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Real Estate News: Real Estate Investing Podcast

Don’t get caught off guard by market crashes that can take all your money down with them. And don’t miss out on markets where you can build wealth practically overnight. Real Estate News for Investors with Kathy Fettke is the premiere source for savvy real estate investors who want the edge. Stay up-to-date on new laws, regulations, and economic events that affect real estate. Topics include: market trends, economic analysis that affects housing prices, updates on the best rental markets for investing in single-family rentals or multi-unit rentals, turn-key housing standards, the fate of the highly revered 1031 exchange and other tax law affecting investors, self-directed IRA investing and 401k changes, where rents and property values are rising or falling, flipping risks, new Dodd-Frank rules regarding private lending and financing standards, areas with job losses vs job growth, areas that are overbuilt or over-supplied versus areas with low supply and high demand, and how to avoid real estate scams. We'll bring you the latest reports from organizations like the National Association of Realtors, Realty Trac, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, Rent Range, Property Radar, the Norris Group, Peter Schiff, Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Suse Orman, Bigger Pockets, Dave Ramsey and more. And we'll help you interpret the data in terms that make sense for your real estate goals, and portfolio. Grow and protect your wealth by staying on the forefront of economic data analysis, expert opinions, innovative investing strategies and profitable investment opportunities. We'll share all the top real estate news stories and the best trade secrets investors should know, so you can stay ahead of the curve and make fully informed real estate decisions. Host Kathy Fettke is Co-CEO of the Real Wealth Network, author of Retire Rich with Rentals and host of the Real Wealth Show on iTunes. She brings decades of media and real estate investing experience, offers her own viewpoints on particular topics, and taps into her network of real estate experts for real world news updates created just for investors like you. Get the real news on real estate on The Real Estate News For Investors Show!

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Secure Act: New Rules for Retirement Plans

The rules for tax-deferred retirement accounts are changing as of January 1st. A new law called the SECURE Act takes effect on January 1st. It was signed into law by President Trump as part of the 2020 government spending bill. Investment advisers say it will allow more U.S. workers to participate in these plans. There’s also a bit of bad news for people who will inherit an IRA.    www.NewsForInvestors.com


13 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Real Estate News Brief: 2020 Look Ahead, Security Camera Data Breach, Basic Income Experiment

In our Real Estate News Brief for the week ending on January 4th, 2020... a look ahead at real estate in 2020, a security camera data breach, and an experiment in basic income.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


11 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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U.S. Economy: Discounted Real Estate for Investors

The Federal government is pumping trillions of dollars into the U.S. economy to offset damage from the coronavirus pandemic. But, as businesses remain closed and much of the U.S. workforce unemployed, we will likely see some amount of damage -- including the sale of distressed properties. While that’s never a good thing for the seller, it creates a potential buying opportunity for the real estate investor.   The Wall Street Journal reports that a number of institutional investors are sitting on piles of cash for what could be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to buy properties at a big discount.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


11 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Real Estate: New CA Laws Impact Housing, Rentals

The new year is bringing lots of new laws. Since many of our members and listeners are in California, I’m going to dedicate today’s podcast to a round-up of laws that could affect the real estate world in California. Of course, California often sets a precedent for other parts of the nation as well, so they may be of interest to anyone in real estate.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


12 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Real Estate News Brief: Homeseller Profit, FICO Score Changes, Curb Appeal Value

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending January 25th, 2020... we’ll look at homeseller profit, FICO score changes, and the financial impact of “curb appeal.”   www.NewsForInvestors.com


25 Jan 2020

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Real Estate News Brief: Apartment Rental Rates Up, Renting vs Owning, 2020 Date Fraud

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending January 11th, 2020... rental rates in 2019, renting vs. owning, and why you shouldn’t abbreviate 2020.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


14 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Real Estate News Brief: Economy at Risk, Tax Day Reprieve, Mortgage Moratoriums

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending March 21st, 2020... we have economic news that’s contaminated by the coronavirus, a tax day reprieve, and mortgage moratoriums.   We’re in an unprecedented situation right now as this microscopic virus threatens the health and safety of everyone in the world. It’s gotten to the point of statewide lockdowns in California and New York to help slow the spread of the virus. Other states are likely to follow. There are also bans on non-essential travel across the northern and southern borders, but President Trump says we’re not at the point of a national lockdown, just yet, although other nations have done so.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


21 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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U.S. Economy: Do We Need More Babies?

The U.S. has a population problem and it’s not because we have too many people. The nation’s birth rate is declining. It’s half of what it was when the baby boomers were born, and is currently at a record low -- so low, that the incoming generation can’t replace the outgoing one. According to some social scientists, that could have a serious impact on our future -- both socially and economically.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


13 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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Real Estate News Brief: Mortgage Shopping, 401k Millionaires, Moving for Love

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending February 15th, 2020... the benefits of mortgage shopping, 401k millionaires, and moving for love.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


19 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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Real Estate News Brief: Low Mortgage Rates, 5-Year Rent Freeze, Netflix Series on Gentrification

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending February 8th, 2020… new lower mortgage rates, the city with a 5-year rent freeze, and a Netflix series about gentrification in Los Angeles.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


11 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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Home Sales: Low Rates, Virus Tug at Housing Market

What a week. While the Coronavirus and its effect on Wall Street, the economy and of course, our health and safety has dominated our conversations, I’m going to focus on how it could affect the U.S. housing market. As we know, home sales were headed for a hot spring season because of low mortgage rates and a strong economy. And then the coronavirus came along. It has brought mortgage rates even lower, but it’s also causing an economic disruption like we haven’t seen before. Will it be a minor blip on the charts? Or… is this the black swan event that could usher in that recession so many people have been fearing?   www.NewsForInvestors.com


