BREXIT. How Forces Influence Housing.

In case you missed it… recently the UK voted to Brexit from the EU.

BACK-UP.

This month’s read is less about the British withdrawal from the European Union and more about how world markets may or may not influence our local housing here at home in ‘Murica. Continue reading

An Obvious Defense, Overlooked By Many.  By Jen Hudson

Note: The names have not been changed, as neither party is innocent.

Terry and Diane Visser lived in Blaine, Washington and had a habit of buying homes as investment properties.  They bought one of these “fixer-uppers” as an investment back in 2005.

After acquiring the property and beginning their renovations, they realized Continue reading

A Crazy Little Thing Called… FIRPTA. By Jen Hudson

You’re telling me there is a chance that the buyer pays the seller’s taxes???  How is that???  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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“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

Where is the Market? Hiding in Plain Sight. By Jen Hudson

This week I was down in Seattle looking at property for investors.  I know we’ve all seen them: the cranes.  The cranes downtown seem to keep working on more and more apartments, condos, and mixed use developments.  Those cranes have been around so long, you may not even notice them anymore.

It looks like there is an endless supply of apartment units coming soon. Apartment construction in top markets across the country has surpassed a 24-year historical average.

With all these apartments, you might not notice that Continue reading

Beyond the E-tail Era by Jennifer Norbut

Beyond the E-tail Era
New factors are shaping retail’s next phase.
by Jennifer Norbut

The sharp rise in e-tailing and its game-changing impact has created a new normal in the retail real estate sector. Major national retailers are evolving their strategies in an effort to “survive and thrive” in this new market dynamic. “The good news is that even though Apple, Netflix, Amazon, eBay, and other online giants killed record stores and video rental shops and are in the process of doing the same to electronics and bookstore big boxes, e-commerce will never replace the brick-and-mortar shopping experience,” says Sean Glickman, CCIM, managing director of Glickman Retail Group in Maitland, Fla. Continue reading

The Economist Who Predicted the Financial Crisis

The economist who predicted the financial crisis just sounded another alarm—it would be wise to listen this time

By Manuel Hinds September 22, 2013

Manuel Hinds is El Salvador’s former finance minister. He also has worked with the World Bank in the public and private sector. In 2010, he won the Manhattan Institute’s Hayek Prize.

Raghuram Rajan, left, was not afraid to take on Alan Greenspan. And now, he’s sounding another clarion call as India’s new central banker. Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

In his first official act as the new governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Raghuram Rajan raised the benchmark interest rate from 7.25 to 7.5%, causing a ripple of surprise in financial circles and eliciting protests from various business representatives. But for people who know the current condition of emerging markets and Rajan’s professional trajectory, this was not surprising, at all.

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