Should You Buy or Rent: What the research indicates

Should people buy or rent in today’s market, what is the current condition of the U.S. housing market,  how affordable are homes today, is the market turning around or are we headed for another dip? If you are a consumer (buyer, seller, renter or landlord), the information contained within … [Read more...]

Even the Naysayers Say Now Is the Time to Buy

Business School professors Eli Beracha of East Carolina University and Ken H. Johnson of Florida International University have done extensive research on which makes more sense financially: to rent or own a home. They published, Lessons from Over 30 Years of Buy versus Rent Decisions: Is the … [Read more...]

Understanding the impact of a Shadow inventory

What is shadow inventory? It is an inventory of houses that will come to market as distressed properties at discounted prices. Each of the data companies define shadow inventory in slightly different ways. Standard & Poors defines it this way: “We include in the shadow inventory all … [Read more...]

Finding the best real estate agent for you

Finding the right real estate professional requires doing a little research and asking a few questions. You need to know everything about the selling process. What is the marketing strategy? What kind of advertising will be done? Is the realtor capable and willing to communicate effectively? Can the … [Read more...]

How to make money in real estate investing

Lower Your Taxes Tax incentives for real estate investors can often make the difference in your tax rates. Deductions for rental property can often be used to offset wage income. Tax breaks can often enable investors to turn a loss into a profit. For which items can investors get tax breaks? … [Read more...]