Philip Panitz

Thanks to the new ObamaCare Medicaresurtax, real estate investors now have an additional reason to try to qualify as “real estate professionals”.   The 3.8% surtax, which  kicked in January 1, applies to  “investment” income—including rental income and capital gains– to the extent a couple has modified adjusted income above $250,000 or a [...]

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Low mortgage rates have made buying a home more affordable and turned rentals into an attractive option for investors.  Demand for rental housing is expected to remain strong.  “In this market, at this point, it’s a sweet spot,” says Chris Princis, a senior executive at financial advisory firm Brook-Hollow Financial and owner of two rental [...]

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Some Americans are embracing the investor role in real estate, hoping it will fund their future retirement.  First-time investors are taking the strategy of buying foreclosed homes at super low rates and turning them into rental properties to increase cash-flow now and hopefully later too.  To fund their purchase, these first-time investors are tapping retirement [...]

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By Howard Pankratz:The Denver Post

Vacancies in rental condos, single-family homes and other small properties across the Denver metro area rose slightly during the fourth quarter although the market remained tight with a rate of 2.1 percent, according to a report released today by the Colorado Division of Housing.

According to the report, which [...]

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DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

Rising rents are forcing renters to outspend home owners on housing costs, according to a new study.

Since 2005, home owners’ housing expenses have climbed from 31.9 percent of their household budget to 33.2 percent. On the other hand, in that same time period, renters’ expenses [...]

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Rental Market Posting Record Gains

On October 27, 2011 By

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

Apartment rents and occupancies are nearing record highs as demand increases, particularly among former home owners who have faced foreclosure and are now forced to rent than buy. Nationwide, 1.5 million new rental households are expected in 2011 — which would be a record number, according [...]

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Noel Neo, provided by: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The global economic recession of 2008 is often linked to the United States housing bubble and subprime mortgages. In the aftermath of the recession, there was much negative sentiment over the real estate sector and few were inclined to consider investments into the sector, in a positive sense.

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Denver Business Journal: Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 12:12pm MDT Denver ranks 10th in the nation for how much apartment rents have grown since the third quarter of last year, according to a report released Tuesday by RealPage Inc.

Between then and the third quarter of 2011, Denver rents grew by 5.7 percent, trailing Boston’s [...]

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DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

The days of flipping houses for big profits have all but vanished in many markets as more investors see bigger profits in rentals, according to an article by CNNMoney.

Investors flipped half of their purchases in July, which is down from 75 percent a year prior, [...]

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Six Mistakes Housing Investors Make

On September 13, 2011 By

Illustration by Scott Pollack By KAREN BLUMENTHAL

Traditional investments are delivering low returns, and home prices are at bargain levels. Is it time to consider buying some rental housing?

Investing in real estate right now can be surprisingly profitable, if everything goes well. Rents are climbing in many areas, and more properties may be [...]

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