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Strong June jobs report, but housing affordability remains an issue

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Jul 12, 2019

More than 200,000 people were added to nonfarm payrolls and hourly wages ticked up slightly in June, according to the Department of Labor jobs report for the month.

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Topics: Real Estate Trends

Understanding Economic Cycles for Real Estate Investing

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Jun 5, 2019

Experienced real estate investors often come to believe they have a solid understanding of economic cycles — and that they know where they are in the present cycle. You see this as they share thoughts and experiences to explain what made their last deal perform well or bottom out, as well as when they predict their next successful deal. But the truth is a little different: there’s a dynamic quality to real estate and economic cycles, and no one can predict them well enough to perfectly time their next sale or purchase.

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Topics: Real Estate Trends

Is the Real Estate Market Ready For an Adjustment in 2019?

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Jun 3, 2019

April home sales continued a theme that is slowly beginning to shake confidence in the real estate market. For the month, home sales were down 4.4 percent, according to reports, making it the 14th consecutive month with a decline — the longest streak without any gains since the housing collapse that triggered The Great Recession of 2008.

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Topics: Real Estate Investing Tips

How to Find a Profitable Real Estate Investment Deal

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Apr 25, 2019

When dealing with real estate, it can sometimes be hard to see the line in the sand between deals that will be profitable and deals that leave you wishing you hadn’t gotten involved, even though things looked good on the surface. 

We’ve come up with a few tips on how to find good and profitable deals to invest in.

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Topics: Real Estate Investing Tips

How to Analyze a Multifamily Real Estate Investment

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Apr 1, 2019

Have you set your sights on investing in multifamily real estate property? If so, before you dive in, you need to review property choices carefully and calculate your expected returns. Here’s how to do that and avoid an unnecessary gamble.

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Topics: Multi-Family Real Estate

2019 Interior Design Trends for Your Fix and Flip

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Apr 1, 2019

With Marie Kondo and her posse of people who are Tidying Up, interior design trends are seeing some changes in 2019. Sustainability and minimalism are very on trend, although maximalism is also making a comeback, but not in a hoarder’s sort of way. More is more when it comes to maximalism and, when done thoughtfully, can actually create a really lovely look. Timeless, classic pieces are still very in, but with a twist, adding a modern touch to antique looking furniture and decor.

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Topics: Fix And Flip Advice

Top 12 Markets For House Flippers In 2019

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Mar 19, 2019

When it comes to house flipping, the market waxes and wanes, just like everything else in the real estate world. At the beginning of 2019, the market was still fairly risky, but there are some places where house flipping can still be a lucrative endeavor. 

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Topics: Real Estate Trends

How Does the Increase in Federal Interest Rates Affect Hard Money Loans?

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Jan 22, 2019

According to a BizJournals article, “borrowing costs will continue to trend upwards in 2019 as the economy slows and the Federal Reserve raises interest rates accordingly…” so how do rising interest rates impact the hard money market?

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Topics: Real Estate Investing Tips

Do I Need an LLC for a Hard Money Loan?

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Jan 20, 2019

If you’re looking for a hard money loan to finance your next fix and flip project, you may want to consider establishing a limited liability company (LLC) first. Many hard money lenders require borrowers to have an LLC before they move forward with the loan for a few reasons...let’s take a look.

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Topics: Real Estate Investing Tips

Five Richest Virginia Counties with Big Flip Potential

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Jan 18, 2019

When it comes to big flip potential, there are dozens of cities to choose from, especially if you’ve got the funds to buy the homes that need a lot of TLC. A company called Smart Asset recently released a study of the 25 richest counties in America, all of which have big flip potential for savvy real estate investors.

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Topics: Real Estate Trends

Real Estate Investor Meetup: Finding Deals Through Wholesalers

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Jan 16, 2019

We're kicking off the new year with our first real estate investor meetup on Tuesday, January 29 in Fairfax, Virginia!

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Real Estate in 2019: What Investors Can Expect

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Jan 14, 2019

When 2018 began, real estate investors were looking forward to a prosperous year. And, in the beginning, they weren’t wrong: overall, the outlook was good, and several cities, such as Washington, DC, showed promise for significant growth. But as the market began to lose steam, they wondered what that would mean for 2019. What sort of trends should they be monitoring, and what can they expect? With 2019 upon us, let’s take a look at what investors should expect, and what they should be on the lookout for.

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Topics: Real Estate Trends

Is investing in Washington, DC profitable?

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Dec 12, 2018

Washington, DC is a unique area to live. The lifestyle, development restrictions, and “transportation infrastructure” have shaped who moves to the region and how many homes are being built.

But as more jobs are promised in the future, heads turn to Washington, DC for the next place to call home. As they do, real estate investors are perking up to see if investing in Washington, DC real estate can be profitable. Here’s why we argue it can be.

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Topics: Real Estate Investing Tips

Real Estate Investor Meetup - December 11, 2018

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Dec 5, 2018

We are hosting our final real estate investor meetup of the year and we want you to join us! This month's featured guest speaker is an experienced and trusted general contracting expert, as requested by previous attendees. Gary Jones will provide insights on working with general contractors and answer any questions you may have related to general contracting. 

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Topics: Real Estate Investing Tips

The Growth of Southwest DC and Why You Should Consider Investing

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Nov 29, 2018

Southwest DC, an area once perceived as an uninteresting and inferior part of town, has become a thriving neighborhood and a revered destination for visitors. As a recent BisNow article notes, people are flocking to this section of our nation’s capital for its entertainment, its rising food scene and lodging, not to mention a remarkable waterfront experience and the allure of one of Major League Soccer’s hottest teams. And now that Southwest DC has a legitimate “it” factor, the commercial real estate market there has seen significant changes. When years ago there was nothing of importance in the area, it is now seeing a demand for — and the development of — high-end hotels and high-rent apartments. So what’s the cause of the turnaround? What has turned this forgotten location into a commercial real estate investor’s dream?

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Topics: Real Estate Trends

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