wage growth: 4% in 2017 vs. 2% in 2013 Oil: under $50 in 2017 vs. over $100 in 2013 Homebuyers: Aware in 2017; in Shock in 2013 Home prices up moderately across US in 2017 vs. average of 10% increase in 2013 Home Sales: Up in 2017; Way Down in 2013 A 14% year over year increase during February 2017 vs. down 8% in 2013 Consider investing today in

The 25 Fastest Growing Single Family Home Counties in the US

Should you invest in single-family homes in 2017? Daren Blomquist, Senior VP of ATTOM Data Solutions, says yes. “While good returns on single family rentals are hard to come by in high-priced coastal markets and in some other housing hot spots such as Denver and parts of Dallas, Austin and Nashville, solid returns on single family rentals will continue to be available in many parts of the Southeast, Rust Belt and Midwest for investors purchasing in 2017.” Mr. Blomquist remains confident for sustained growth in the home rental market. “Single family rentals should continue to yield strong returns in many parts of the country going forward given the market undercurrents of low rent-ready housi

The Case for Real Estate: A Video Primer

Harry Hedison, a partner a Mercury Capital Advisors, provides a concise case for private real estate investing in this 3-minute video on Harvest (hvst.com) website. Mr. Hedison defines the various types of private real estate, the benefits and risk of each, and the potential value-add of investing in co-mingled professionally managed real estate portfolio. (Mercury Capital is one of the largest private real estate book-runners in the world; Harvest Exchange Corporation is an online financial marketplace where asset managers share content with targeted investors.) Please click here for the video. Consider investing in a professionally managed portfolio of single-family homes? Please contact H

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