what if renters dont want to rent

It’s been a great time for landlords and real estate investors. Rents across the country have been soaring; in fact, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, in most U.S. counties it’s actually cheaper to own a three-bedroom house than to rent a three-bedroom apartment.The other side...

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The Real Case for Big Houses

We all have a certain fascination with big houses. Vanity Fair recently profiled Belvoir Castle, the hereditary estate of the Dukes of Rutland. It’s a humble 356-room home nestled on 16,000 acres in the English countryside.In the United States, our definition of “big” tends to...

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Fannie Mae

The great assumption of real estate financing is that it’s liquid and frictionless—that U.S. mortgages can be bought and sold worldwide with the speed and ease of stocks and bonds. If it’s true that mortgages really are liquid, then it’s also true that cheap financing...

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When Will Home Prices Break the Bank?

If you’re a property owner, you have to love the real estate market. Median existing-home prices reached $247,000 in October, up 5.5% in a year, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). On average, current real estate owners have made about $1,100 a month...

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Should FHA Mortgage Insurance Continue Forever?

There’s a strange debate emerging in Washington: What should we do about Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance? The question isn’t whether it’s good or bad, but how long it should continue. In the balance are publicity points and image but—oddly enough—very little money.Since it...

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