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American Malls: Is There Life After Amazon?

Tolling the “death of the American Mall” may be premature. Yes, it may be on life support right now but there are signs of recovery. According to Forbes, some of the biggest and smartest investors on Wall Street are betting against the trend to abandon the mall and they’re backing it up with substantial capital. But why? Isn’t Amazon destroying the brick and mortars? Yes it is, but insiders believe the most valuable malls in America will navigate the rough waters by finding younger, more adaptable online-focused brands. Arthur Coppola, CEO of Macerich, optimistically says digital-first Amazon, Warby Parker, Dyson, and Shinola are embracing models that push them into brick and mortar space. D

GOP Tax Bill: Good for the Single- Family Home Rental Market?

Republicans in Congress are pushing hard for a vote on their tax bill in the next few days. While a tax cut may sound good on paper, a further review indicates that homeowners will be hurt. According to a recent article in Forbes, three parts of the bill are of considerable interest to the middle-class homeowner: a reduction in the amount of mortgage interest that can be deducted, a new cap on property tax deductions and limits to the capital gains exemption used by homeowners when they sell. William Brown, president of the National Association of Realtors, calls the bill “nowhere near as good a deal as the one middle-class homeowners get under current law.” However, lost in this massive bil

Home Ownership May Not Increase Wealth, Study Says

Homeownership has always been synonymous with wealth-building, but a new study from Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and the University of Wyoming indicates otherwise. Owning a home may help you save money, but it won't help you make money. U.S. homeownership is on a decline despite rising demand. New construction, however, has not been rising quickly enough to meet that demand, resulting in fast-rising prices. The sticker shock is palpable as home hopefuls are being priced out. In this environment, renting a single-family home may be a better option. For the full article, click HERE: Consider investing in a professionally managed portfolio of single-family homes

Single-Family Rental Sector on The Upswing

Construction of new single-family homes has slowed. In contrast, new construction starts in the apartment sector are well above the long-term average. In addition, appreciation of homes on the market is strong and still rising, pricing out a lot of prospective homebuyers. In this environment, investing in single-family rental companies may be a smart idea. According to the website Globest.com, single-family REITs (real estate investment trusts) are performing as well as multifamily REITs. This stands in sharp contrast to historical trends. Rental companies operating in this segment have done an impressive job building a business from scratch. For example, American Homes 4 Rent is expected to

Caveat Emptor: 20 Housing Markets with Slowing Job Growth

A plunging job market in certain cities means that fewer people are moving to these places, lessoning the need for houses and apartments. That means real estate and rental prices will stagnate until the job market improves. According to a recent Forbes article, there are twenty cities that are experience slow job growth, led by Newark, Tucson, Anaheim and Knoxville. If you own properties in these and other slow-growth cities, don’t sweat it too much. Slowdowns are often temporary and recoveries will be the horizon. Just sit tight, relax and wait. There’s really no need to take action. However, if slow job growth persists, your income will be affected. Keep an eye on job trends and take a con

Brickvest Promises to Shake Up the Property Investment Market

A British investment company called Brickvest is offering small investors an opportunity to get into the commercial real estate game through its online platform; and we’re not talking about quaint little houses here. According to a recent article in Forbes, Brickvest enables its users to invest in everything from portfolios of student accommodations in the U.K. to collections of properties such as retail brick and mortars. In the past, these kind of investments opportunities have only been available to the well-heeled investor, but with a mere investment of £900, the small, yet savvy, investor can now get involved. Earlier this month, Brickvest completed another fundraising round led by Berl

Goldman to Buy House - Flipping Lender

CNBC reports that venerable Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs will buy Genesis Capital, a lending firm whose clients are typically in the house-flipping biz. Genesis Capital is owned by the private equity firm Oaktree Capital and makes loans of up to $10 million dollars to real estate pros who renovate homes and then sell them as quickly as they can. This is not the first time Goldman has entered this arena. Last year, the company started making small loans of up to $30,000 to regular consumers with good credit through an online business it calls “Marcus.” For the full article, click HERE: Consider investing in a professionally managed portfolio of single-family homes? Please contact Harold Wil

Renters Surprisingly Optimistic About Housing Market

In a year when the housing market has been plagued by a dearth of affordable homes, it came as a surprise to many that, in September, optimism spiked among potential homebuyers; so says an article from CNBC. According to a survey conducted by Fannie Mae, housing confidence rose to unexpectedly high levels. So, what’s driving this optimism? Current renters are saying that now is a good time to buy and that they believe home prices won’t rise as much next year as experts think they will. On the other hand, they say that the main hurdle to entry-level ownership is… high prices! "Perceptions of easing inventory helped boost the net share saying that now is a good time to buy, which is consistent

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