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October housing starts – what do the numbers tell us?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : November 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm

What do the October housing starts numbers mean? October U.S. housing starts were released today by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. [1] Total housing starts were 1,314,000 which is an 8.5% increase over...

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Is a 1031 exchange always the best option?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : November 5, 2019 at 5:54 pm

Tips for using a 1031 for your long-term rental properties. Many real estate investors who hold on to their properties for long-term rentals commonly use the 1031 exchange. This tool, also known as a like-kind exchange or Starker, allows investors...

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New FHA Guidelines – Impact on buyers and investors

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : October 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm

Two important updates to FHA guidelines There have been two important updates to FHA guidelines this year. The first update is related to underwriting for high risk borrowers. Specifically, this guideline deals with borrowers who have low credit scores and...

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Zero down loans for investors. Too good to be true?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : September 23, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Are zero down loans too good to be true? I recently noticed that several hard money lenders are advertising zero down loans. The promise of zero down is enticing but is it a smart option? I can tell you without...

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Financing your multifamily investment deal

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : September 4, 2019 at 5:14 pm

Tips to finance multifamily investment properties This article provides tips and ideas for financing your multifamily investment. A few weeks ago I wrote about the pros and cons of investing in multifamily properties. If you missed it, view the article...

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Investing in Multifamily Properties: Pros and Cons

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : August 12, 2019 at 9:24 pm

Are multifamily properties a good choice for investors? Over the past decade, we have seen some fundamental shifts in the economy that have made multifamily properties more attractive to investors. In recent years, the housing inventory, particularly affordable housing, has...

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Opportunity Zones: Beyond the Buzz

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : August 1, 2019 at 4:30 pm

There has been a lot of press surrounding Opportunity Zones but what do we know about how well these will perform for investors and which Zones will be the best performing? This article goes beyond the buzz in an attempt...

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Is new home construction still a good bet for real estate investors?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : July 29, 2019 at 9:07 pm

New home construction: good for investors? The cost to construct a new home has been rapidly rising. The national average is now $291,324. This is a 134% increase over 1998 costs, and up 33% from 2017 levels. With this rapid...

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Spec Homes as Investment Property: Pros and Cons

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : July 12, 2019 at 2:37 pm

Are investors turning from fix and flip to spec homes? The past decade has been a boon to real estate investors who participate in the fix and flip game.  Unfortunately it is becoming more and more difficult to find, and...

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5 trends that are disrupting the new home construction industry

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : July 9, 2019 at 8:30 pm

Trends in new home construction The new home construction industry is long overdue for disruption. Finally, it appears the time is now. In the past few years we have started to see several trends emerge that are the beginning of...

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