THE STARBUCKS EFFECT.

Sometimes, all I can do is shake my head.

Did you hear about the report released by Quartz a while back that came to the conclusion that “Home values rise when a Starbucks location hits the neighborhood”?

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DEPRECIATION. An Imaginary Expense.

THIS ILLUSION IS ITS OWN MAGIC TRICK. NOW YOU SEE IT. NOW YOU DON’T!

Meet Jack.  Jack is an investor.  He has been doing this a while.  He likes rental properties and has a lot of them.  Continue reading

Pay Attention To Market Cycles. By Jen Hudson

COMMON SENSE IS A FLOWER THAT DOES NOT GROW IN EVERYONE’S GARDEN.

Do you ever feel like you are the only one drinking Diet Coke in a casino full of boozing people?

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New Tax Break Could Boost Sales in 2016. By Jen Hudson

Thanks to a tax break in FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act), foreign investors could double down on their US real estate frenzy in 2016.  How, you ask?… Continue reading

2016. TIME TO PLACE YOUR BETS. By Jen Hudson

Hello. It’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to see my predictions for 2016. (Thank you Adele.)Blurb - Predictions

Let’s call this prediction thing what it really is. Predictions are really observations of trends that are just beginning. Get ready to place your bets for 2016 based on new trends that are emerging in the market. Continue reading

And The Award Goes To… Miss Information. By Jen Hudson

Whoops, typo.  I mean misinformation.

There are a number of headlines out there that make it seem like rents are out of control.  Funny thing, it’s not like it sounds.  Let’s dig further into this whole rent thing.

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Myth Busters. Myth Buyers is More Like It! By Jen Hudson

Here’s a fun game.

You know how you hear people talking about increasing rental rates and then include numbers like 5% annual increases?  See, funny thing. There is a lot more to that story than meets the eye. Continue reading

“Be Strong”… I whispered to my wifi signal. by Jen Hudson

Investment real estate is one of the oldest and most inefficient Continue reading

A DIFFERENT KIND OF GREEN. By Jen Hudson

Last month we talked about green energy and ways to keep some “green” in your pocket.  This month, there is a different kind of “green.”  One that is transforming our real estate world, and one that you should be aware of. Continue reading

What is the Point of Title Insurance? By Jen Hudson

Title Insurance DisneyA question I hear frequently is “why do I need  title insurance?”

Well… as they say at the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland.. Hold onto your hats and glasses folks! Continue reading