Category Archives: Real Estate Investment

TRUMP’S TAX BILL – BONANZA FOR REAL ESTATE

President Donald Trump has touted his proposed tax bill as a benefit to all taxpayers, particularly the middle income class.  He has also unequivocally stated that his taxes will increase as a result of the new tax bill.   Taking … Continue reading

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THE TRUMP EFFECT

When I wrote this several months ago the Trump tax bill had not been written or passed. But, now it is a fait accompli.  To my great surprise the Congress wrote a tax bill that rewarded the rich and particularly … Continue reading

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PRIVATE REITS – GOOD OR BAD??

The Wall Street Journal issue of March 25, 2015 had an article describing the reduction of returns and plight facing private REITs (REITs that are not publicly traded).  This article prompted the question as to whether or not private REITs … Continue reading

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IS ANOTHER REAL ESTATE RECESSION COMING?

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week suggested an increase in foreign investment in U S real estate.  While much of the investment reportedly comes in the forms of financing for U S projects rather than direct ownership … Continue reading

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MUSINGS ON THE MARKET

In recent weeks there have been several unrelated news articles that, taken in the aggregate, paint a picture of what might be expected in the future. These stories are discussed below and are not in any order of reporting date … Continue reading

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ARE RISING INTEREST RATES THE ONLY REIT PROBLEM?

Much has been written recently about the decline in REIT share prices with most of the blame attributed to rising interest rates or the fear of rising interest rates. Some pundits see rising interest rates as a problem while some … Continue reading

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A MARKET UPDATE

In the last couple of weeks there were four different, yet related, public discussions (TV or print media), on the current real estate market that were very interesting. The first discussion covered the re-emergence of the “competitive buying” phenomena that … Continue reading

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REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS GET BLAMED

The New York Times Business Section of October 13, 2012 contained an article by Shalia Dewan entitled “Which House is Worth More?” The article is timely and interesting in that it highlights perceived problems of home sales facing the real … Continue reading

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SALES COMPARISON APPROACH IN REAL ESTATE VALUATION

REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL ISSUES ** THE SALES COMPARISON APPROACH TO VALUE SINCE THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED IN 2009 IT HAS RECEIVED MORE “HITS” THAN ANY OTHER POST.  WHAT IS A BIT SURPRISING IS THE FACT THAT THERE HAVE NOT BEEN … Continue reading

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EQUITY RESIDENTIAL TAKES UNNECESSARY HEAT

There was an interesting article in the WSJ on August  first describing the actions of housing activists in East Palo Alto, CA. It seems that the activists are very annoyed at Equity Residential, the REIT owners of a major apartment … Continue reading

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