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6 Reasons to Make the Jump to CRE with Multifamily Investments

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By Kristine Serio You’ve been investing in buy-and-hold single-family properties for a while now, and you have to admit it: you’re pretty good at it. In fact, you’re so good at it that you’re thinking of branching out into other kinds of real estate investing. But where do you look? You look at commercial real estate (CRE) investing. Specifically, you look at multifamily investments. Small multifamily investments are the best way to make the jump from single-family properties to the […]

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5 Things to Look for in an Investment Property

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By Kristine Serio Passive income, appreciation, stability, great returns, tax benefits—the arguments for investing in long-term, hold-to-rent real estate just make sense. Listen to them long enough, and you really start to wonder, “Why am I not in on this?” Listen a little longer, and that question becomes, “All right, how do I get in on this?” Not all hold-to-rent properties are created equal. If you’re on the hunt for a long-term real estate investment, you need to understand what […]

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5 Things to Avoid in a Buy-and-Hold Investment Property

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By Kristine Serio You’ve heard your share of horror stories about long-term, buy-and-hold real estate investments. The “surprise” zoning permits that the last owners never handled. The properties with cracks the size of the Grand Canyon hiding in their foundations. The unhappy landlords who end up in the red every month because, when they bought the place, their enthusiasm got ahead of their calculators. You don’t want to add your own horror story to the list. But you do want […]

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A Bullish Market for Single-Family-Home Rentals

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By Cynthia Badiey, Editor, Auction.com Blog Fix and flip? Or buy and hold? It’s one of the biggest—and most basic—decisions that residential real estate investors have to make. Knowing what’s going on in the market for single-family homes can make the choice easier. We sat down with Rick Sharga, Auction.com Executive Vice President, to talk about the overall landscape for single-family rentals, the role of institutional investors, and new business models. What’s the outlook right now for single-family rental market? […]

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Fix and Flip, or Buy and Hold? 8 Questions to Help You Decide

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By Kristine Serio, Guest Author Fix and flip, or buy and hold? That is the question. Unfortunately, the answer is sometimes less obvious than most of us would like it to be. When it comes to deciding which type of real estate investing is “better,” there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is an answer to this question that’s specifically right for you. Ask yourself these eight questions to figure out whether you’re […]

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Sell that Home! 6 Steps to a Stunning Curb Appeal (Part II)

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This is the second part in this series, click here for part one of this series.  By Ethan Roberts Whether you’re an investor with a vacant house or an owner-occupant trying to sell your own home, you need to create a first impression in a buyer’s mind that’s not just favorable, but downright enthralling. We call that having positive “curb appeal.” As we saw in part one of this series, the prospective buyer’s experience begins with the exterior of the […]

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November Housing Round-Up: Housing Market Recovery Keeps Moving Along

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By Matthew Schreck, Quantitative Research Analyst The U.S. housing market recovery continues to make progress, as demand for single-family homes and home prices increased in a more balanced fashion, according to newly released market data. Building on last month’s robust increase, existing-home sales grew to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 5.26 million in October, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported. After erasing much of the progress made in the last half of 2013 and early 2014, existing-home […]

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October Nowcast on Target; November Prediction

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By Peter Muoio, Chief Economist Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released existing-home sales data for the month of October, reporting that existing home sales increased 1.5% from September at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.26 million. Last month, Auction.com’s Real Estate Nowcast predicted October existing home sales at SAAR of 5.18 million, a difference of .08, and well within Auction.com’s Nowcast predicted range of between 4.97 and 5.38 million. Unlike the consensus estimate comprised of predictions […]

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Should Real Estate Be Part Of Your Investment Portfolio?

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By Peter Miller, Guest Post The idea of a “balanced” portfolio has always been a matter of debate. What goes into a balanced portfolio? How do you allocate percentages? How often should your portfolio strategy change? These are just some of the questions associated with portfolio development. Another one goes like this: Should your portfolio include investment real estate? Let’s approach this question a little differently and argue that your portfolio—right now—reflects a series of real estate decisions. In fact, […]

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Sell That Home! 5 Steps to a Stunning Curb Appeal

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By Ethan Roberts Whether your goal is to flip a great foreclosure that you won on Auction.com or simply to sell your own primary residence, the shortcut to a fast sale at top dollar begins with creating great “curb appeal” for the home. What exactly is “curb appeal”? It’s that vital first (and long-lasting) impression that prospective buyers gets when they step out of their car and see your home for the first time. Since today that first view is […]

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