14 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Real Estate News Brief: Home Prices, Rent Collection, Appraisal Deadlines

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending April 18th, 2020... we’ll take a look at whether the pandemic will impact home prices, the good news about rent collection, and what banking regulators are doing to help home sales.   We begin with economic news from this past week, which hasn’t been great but there are a few bright spots, including plans to loosen up “stay at home” orders over the next several weeks.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


19 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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Real Estate News Brief: Restarting the U.S. Economy, New Emergency Loan Money and Home Sale Activity

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending April 25th, 2020... the staggered reopening of the U.S. economy has begun, two small business rescue programs are being refunded, and the home sale slump could be reversing.   We begin with economic news from this past week, and plans, by some states, to slowly restart their economies. The state of Georgia is taking the first steps with the cautious reopening of some businesses on Friday, April 24th. While states, like Georgia and South Carolina, are planning to ease stay-at-home restrictions, others are extending them because modeling shows they are still at risk. A model maintained by the University of Washington shows that Montana could safely reopen on May 1st, and that Alaska, Hawaii, North Carolina, Vermont and West Virginia could do so on May 10th. At least half the states should wait until May 25th or later.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


27 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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Real Estate News Brief: Emergency Rate Cut, Record Low Mortgage Rate, Real Estate as “Safe Haven”

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending March 7th, 2020... we have an emergency interest rate cut, all-time low mortgage rates, and a virus-inspired surge in real estate investing.   We begin with economic news from this past week, and a quarter percent rate cut by the Fed. The central bank cut rates to help protect the economy from the effects of the coronavirus. The overnight lending rate is now from 1 to 1.25%. Fed Chief Jerome Powell offered reassurance that the U.S. economy is still strong, but he says the spread of the virus will likely affect economic growth. But, he says “we will get to the other side” and “return to solid growth and a solid labor market as well.”   www.NewsForInvestors.com


9 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Real Estate News Brief:  Hot Home Sales, Coronavirus Impact & New Migration Report

In this Real Estate News Brief for the week ending February 29th, 2020... we have an early launch to spring sales, concern about the coronavirus, and top cities for population growth.   We begin with economic news from this past week. The spring homebuying season is off to an early start. New home sales rose 7.9% in January. That’s more than 18% higher than January of last year. It’s also the highest level of sales since July of 2007. That’s despite higher home prices.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


4 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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COVID-19: Stimulus Package #4 for Infrastructure Development 

Just days after the largest stimulus package in history was signed, talks have begun on what could be “phase four” of the coronavirus stimulus plan. A few of the ideas being discussed include major infrastructure spending and a rollback on the cap for SALT deductions.    President Trump signed phase one of the virus rescue plan in early March. It authorized $8.3 billion for the initial response including money for state and local governments, virus research, testing, and vaccine development. Phase two was signed on March 18th for $100 billion that expands unemployment benefits and provides tax credits to employers for paid sick  leave. Phase 3 is the big one so far. The $2.1 trillion dollar package went into effect on March 27th and includes major relief for consumers in the form of direct bank deposits or checks, tax deferrals, state aid, loans to small and large businesses, and some grants for several impacted businesses like airlines.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


2 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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Rental Housing Trends: 2010 vs 2020

Rental housing has changed a lot in the last decade, and the start of a new decade gives us a chance see where we are today. These trends are crucial for landlords to know about. By putting them all together, it’s easier to see the big picture and whether any adjustments are needed.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


17 Jan 2020

Rank #17

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Real Estate: Mortgage Rates Sink to 3%

The mortgage business is blazing a new trail right now. Rates have fallen to a record low. They have almost hit 3%, but they aren’t as low as they could be. Experts say they should have dipped below 3% by now but that busy lenders are holding back on lower rates to help control demand. It’s anyone’s best guess as to what happens next, but it’s quite possible that even lower rates are on the way.    www.NewsForInvestors.com


11 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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COVID-19: Credit Market Shrinks for Home Loans, HELOCs

A recent change in lending could impact real estate investors, especially if more lenders follow suit. Over the weekend, JPMorgan Chase stopped accepting HELOC applications. The bank posted the notice on its website saying it’s a temporary suspension due to the current economic uncertainty created by COVID-19. Lenders have also been tightening loan standards.   Chase says it will continue to review already-submitted applications for home equity lines of credit, and HELOCs that have already been issued are not affected. But investors who might want to jump on a real estate buying opportunity by tapping into their home equity, face a shrinking pool of funding options.   www.NewsForInvestors.com


21 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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Real Estate News Brief: Coronavirus Repercussions, Mortgage Relief Options, Unique Home Contest

In this Real Estate News Brief for the second week of March.. we have coronavirus repercussions, mortgage relief options, and something that might lift your spirits from Airbnb.   We begin with economic news from this past week and a half.   So much has happened because of the coronavirus. The Fed cut interest rates to zero and launched a $700 billion stimulus program. President Trump acknowledged that the pandemic is “really bad” and issued guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus. Cities across the nation are shutting down bars, restaurants, and public gatherings. Stores are dealing with panicked buyers. Officials are encouraging people to shelter in place. There’s talk of shutting down our borders and postponing the Presidential election. The stock drop has now erased about 80% of the gains seen since the 2016 election, or what was previously called “The Trump Bump.” Companies will be reporting their first quarter earnings and many are expected to miss their forecasts. The second quarter will likely be worse. And, economists are saying the recession has begun.    www.NewsForInvestors.com


17 Mar 2020

Rank #20