U.S. City Dwellers Are Looking for Suburban Homes

New York is leading the race for urban dwellers fleeing cities in search of suburban homes. Mortgage rates drop to record lows; however, it could start getting more expensive to refinance a home soon. Also, are rural land prices going through the roof? This and more below the fold!

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Are Americans Leaving Cities in the wake of COVID-19?

In this weeks real estate news: Are Americans leaving cities in the wake of COVID-19? Mortgage rates hit an historic all-time low, thus driving many buyers out of cities and into suburbs (again). Foreign home buyers dry up, opening the path for domestic buyers. And July 11-12 COVID numbers are the highest yet. This and more below the fold.

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    • From fashion design work in India, to a corporate career with Nordstrom… to leaving that career to flip 40+ houses in 6 years – all in one of the hottest markets on the planet! Seattle investor Leka Devatha has quite a story to tell, and a lot of hard-won wisdom too! From her 6 tips for findingand

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  • Do You Have to Put a Down Payment on a House? Down Payment Hacks
    • For homebuyers and real estate investors alike, coming up with a down payment presents the greatest barrier to buying. But do you have to put a down payment on a house when you buy? Are there creative workarounds that homebuyers and real estate investors can take…
  • De-Urbanization: Are Americans Fleeing Cities in the Wake of COVID-19?
    • As a city dweller myself, I’m all too familiar with the challenges of urban living during the coronavirus pandemic. My family shares a small apartment with no outdoor space – and it certainly got harder to stay cooped up in it as the weeks and months of social…
  • How to Convert Your Airbnb into a Long-Term Rental Property
    • Even as the economy slowly reopens and people adjust to a “new normal,” the future of the home-sharing market remains uncertain. Vacation rental companies such as VRBO and Airbnb saw a collapse in demand and revenue due to travel restrictions and the economic fallout…
  • How Long Does Each Part of Your Rental Property Last? (Infographic)
    • Ever had a tenant fly into a rage because their refrigerator went out, ruining all of their food? Landlords know what a big deal it is when things break at their properties. Sometimes it’s something small like a window AC unit, but sometimes it’s something major like…

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Rent is due — tenants can’t pay

Landlords are bracing for collecting less in April as unemployment continues to rise over the coronavirus pandemic. Also, somehow home prices are rising — for now — despite the coronavirus, some experts say this is a trend that will not last, and expect prices to drop to low 2011 levels eventually. This and more below the fold.

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50% of Americans think it’s a good idea to buy a home.

Currently only 50% of Americans think it’s a good idea to buy a home right now — that is an ALL TIME low. What is the Coronavirus’ impact on real-estate investors? Home sales plummet in March. This and more below the fold

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Fannie Mae: Sales will decline by 15%

Fannie Mae is saying that sales may decline by up to 15% in 2020 due to the coronavirus disrupting the housing market. Home Builder confidence is plummeting to its lowest level since 2012. And which US housing markets will be the most affected by COVID-19? This and more below the fold.

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COVID-19 is Scrambling Home Buyers

Many home-buyers are now scrambling to cut deals that would have been difficult or impossible only a couple months ago. The Fed cut interest rates to 0%, what does that mean for you? And more news on upcoming stimulus checks. This and more below the fold.

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Mom & Pop landlords and COVID-19

Mom and Pop landlords — owners of up to 50% of rentals nationwide — could be hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, as renters start missing payments. 10 DIY home ideas while you are home during the pandemic, and from Bigger Pockets: a podcast Q&A on the Coronavirus pandemic. This and more below the fold.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate

We are in some pretty uncharted territory, and it’s going to be a little while before the dust settles and we see the devastation of the Coronavirus to the markets, and the local economies throughout the USA. Restaurant attendance has plummeted, renters are losing their hourly paychecks, and nobody is entirely sure what comes next. This and more, on the Weekly Digs.

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  • How Does the Coronavirus Impact Real Estate Investors?
    • As the coronavirus continues rattling investors and shuttering businesses around the world, people keep asking me the same question over and over: What will the impact on real estate be? Because no one knows how long the global pandemic will last, no one can know how…
  • Out-of-State Real Estate Investing with BRRRRs: Whitney’s System
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  • How to Buy Turnkey Properties Sight Unseen
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  • The Debt Snowball Method, FIRE, and Real Estate Investing
    •   When you’ve got extra money in your budget for financial goals, should you allocate it toward aggressive debt payoff or invest it? Financial experts love to point to math that shows investing is usually the best place for your money, but that decision proves…

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75 Deals at Just 20 Years Old

This Week in the Weekly Digs: In Bigger Pockets podcast – Will Brown reveals how laser-focusing on “deal flow” allowed him to build a rental property portfolio.Home Permits Soar to Highest Level in 13 Years in January, and We have a list of the apartment features tenants want most these days. This and more below the fold

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  • BiggerPockets Podcast 371: 75 Deals at Just 20 Years Old with William Brown

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How to Buy Foreclosures

In this edition of the Weekly Digs: How to buy foreclosures and net $20,000 in monthly rents. What is wholesaling real estate, and is it too good to be true? And the number of home buyers who signed contracts plummeted in December, despite high demand. This and more below the fold.

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  • How to Buy Foreclosures: How John Nets $20,000 in Monthly Rents
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  • Rental Property Deduction Checklist: 20 Tax Deductions for Landlords in 2020
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