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    Monday, May 28, 2018   /   by Carl Gentile

    Real Estate Investing 101: Episode One - Analyzing the Deal

    Making your first real estate investment can be a very stressful time. You worked long and hard to raise the extra money you are looking to invest and you have never done this before so things feel a bit skeptical. It is so important when looking to make the leap into real estate investing that you know what you are getting into and know exactly what your purpose and goals of doing so are. Real estate investing can be without a doubt, one of the top investment strategies to lead you to that 7 digit lifestyle and more, but it can also be a lot of work and sleepless nights, so make sure to fully underwrite and learn how to analyze a deal. This is part one of many with Carl Gentile on how to analyze a real estate investment opportunity and make your money work for you.

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    Sunday, May 27, 2018   /   by Carl Gentile

    Real Estate Tops Best Investment Pool for 5th Year Running

    Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 5th Year Running
    Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds.
    For the fifth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment!
    This year’s results showed that 34% of Americans chose real estate, followed by stocks at 26%. The full results are shown in the chart below.

    The study makes it a point to draw attention to the contrast in the sentiment over the last five years compared to that of 2011-2012, when gold took the top slot with 34% of the votes. Real estate and stocks took second and third place, respectively, while still in recovery from the Great Recession.
    Bottom Line
    As the real estate market has recovered, so has the belief of the American people in the stability of housing as a long-term investment.

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    Wednesday, May 23, 2018   /   by Carl Gentile

    Why Have Interest Rates Jumped to a 7-Year High?

    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have climbed from 3.95% in the first week of January up to 4.61% last week, which marks a 7-year high according to Freddie Mac. The current pace of acceleration has been fueled by many factors.
    Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, had this to say:

    “Healthy consumer spending and higher commodity prices spooked bond markets and led to higher mortgage rates over the past week.
    Not only are buyers facing higher borrowing costs, gas prices are currently at four-year highs just as we enter the important peak home sales season.”

    But what do gas prices have to do with interest rates?
    Investopedia explains the relationship like this:

    “The price of oil and inflation are often seen as being connected in a cause-and-effect relationship. As oil prices move up or down, inflation follows in the same direction.”

    You may have noticed that f ...

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    Monday, May 14, 2018   /   by Carl Gentile

    What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy A Home

    What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy a Home?
    We recently shared that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market.
    As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price, but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.
    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 5.2% over the next 12 months.
    What Does This Mean as a Buyer?
    If home prices appreciate by 5.2% over the next twelve months as predic ...

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