(Maybe)The Biggest Real Estate Bubble?

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Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin made his fortune in the country’s real estate market — and now he’s warning that it’s spiraling out of control.

It’s the “biggest bubble in history,” he told CNNMoney in an exclusive interview Wednesday.    Bubble is a sensitive word in China after the dramatic rise and spectacular crash in the country’s stock market last year, which wiped out the savings of millions of small investors who thought Beijing wouldn’t allow the market to drop.   After struggling to contain the fallout from the stock market debacle, China’s leaders could face a similar headache in the real estate sector.  READ MORE HERE—>

http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/28/investing/china-wang-jianlin-real-estate-bubble/index.html?sr=twCNN092916china-wang-jianlin-real-estate-bubble0335AMVODtopPhoto&linkId=29325063

Lower Rents Ahead?

Renters may soon get some relief. In the third quarter, apartment rents in some of the most expensive markets in the U.S. showed a decline. This marks a notable turn from the six-year boom streak occurring in the rental market, according to a new report released by MPF Research, an apartment tracker firm. MPF says a flood of new units hitting the market is one main reason behind the slowing of rents in some high-priced markets.  http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/10/06/rental-market-shows-signs-cooling#sf38067327

 

A Taste of the East Side

I thought this was great coverage for NY and New England homes.  Amazing how far your money will go, especially in the suburbs compared to California Real Estate.  See More Here—>http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/realestate/homes-that-sold-for-around-750000.html?smid=tw-nytrealestate&smtyp=cur

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Would You Make this Purchase???

Everyone wants to own a home.  But if you don’t BUY RIGHT Home ownership can be blinding!!!   I don’t know WHO advised the buyer of this deal recently.  Take a closer look at the deal points:

3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, purchased recently for $500K.  The median house price for this zip code is $450K.  This house is not remodeled and has an ugly old kitchen.  Good bones, but there is nothing new about the house.  Another words this house is already over median.

The buyer put down 5%.  Financed the balance so they now owe PMI (personal mortgage insurance).  Property tax will be 1% of purchase price in LA, so $5000 per year with 2% increases annually.

Since the borrower opted for a 30 year mortgage and put a minimum down payment into the deal, they were assessed an additional 0.85% charge.  The APR of 3.13% with the assessed addition is now 3.98%.  This all looks great, right?

The buyer believes the house will appreciate 5% for the next 3 years, to $578.8K.  That’ a whopping $78K PROFIT RIGHT???  WATCH THIS:

Borrowed Amount: $475K

Down:  $25K

Interest to be Paid in 3 Years:  $55.2K

Property Tax to be paid in 3 Years: $15.3K

Property Insurance to be paid in 3 Years:  $1K

Total Paid by Buyer in 3 Years:  $71K

The buyer after 3 years has put $571K into the house, even though they paid down part of the loan, they have still effectively PAID $571K.  How much profit?  $7.8K hopefully.  WHY?  because the buyer assumed a 5% increase for 3 straight years.

If the buyer is wrong in 1 out of the 3 years the profit is….ZERO!!!

So again I ask, would you have made this purchase???

Home Design Trends Worth Watching!

Herringbone is emerging as the pattern of choice in 2016. Herringbone is the arrangement of rectangles that is so named for its resemblance to the bones of fish.  This pattern is popping up on everything from hardwood floors, kitchen backsplashes and shower walls. It may be subtle or bold.  Read on—>

Who’s Got Your Back?

Two words alone have, rightly, loomed large in discussions about California’s housing market this year: inventory and affordability. A tight supply of homes available for sale has helped to keep strong upward pressure on home prices, which in turn has caused further deterioration of affordability in the state.   As housing becomes more expensive, and the cost of living between expensive central areas and outlying counties expands, people begin to make decisions on the trade-offs between living farther out (and in larger houses) and commuting longer to their jobs.  For your next purchase or rental who’s got your back?  Subscribe and/or Follow me on Twitter for strategies to navigate the housing market!

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BUYING REAL ESTATE WITH A BUDDY? CONSIDER THIS…

Combining resources to acquire real estate sounds great, till you really consider ALL the considerations.  I still meet investors who don’t use operating agreements with their partner/friends when flipping homes.  This article addresses the “what if’s” in a practical sense.Buying Real Estate with a Buddybuying-re-with-a-buddy

 

California August 2016 Home Sales Report

August 2016 breakdown – California sales were down, median prices up = TIGHT SUPPLY!  Anyone searching for a new home or searching for a rental keeps hearing this tune over and over; inventories are low.  Additionally frustrating purchases might have also been talk of an increase in interest rates by the Fed in the Fall.  We have continued to purchase homes at a steady pace but nowhere near our peak three years ago.

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