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The recession/depression and housing crash have certainly altered the old American Dream…at least for the foreseeable future. The ongoing foreclosure crisis will drive another 3 million families to rent single family homes before 2015.
These millions of people are not typical renters, either. They are older. They have furniture, appliances, kids and pets. They are not interested in apartment living. They are looking to move back into single family homes, after foreclosure. This new growth in single family rentals is the fastest growing part of the rental market and the pace is unprecedented.
A Nation of Renters Appears to be the Plan?
Private Equity groups smell the blood in the water. They are buying up billons of dollars in distressed property, which they will in turn rent back to American families. Colony Capital, for example, has purchased over 1ooo single family homes since December of this year and plans to invest at LEAST $1.5 BILLION more this year.
In the next 5-10 years, investment firms will gobble up hundreds of billions of dollars of single family homes, at basement prices. They will Raise rents every chance they get over the next 3-5 years. Then, they will dump these properties for a profit and move on something else.
How does a Renting Society change the American neighborhood?
The combination of transient families and declining home values will take a huge toll on American neighborhoods. A rentership society is much less likely to spend money on plants, a fresh coat of paint, new carpet or a fenced yard—as they would if they owned the home they live in.
Renters also mean shifts in student populations and present more challenges for our school systems. Many schools in the Phoenix area report that 50% of their students will be new this year, a far higher percentage than normal. Everything slows down when a new student enters a classroom and parents are less likely to be involved, when they are not sure they will be there for long.
Is American homeownership still the American Dream?
Thankfully, the answer is YES. 83% of people who lost their homes to foreclosure or distress sales say they want to own their own home again. Most say they will buy something smaller than they had. Many promise they will never again tie up so much of their income for a home. Many who are forced to rent feel displaced. They feel that they are living in someone else’s house. They are fearful of entering retirement without having a home that is paid for…which only owning and paying off a mortgage will accomplish. So, yes, neigborhoods are changing…new homeowners aren’t families, but are investment firms…but appears for all the right reasons… the American dream is alive… at least for now.
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Okay, sure… not ALL of the beds in these cities are infested. But if you’re planning on hotel stays in any of these destinations, you might want to do an inspection around the headboards before you lay your body down.
Pest control corporation Rollins (which owns seven companies - including Orkin) reports a 34% rise in bed bug biz from 2010 to 2011.
Here’s the list, including the change from the previous year’s ranking:
3. Detroit (+1)
4. Denver (+2)
5. Los Angeles (+20)
6. Columbus, Ohio (-3)
7. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (+43)
8. Washington, D.C. (-3)
9. New York (-2)
10. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+6)
11. Houston (-1)
12. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif. (+35)
13. Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio (+1)
14. Boston (+4)
15. Dayton, Ohio (-7)
16. Las Vegas (-1)
17. Honolulu (+55)
18. Baltimore (-6)
19. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+9)
20. Philadelphia (-9)
21. Atlanta (+24)
22. Lexington, Ky. (-13)
23. Syracuse, N.Y. (+25)
24. Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (+27)
25. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (+19)
26. San Diego (+13)
27. Seattle/Tacoma, Wash. (-3)
28. Omaha, Neb. (-11)
29. Buffalo, N.Y. (-16)
30. Pittsburgh (-3)
31. Indianapolis (-12)
32. Milwaukee (+6)
33. Charlotte, N.C. (+13)
34. Phoenix (+19)
35. Louisville, Ky. (-3)
36. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-16)
37. Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo. (+30)
38. Knoxville, Tenn. (+4)
39. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich. (-17)
40. Nashville, Tenn. (+15)
41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+24)
42. Des Moines/Ames, Iowa (-13)
43. Salisbury, Md. (+46)
44. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-23)
45. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (-22)
46. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (-20)
47. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (-17)
48. Salt Lake City (-8)
49. Charleston/Huntington, W.Va. (-13)
50. West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce, Fla. (+6)
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- Obama promised relief to homeowners who are trapped in high rate loans by banks. If a homeowner is current on their current high interest loan payment, they can not be turned down for a lower interest rate loan that reduces their monthly payment.
- Obama will cut closing costs for loan refinancing on FHA loans to make refinancing affordable. The average borrower will save at least $1000 a year in fee’s and charges, in addition to saving about half of the closing costs on the new loan.
- Obama waives appraisal value as a criteria for refinancing a high rate loan. In other words, your bank can no longer use an appraisal against you…no matter how much you owe on your current loan.
- Obama promises to compensate all US Servicemen and Veterans who were foreclosed upon during their tour of duty. All Veterans who attempted to refinance their home to avoid foreclosure, and were turned away by their lender…are entitled to full compensation for all penalites, fee’s and losses.
We applaude this action and feel that it is long overdue. This is exactly the type of change that Americans, and the housing market, need to avoid further personal and financial losses. There is no legimate reason for a bank, who received taxpayer handouts, to turn down a borrower who wants to benefit from low Fed bank rates. If a borrower is able to afford a $1500 house payments at a 10% interest rate, then why would a lender turn them down for a loan payment of a $1000 per month at 4.5%? The only answer is a unfortunately a common one…GREED. Banks are closing ranks to protect their 10% rate of return from dropping to 4.5%, even though the Fed’s (ie:taxpayers) are giving them the money for nothing.
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What is the MLS?
What are the Benefits of advertising on the MLS
What is all the “Hype” of the MLS
What Should You Consider?
What is the MLS?
The Multiple Listing Service is a database of homes and property that are for sale. The MLS is operated by the local Board of Realtors®. The MLS is the resource agents use to find homes for their buyers or advertise their home listings to other agents. MLS listings include detailed information about the property. In addition to selling price and address, an MLS listing generally includes number of rooms, size of rooms, interior and exterior features, lot size, local school district, property taxes, association dues, directions to the property and comments. Most also include photo’s of the home and a lockbox. At the sellers discretion, most MLS listings can also be upgraded for a fee to include additional photos or virtual video tours.
