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For Invitation Homes Inc., the U.S. landlord built by Blackstone Group LP, the 220 houses it owned in working-class areas around Atlanta were outliers, filled primarily with low-income tenants paying rents well below those at its other properties. For another company with big private equity ties, the homes were an opportunity. Promise Homes Co., a firm started…

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As housing inventory sank to its all-time low during the fourth quarter, home prices increased, creating all-new highs in many U.S. markets, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors. The national median existing single-family home price in the fourth quarter came in at $247,800, up 5.3% from $235,400 in the fourth…

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Recently, a family of my acquaintance were selling a condo that had been an investment property. They had owned it for five years, and it fetched a rent a third higher than the mortgage; however, it was in an old building that had had several expensive assessments, so the condo had not been cash-flow positive…

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If you are looking for a way to diversify your portfolio while building wealth for the future, buying an apartment building could help you achieve both goals. There are enormous advantages to owning rental property, and investing in a fully-rented apartment building could bring you a steady stream of rental income — money you could…

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Question. Over the years, I have been involved in questions dealing with the value of certain property. This has involved such diverse issues as appealing the County’s assessment for tax purposes, obtaining a refinance mortgage to avoid private mortgage insurance, and recently challenging an IRS valuation of property we just inherited. Is there a way…

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New tax laws make it tempting to become a landlord New tax laws that went into effect this year offer a big benefit: tax cuts for landlords. That’s because those who own rental property as a business may now be able to deduct from their taxes 20 percent of rental income earned. That can add…

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Every real estate professional is aware that location is the most important factor in the value of a property. After all, the neighborhood and value of the surrounding homes are usually the defining factor in pricing a home. Most buyers value a safe, well-maintained neighborhood with good schools. But every buyer is unique. If you’re trying to…

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A home inspection is traditionally known as a part of the due diligence process when a home is under contract with an intended buyer. A professional home inspector will visit the home and conduct a thorough review of the structure, noting any deferred maintenance, defects in the building and the remaining useful life of major appliances and…

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What are absolute deal breakers when it comes to a rental property? Technically, the answer is there are none—or just about none. Every piece of property has a value. Although, as Brandon Turner noted about one deal on the podcast I was lucky enough to be on, “…no matter how I did my numbers, in the end…

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Remodeling spending is expected to approach $340 billion in 2018, a 7.5 percent increase over last year, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. More homeowners may be remodeling, but those that do high-end projects are seeing less value in those remodels. The average payback in a home’s resale value is 56 percent of…

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