Lower mortgage rates are holding up the housing market, especially in the West. And the summer has shown a slight uptick in home sales throughout the country. We also explore the Buy-And-Hold strategy in Real Estate, and how effective it can be as an investment vehicle. All this and more below the fold!
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From Realtor.com’s Latest News
Pending Home Sales Rise 1.6% in August, Led by Gains in the West
- The increase in signed contracts is yet another sign that low mortgage rates have buoyed the housing market, especially in the West.
Mortgage Rates Fall Slightly, Giving the Housing Market More Room to Grow
- An uptick in home sales activity has been attributed to this summer’s downturn in mortgage rates.
New-Home Sales Rebounded 7.1% in August, Flirting Again With a 12-Year High
- Sales of newly-constructed homes in the U.S. increased 7.1% on a monthly basis in August to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 713,000, the government reported.
Home Price Growth Slowed to a Crawl in July, Case-Shiller’s 20-City Index Shows
- The Case-Shiller index showed the slowest rate of home price appreciation since 2012, but the reprieve from breakneck home price appreciation may be short-lived.
From Spark Rental’s Latest Blog Posts
Buy and Hold Real Estate Strategy: Pros, Cons, and Maximizing Your Income
- Looking for an investment strategy that helps you create ongoing passive income? Income streams that will keep coming in for the rest of your life? That’s the beauty of the buy-and-hold real estate strategy: you put in the work and money once, and give yourself the…
Are US Housing Markets in a Real Estate Bubble in 2019?
- Remember 2008? It represented the second-largest recession we’ve lived through, junior only to the Great Depression. Since the 2008 housing bubble and subsequent collapse, many Americans continue living with a sense of fear about the economy and the housing market…
Driving for Dollars & How to Find Motivated Sellers
- When Deni and I poll new real estate investors about their greatest challenges, two answers pop up again and again: coming up with a down payment and finding good deals on real estate. So we talk about those two challenges a lot 😊 But the thing about finding deals is…
How Much Emergency Fund Should I Have as a Property Owner?
- Just 40% of Americans could cover an emergency expense costing $1,000, per a 2019 study by Bankrate. The other 60% would be up the creek without a paddle. Because emergencies do happen, and not just to other people, either. Three out of ten Americans say they or an…
From Bigger Pockets’ Top Popular Posts
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From PM Insider’s Latest Posts
Is Your Website Senior and ADA Friendly?
- According to AARP, Baby Boomers spend about $3 trillion annually and a whopping 78 percent are online, where they’re buying $7 billion in goods and services. As of 2017, they spent more time online than Millennials. It’s likely their time spent online will continue to grow, and they have the resources to support an increasing number of online[…]
Turning a Bad Turn Day into a Good One with Technology
- Hours upon hours and days upon days can be spent planning and executing student housing lease-ups. Vendor schedules must be coordinated, leases approved, apartments assigned and roommates matched. Property management technology can assist but the sweat of the brow is often necessary. Most of all, listening to students and parents as they embark upon one[…]
Green Landscaping Isn’t Limiting Multifamily Sustainable Practices To The Indoors
- The perfect time to leave a truly green mark on an apartment’s landscape is during the renovation. Property rehabilitation can not only upgrade the look and feel inside but improve out-of-date landscapes with a more modern – and sensible – look that’s environmentally pleasing. Previous perceptions that green landscapes are boring and costly are being[…]
Lending a Helping Hand with Student Housing Turn
- Just about any student housing operator will gladly take a helping hand during spring and fall semester turns. That’s when, amid a flurry, students move-in en masse to their new living quarters just before classes begin. It’s the peak of peak season. Lines form to the right. RealPage’s student team was more than happy to[…]
From Reddits /r/RealEstate Subreddit
I dropped my agent for being a weak negotiator and it was a great decision. Here is the problem… I can’t tell if my former agent was actually a poor negotiator or she just wanted me to buy a home that costs more money so she get a bigger commission check.
- current score on reddit: 231
Writing a Letter to Buyer for after sale, Creepy or Nice?
- current score on reddit: 227
Neighbor has built fence 5-10 feet onto my future property’s land. In contract now, what is best course of action?
- current score on reddit: 111