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Recently, the Mortgage Bankers Association predicted that multifamily lending was on track to set another record in 2018. And now that 2018 is over, we’re starting to get a look at just how good of a year it was for multifamily lending. And just as expected, it appears that multifamily mortgage lending finished the year off on a strong…


As the partial government shutdown continues the National Association of Realtors® contacted a sample of its members to see if the real estate market is as yet feeling any impact.  At present, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture are essentially closed, and the Internal Revenue Service is operating at a…


Multifamily borrowers will have lots of choices on where to get permanent loans in the new year—despite worries about rising interest rates, high property prices and overbuilding. “There is nothing out there that is going to create a lack of liquidity,” says Gerard Sansosti, executive managing director with capital markets services provider HFF. Multifamily investors can…


Let’s take a look at two different investors who bought and sold properties over a 25-year span. The investors in both scenarios start with the same amount of money ($50,000), buy the same property (a $250,000 deal, 2nd column below), have the same growth (5% equity growth each year, reflected in the 3rd column below),…


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have caused some confusion for HNW real estate investors on how to best handle 1031 exchanges. Effective this year, the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act wiped out the 1031 exchange tax deferment benefit for personal property, such as primary residences, vacation homes, artwork, and collectibles. That change might…


Real estate in many areas of the country has finally surpassed the pre-recession pricing, and people find themselves with quite a bit of equity in their homes and rental properties. One of the biggest mistakes I hear about from unsophisticated investors is how much lazy equity is kept in coastal markets such as Seattle and San…


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprises that help lubricate the U.S. mortgage market, will stop backing loans for single-family investment homes in a nod to the growing controversies surrounding that marketplace. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, regulator of Fannie  and Freddie, announced Tuesday that both companies would end pilot programs which were intended to “test and…


As the cliché goes, “cash is king.” It’s true in almost every financial investment and business endeavor. For a turnkey real estate investor, there are some large benefits to using cash for purchases rather than financing. The biggest pro of turnkey real estate investing is cash flow; the single biggest drain on your bottom line…


Apartment building loans are a lot like other residential real estate financing. It all starts with a property, borrower and lender, and it all ends, if all goes well, with a closed loan and newly purchased or refinanced property. Here’s a guide to what borrowers need to know about how to buy and finance apartment…


Freddie Mac, the country’s largest backer of apartment loans, is rolling out a new program that will offer lower-cost financing to owners who agree to cap rent increases for the life of their loans. The initiative acts similar to rent control—which has been gaining traction in many parts of the country—by keeping units in private…

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