To MLS or Not To MLS; Separating Fact from Hype
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a powerful tool for real estate agents and home sellers. It allows seller’s and agent’s to cross-sell all properties in a given market, which greatly expands the sales force of all the properties for sale. The Internet has expanded the power of the MLS by providing information in real time to not only agents, but to home buyers and home sellers alike through its www.Realtor.com website. The MLS and Realtor,com it is looked at by thousands of real estate agents who may have a buyer for your property and individual home buyers searching the Internet.
Note: In addition to Realtor.com, properties listed on the MLS also appear on other major real estate search engines like Zillow, Homes.com, Military.com, Trulia.com, Yahoo, Google and a host of others.
Benefits of MLS Advertising:
There is only one very significant benefit to having your home listed on the MLS…EXPOSURE! The fact that your home is for sale will now be known by anyone searching the Internet. Additionally, hundreds, if not thousands of real estate agents in your market will also know about your property. To fully benefit from this exposure, you need to be willing to “co-op” with a real estate agent, if they bring a buyer whose contract terms are acceptable to you. “Co-op” means that you agree to compensate the buyer’s real estate agent at the closing of your property. Typically, a buyer’s agent will earn between 2%-3% of the sales price of the home. If you are willing to “co-op” with a buyer’s agent, you should indicate this clearly in your Internet and classified advertising, and on your brochures.
To list your home on the MLS, you will need to contract with a real estate listing agent that is a member of your local real estate board. If your interest is purely to have your home listed on the MLS; you can contract with a new type of Broker who charges a one-time fee to cover the cost of them listing your home in the MLS and allows you to act as your own listing agent.
The flat-fee MLS listing concept is fairly new and not all agents will be anxious to provide this service, as they are in the full service real estate listing business. To learn more about using a flat-fee MLS service, visit websites like http://www.why6percent.com
In many areas of the United States, when a home appears on the local MLS, it will also appear on aggregator websites like MSN Home Advisor, Yahoo Real Estate, Realtor.com, Zillow.com and local state and broker websites. Many of the MLS Boards send their inventory directly to these websites to enable even more exposure for the homeowner.
In today’s transient society, thousands of people use the internet to search for homes far in advance of their relocation. Many people supply the list of properties that interest them to their agent, so the agent can set up showing appointments. When a buyer is relocating to a new area, time is limited and critical. This means the buyer’s agent becomes a critical part of relocation effort. Therefore, the MLS can be key to exposing your home to people relocating to your area.
What is the Hype of an MLS listing?
1) Your house will never sell if it is NOT listed on the MLS…False.
Your house may sell more quickly or for more money because of the tremendous exposure we discussed above, but your home can sell with or without the MLS.
2) Buyers will never find your home if it is NOT listed on the MLS…False.
According to the National Assn. of Realtors data, 60% of all home sales occur because of the sign in the yard. Newsletters, directional signs, open houses, classified advertising and InfoTubes or InfoBoxes, filled with attractive home information flyers, will also help you find a buyer for your home.
3) Real estate agents will not bring a buyer to you if you are NOT on theMLS… False.
If an agent has an interested buyer and you indicate you are willing to pay them a commission, they have no reason to boycott your property. If they do, they risk that the buyer contacts you directly and they don’t make a dime.
The MLS has proven value and is certainly a wonderful way to expand your advertising reach. If your goal is to make local agents aware that your home is for sale and reach the millions of buyers searching for homes on major real estate websites. Keep in mind that you will need to pay a commission to a buyer agent at closing, if they bring you an offer that you accept.
If you decide to place your home on the MLS, consider it as a part of your overall marketing strategy and not a replacement for your advertising program. Properly understood, the MLS can be another excellent part of your home selling process.
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When the real estate bubble burst in 2007, I predicted that we would likely see large, single family, suburban mansions carved up and repurposed into multi-family housing. Well, time and a prolonged recession have proven the idea viable.
The USA went through the same type of evolution, in reverse, with intercity housing. Vacant, large urban, single family mansions where carved up into apartments, efficiencies and co-ops, after the mass exodus to the suburbs in the 1950′s. Now, its the McMansions, gated communities and long commutes that are out of vogue.
Families are returning back to life in the inner city. They are buying multi-family homes and converting them back into single family residences. The concept of highest and best use…has come full circle.
Check out this short video to see the latest change in student housing in decades. A bad housing market has created some luxury digs for college co-eds out in the ‘burbs”.
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What a ship….no wonder ‘Made in China ‘ is displacing North American made goods big time.
This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just 5 days!! This is one of three ships presently in service, with another two ships commissioned to be completed in 2012.
These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get all their goods and stuff from China . They hold an incredible 15,000 containers and have a 207 foot deck beam!! The full crew is just 13 people on a ship longer than a US Aircraft Carrier (which has a crew of 5,000. With it’s 207′ beam it is too big to fit through the Panama or Suez Canals .
It is strictly transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots.
The goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on a China -to- California run. 91% of Walmart products are made in China . So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods.
The ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then welded.
The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane rigs that can operate simultaneously unloading the entire ship in less than two hours.
Cost for this container ship…$146,000,000
A recent documentary in late March, 2010 on the History Channel noted that all of these containers are shipped back to China , EMPTY.
Yep, that’s right. We send nothing back on these ships. What does that tell you about
the current financial state of this country? Let’s all just keep buying those imported goods (mostly, cheap nothing gadgets) until we run out of money, jobs, homes or all of the above.
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