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Rising interest rates are one of the real estate market’s soft spots. The increase of the Federal interest rate led to numerous forecasts, many of which report the anticipation a decrease in transaction volume and units coming online. Sean Burton, CEO of investment management and development firm CityView, shared his view on the matter with Multi-Housing…


One of the most nerve-wracking aspects of purchasing a home is the mortgage application and approval process. Regardless of your financial history, waiting for the OK from a lender can be unsettling when you’re trying to close on that perfect home. For first-time homebuyers in particular, unfamiliarity with the process means a lot of shots…


Members of the armed forces don’t shrink from a challenge. Which may explain why more of them own rental properties. Nine percent of U.S. homeowners have investment homes, according to a National Association of Realtors study. But that jumps to 16 percent among owners on active duty in the military. A lower-cost VA home loan…


It has suddenly gotten a lot more difficult to borrow money for an apartment property. “The overall cost of borrowing has gone up undoubtedly,” says Peter Smyslowski, managing director in the San Francisco office of capital services provider HFF. “But the interest rates spreads offered by lenders are very similar to the spreads they offered…


According to the National Association of Realtors 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers – First-time buyers who financed their home typically financed 96 percent of their home compared to repeat buyers at 84 percent. The most difficult step in the home buying process was saving for a down payment, as cited by 13 percent…


Recent data from Ellie Mae showed that it takes about a month and a half on average to close a mortgage loan. Several speakers at Wednesday’s housing summit hosted by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic, including Quicken Loans CEO Bill Emerson, said that closing times could conceivably be much shorter than that, even as little…


The rise of short-stay rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway is tempting homeowners to purchase vacation homes that will also generate income. For some, renting is a way to recoup some costs of a second home purchased primarily for family fun. Others do the math and find it makes sense to rent full time or…


Buying a home and getting a mortgage go hand in hand: More than three-quarters of buyers need a loan to purchase property. Yet even though we know that shopping around is key to getting the best deal on most items, plenty of us somehow miss that message when it comes to mortgages. According to a report last year from the Consumer Financial…


When it comes to handling your real estate investments, the words from U.S. businessman Peter Lynch consistently ring true: “Know what you own, and know why you own it.” The internet and big data have been critical in making that sentiment a reality. It may have been nearly two decades in the making, but no…


Investing in rental properties is one of the best ways to begin accumulating wealth. You not only build equity in the properties you own as you pay them down, but if you work your numbers right, you should also be generating some positive cash flow each month. However, like any other type of investment, there…

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