Welcome to 2020! In this edition: How to do more work with less effort in 2020. It looks like Mortgage rates are continuing to rise, but will they hit a ceiling? And more and more permits are being taken out to create new homes. This and more below the fold!
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BiggerPockets Podcast 363: How to Work (Way) Less but Accomplish (Way) More in 2020 with Michael Hyatt
Will 2020 be your best year ever? Today’s episode has all the ingredients to make the answer a big, resounding “Yes!” Bestselling author and productivity expert Michael Hyatt is here, and he guides us through how real estate investors should approach the year ahead. You’ll love hearing how Michael’s
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From Realtor.com’s Latest News
New-Home Construction Activity Continues to Rise, as Builders Seek Even More Building Permits
- The pace of home-building is still ramping up in the wake of this summer’s drop in interest rates.
Mortgage Rates Went Up Again This Week—Will They Hit a Ceiling?
- Interest rates for mortgages have risen roughly 0.25% since early September, but how much more can they increase?
Mortgage Rates Hold Steady, but Economists Say Don’t Expect That to Last
- Mixed economic data meant that interest rates on home loans remained unchanged this week.
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Will Soon Let Borrowers Take Out Mortgages Over $500K
- The Federal Housing Finance Agency has raised the maximum conforming loan limit for the fourth straight year. Loan limits were set higher in all but 43 counties across the country.
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How to Increase a Property’s Value: 11 Ideas to Boost Equity & Rents
- Looking for ways to raise your property value? Pricing in real estate has little to do with what you paid for the property, or how much you spent improving it. Real estate values and rents are based on one thing: what buyers and renters perceive the value to…
Lifestyle Creep & Keeping Up with the Joneses: Why You’re Not Rich
- Could you live on half your current income? Most people shake their heads and answer that it’s not possible. And yet there was probably a time when you did exactly that; you earned far less than you do today, and you managed to survive just fine. So what happened in…
How to Negotiate with Contractors: The Definitive Guide
- Dealing with contractors is one of the hardest parts of investing in real estate. The ones who actually return your calls promptly, show up on time for work, and complete jobs on-schedule? They charge a pretty penny for that basic level of professionalism. In fact,…
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