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The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this week that it is issuing new rules for down payment assistance on mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA currently requires borrowers to provide a minimum down payment (or Minimum Required Investment, referred to by HUD as MRI) of 3.5% of the home’s purchase price. FHA rules…


Building a portfolio full of safe and passive income vehicles that not only covers your cost of living today but grows at a rate equal to or exceeding the rate of inflation is the retiree’s dream. However, it is not as easy as it may at first seem. Given the recent macroeconomic environment where interest…


One of the biggest value-adds of utilizing technology is that it can automate mundane tasks — and that’s especially true for real estate professionals. For example, property managers can leverage automated workflows to help them do everything from collect rent to see through maintenance work orders, and investors can use online tools and analytics to…


As the weather improves this spring, it is time to consider changing or improving the exterior paint color for your rental property so here is a quick guide in this week’s maintenance checkup from Keepe. Choosing exterior paint colors can be tricky, especially for a multifamily property where you have to keep in mind the variety…


More and more people are jumping on the real estate bandwagon. According to the National Association of Realtors, the number of real estate buyers has doubled in the last four years. The recent increase in real estate movement does not come as a surprise. Stricken by the gap between the average income and costs of…


This is part one of a series of posts I’ll be writing about investments in vacation rentals. The vacation rental industry has rapidly evolved in recent years. What’s driven this change? And which investors are thriving in the space? It’s an area in which I’m deeply invested (both literally and figuratively), and therefore, I’ve thought…


A good elevator pitch is said to be one that lasts no longer than the elevator ride of 20 or 30 seconds. The message must be tightly persuasive to spark interest or an action or the respondent may simply get bored with it. People generally lose focus after about eight seconds, one second shy of…


For aging parents who had a measure of financial success, real estate investments are not unusual. Their portfolios can include single family rental homes, apartment buildings or commercial entities. When they were younger, many of these seniors took pride in managing these investments themselves. But time can take its toll. We are seeing age-related problems…


Stephen chose a precarious time to buy. He purchased a REIT right before the sector’s ensuing rout. But it didn’t matter because he knew exactly what to buy. He banked an easy $91,405 on this investment while most first-level REIT investors sweated and treaded water. Park Hotels & Resorts (PK) was a relatively new REIT that was spun…


You all know the old saying, “home is where the heart is.” Increasingly, urban residents have been looking for places that foster a sense of community, as well as providing great accommodation. It is a well-known fact that people have a growing sense of isolation in our ever more connected world, something that has been…

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