RHJ Investor

RHJ Investor is the department of Rental Housing Journal that speaks specifically to the interests and needs of real estate investors and apartment owners. Whether you're part or a REIT (real estate investment trust) , independently own large apartment communities, are a small landlord with 1 or 2 rental homes or choose to fix and flip, RHJ Investor is a great source for information. This site features how-tos and best practices for buying and selling property, real estate taxes, choosing property management and maintenance vendors, 1031 excahnges & TICs, apartment financing, budgeting and much more.

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Fri
22
Jul
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REI2DAY: What the kitchen faucet taught me about how to keep great tenants

What the kitchen faucet taught me about how to keep great tenants

California City Attempting Warrantless Snooping on Rental Property

 

A new federal lawsuit says the California city of Highland is violating the Fourth Amendment rights of landlords and tenants by subjecting them to unjustified & warrantless open-ended searches of their property by city inspectors without complaints or evidence of wrongdoing.  The lawsuit was filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) on behalf of local landlord Karl Trautwein and his tenants. The PLF said that the city is “attempting to bully property owners and tenants into allowing inspectors in without a warrant.”  Click here to read more

 

 

Many Cities Don’t Think Renters Have Fourth Amendment Rights

 

Fri
15
Jul
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REI2DAY: Brexit, GOP and Pokemon

The Fix Crowdfunding Act

 

As many of you may or may not know, the Fix Crowdfunding Act just passed through the House and is now moving on to the Senate. This may seem strange considering Title III crowdfunding revisions were just made active in May, but, if you know anything about the nuances of crowdfunding, you know it can still be improved. Today, let’s look at what the Fix Crowdfunding Act looks to correct.  Click here to read more.

 

 

Brexit Unlikely to Roil U.S. Real Estate Sector

 

Tue
12
Jul
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How In The World Are You Going To Get A Good Tenant?

How are you going to get a good tenant?

Kevin Guz is a veteran real estate investor and in this blog talks about the fear of getting a good tenant and how it almost kept him from becoming a real estate investor.

By Kevin Guz

When I look back at my first rental property purchase more than 10 years ago, I am amazed at my good fortune.

Because there were plenty of times, as a part-time real estate investor with a full-time career outside of real estate, I tried to talk myself out of that first purchase.

Kevin Guz on finding a tenant

Kevin Guz

 And there were others who also tried to talk me out of it.

Obviously, I didn't listen. We made that purchase, and we still hold that property today. And, we have been purchasing rental properties ever since and have yet to sell a rental property.

Fri
08
Jul
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REI2DAY: Bargains, Crowdfunding and Hot Millenial Markets

Home Prices Up 5.9% in May

 

Corelogic has released their Home Price Index and HPI Forecast for May 2016 showing that home prices are up 5.9%, year over year (which includes distressed sales) as well as increasing 1.3% month over month.  In addition,  CoreLogic’s HPI Forecast predicts that home prices will increase by 5.3% on a year-over-year basis from May 2016 to May 2017, and on a month-over-month basis by 0.8%.  Click here to read more.

 

 

Best Bargain Beach Towns for Summer 2016

 

Tue
05
Jul
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Top 15 Bargain Beach Towns Of 2016

Top 15 bargain beach towns

A new special report ranking the best bargain beach towns for real estate investors for summer 2016 has been released by RealtyTrac.com and ranks Florence, Oregon No. 9 and Fort Bragg, California No. 11.

The list in the report was based on median home prices. Plus, average summer temperatures, air quality and density of registered criminal offenders.

For the report RealtyTrac.com analyzed more than 1,400 cities in coastal counties as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The list was narrowed all the way down to the top ranking bargain ocean town in each of the 15 states with a city matching the final criteria for a bargain ocean town – see the  full methodology below.

Fri
17
Jun
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REI2Day: Foreclosures Down, 6.8 Million Homes At Risk, America's Favorite States

REI2Day: Foreclosures Down, 6.8 Million Homes At Risk, America's Favorite States

Foreclosure Inventory Down 23.4% From 2015

 

This week data powerhouse CoreLogic released their April 2016 National Foreclosure Report showing that nationwide foreclosure inventory declined by 23.4% with completed foreclosures declining by 15.8%, compared with April 2015.  The actual number of completed foreclosures decreased from 43k in April 2015 to 37k in April 2016 – representing a 68.9% decrease from its peak of 117,813 in September 2010.  In addition, the nationwide foreclosure inventory was approximately 406k homes (1.1% of all home with a mortgage and the lowest since 9/07) compared to 530k in April 2015.  Click here to read more.

 

 

6.8 Million Homes at Risk of Hurricane Storm Surge Damage

Tue
14
Jun
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12 Investing Trends In Residential Real Estate

12 Investing trends in residential real estate

Residential real estate investing is growing and becoming a lucrative business for many people, especially in the single-family home investing area as everyone from the small investor to the large investor can find ways to fit their business models into this space.

By Larry Arth

Recently I was honored to be a moderator on a panel at a three-day event on single-family home investing attended by the Who’s Who of real estate investing.

 In fact I had the privilege of meeting some of you readers there. 

12 residential real estate investing trends blog by Larry Arth

Larry Arth

Attendees were everyone from small mom and pop investors, to large investors owning hundreds of properties to institutional investors who hold thousands of units in their portfolios. 

Fri
10
Jun
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REI2Day: CFPB, 55+ Properties, Zillow Settles Lawsuit

REI2Day: CFPB, 55+ Properties, Zillow Settles Lawsuit

Growing Momentum in Congress to Reform CFPB

 

This week HousingWire reported that there is growing momentum in Congress to replace the leadership structure of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Specifically, the bureau’s director Richard Cordray is under fire from members of Congress for the amount of power he yields versus Congressional oversight.  The CFPB was created under the now-infamous Dodd-Frank legislation.  Click here to read more.

 

 

17 States Reach Home Price Highs

 

Tue
07
Jun
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8 Ways To Invest Capital To Make Older Apartments Sparkle

8 ways to make older apartments sparkle

This question to Dear Monty prompted him to list 8 ways that can mean happier tenants, lower turnover rates and higher rents for incoming tenants if you choose the right tips to make your apartments sparkle.

 

 

 

 

 

8 ways to make older apartments sparkle blog by Richard Montgomery

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By Richard Montgomery

Fri
03
Jun
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REI2Day: All Time High Occupancy, Lot Shortage, Flips Up

REI2Day: All Time High Occupancy, Lot Shortage, Flips Up

Lot Shortage Affects Builders

 

Last week’s infographic showed how the price of land has risen over the last 40 years in various regions across the country.  Now, switching gears we learned from the NAHB’s Eye on Housing that lot shortages hit a record high in May with 64% of builders reporting that the supply was low/very low in their market.  This number is 62% higher than last year and the highest since the NAHB began collecting data in 1997.  Click here to read more.

 

 

Apartment Occupancy at 96%, Rents at All-Time High

 

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