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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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

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

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

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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When the Walls are Closing In (based on a true story). By Jen Hudson.

You know when you run across those feel good moments and you realize why you’re really doing something? Recently, I had one of those moments again, and it made my day.

A couple months ago, I had a client call me.  To protect the innocent, let’s call him Joe.  The walls were closing in on him, and he had just gotten Continue reading

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