Building a mortgage meltdown for the rental market

Building a mortgage meltdown for the rental market

The American home-buying world doesn’t even resemble a free market. Americans owe $10.3 trillion on mortgages. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-guaranteed mortgage giants, hold $5 trillion of that debt. The Federal Reserve holds another $1.8 trillion. Smaller government entities like the Federal Housing Administration and Federal Home Loan Banks round out the government sector.

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Landlord alert: Where to buy homes for the best rental returns

Landlord alert: Where to buy homes for the best rental returns

Today's housing market is more competitive than ever, but investors are still pouring in.

Interest rates remain remarkably low, which makes financing an investment home easier. Low rates also have investors looking for higher yield, and single-family rental homes are an attractive option. Not only do they offer a steady, monthly stream of income, but as home prices continue to rise, the value of the initial investment increases as well.

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As occupancy falls again, apartment landlords sweeten the pot

As occupancy falls again, apartment landlords sweeten the pot

If you are a first-time renter or looking to upgrade to a bigger, newer apartment, now may be your best chance.

Demand for rental apartments fell short of new supply by about 100,000 units nationwide, according to RealPage, a real estate analytics firm. Apartment occupancy is still high, but it is softening a bit, dropping to 94.5 percent in the first quarter of this year, compared to 95.1 percent at the end of 2016. Occupancy has been falling for the past six months.

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Southern California's house flipping takes a dip

Southern California's house flipping takes a dip

Southern California isn’t exactly flipping over real estate.

The quick-buck, buying-fixing-selling residential real estate bets were a huge part of housing in both the boom and bust periods a decade ago. Today’s market presence of these speedy resales is nowhere near the crazed heights surrounding the bubble and its subsequent bust.

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Investors sold off Memphis homes at rapid clip

Investors sold off Memphis homes at rapid clip

A four-bedroom, two-bath rental in the Fox Meadows neighborhood exemplifies how Memphis has the nation's highest house-flipping rate. 

The Memphis investment-property and management firm Reedy & Co. last year paid $400,000 for a bundle of homes that included the brick ranch-style home at 5737 Scottsdale.

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OwnAmerica CEO Greg Rand Says the National Association of Realtors is Hurting Renters when it Attacks Investors

OwnAmerica CEO Greg Rand Says the National Association of Realtors is Hurting Renters when it Attacks Investors

Ever since the initial public offering for Blackstone’s Invitation Homes with Fannie Mae’s backing, opinions have been circulating regarding the Single-Family Rental market. One of particular interest is that of the National Association of Realtors. 

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