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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Tue
16
Aug
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Cash Flow Investing Today Or Bigger Bucks Later?

Investing for cash flow now or long-term appreciation is something real estate investors need to figure out

Cash flow today or bigger bucks later is really about how to choose the real estate investing style that fits you and your goals. You may have always wanted to get started in real estate investing, even while you have a full-time job today, but are not sure where to start. Or, you may be a veteran investor and thinking about a change in strategy. Here are some thoughts to help. 

By Larry Arth

With all the opportunities in real estate investing today there are many different styles.

From the seasoned investors like Warren Buffett, to the new Wall Street investors, the individual mom and pop investors and now even the new beginners. New first time investors make up about 50 percent of all real estate investors today.

With so many different investors there are obviously many different investing styles, so how do you choose?

Fri
05
Aug
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REI2DAY: The Best & Worst Cities for Renters & More

REI2DAY: The Best & Worst Cities for Renters  & More

The Best & Worst Cities for Renters

We’ve seen some pretty interesting data from personal saving and comparison website WalletHub.  Recently they analyzed & ranked 150 of America’s largest cities for their rental attractiveness and quality of life to come up with the Best & Worst Cities for Renters.  They utilized 15 key metrics ranging from historical rental-price changes, cost of living and jobs availability drawn from a variety of public & private data resources.  Click here to read more.

 

Are Real Estate Buying Habits linked to Social Media Behavior?

Fri
29
Jul
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REI2DAY: Cities To Invest On a Budget & More

REI2DAY: Cities To Invest On a Budget & More

Several States to Hold Sales-Tax Holidays for Back-to-School

Bankrate.com is reporting that seventeen states are planning to hold sales-tax holidays for the back-to-school season starting as early as this week.  Most tax-free items are clothing and school supplies however some states include school-related purchases such as computers and other accessories.  The rules vary from state to state as do the dates – with the soonest starting July 29th and the last one finishing on August 20th.  Click here to read more.

 

Best Cities to Invest in Real Estate on a Budget?

Tue
26
Jul
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Why Labor Force Shortage Ahead Is Great News For Housing

Why coming labor shortages will be good for housing

A surge in retirees,or people turning 65, will slow the growth of workers in the US in the coming years, according to a new study from John Burns Real Estate Consulting. This labor force shortage will impact the number of new jobs available as well as the salaries companies will have to pay in the future for workers is good news for housing.

By Chris Porter, Chief Demographer

John Burns Real Estate Consulting

In 2000, 2 million people turned 65, then in 2016, 3.5 million did, and by 2021 this will rise to 4.0 million. Even with a higher than usual rate of retiree-aged people working, US economic growth will almost certainly remain slow.

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

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