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Weekly Round Up - Real Estate Links We Love - July 15

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Jul 15, 2018 8:19:08 AM

Our weekly round up of real estate links we love...


Student loan debt, wealth divide are harming millennials’ homeownership dreams

Millennial homeownership is growing. People age 37 and younger made up the largest share of homebuyers in 2017 at 36 percent, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. For 65 percent of those buyers, it was their first home. But for many millennials in the D.C. area, there are a number of barriers holding back their homebuying process, such as student loan debt, an inability to make the down payment, and overall affordability issues in an increasingly expensive housing market...read full story here

The effects of low inventory

In many places around the country, the inventory for resale homes continues to be very low in comparison to demand. The result has been accelerating prices particularly in the lower and middle price points. But accelerating prices are not the only factors that have made this market the most unique we have seen in many years. Aside from the usual supply and demand issues, low inventory has created several other situations that have affected home sales...read full story here

Real estate report: Home-improvement pace beginning to slow down

Home renovation continues to roar across the nation, though at a softer level than the past few years. According to an annual survey by the home-renovation website Houzz, 51 percent of the 150,000 people who responded plan to begin or continue home renovations this year. Homeowners expect to spend a median of $10,000 on their renovations, less than the $15,000 they spent in each of the previous three years, according to the survey...read full story here


How to Choose Your First Real Estate Crowdfunding Investment

Real estate could be a safe bet if you’re worried about a bear market setting in. If you don’t want the hassle of owning an investment property directly, crowdfunding may be the answer...read full story here

Real Estate May Be a Safe Haven in a Bear Market

Is a bear market on the way? That’s the question experts and investors alike have been debating for months. Given the cyclical nature of the market, it’s unrealistic to expect the current bull market to continue its run forever. What’s uncertain is when the bear will dig in its claws. Hindsight is 20/20 but foresight is just as important and the investments you make now could pay off once a bear market hits. With stocks treading the path of volatility and bond yields looking dismal in the current rate environment, real estate jumps to the forefront...read full story here

What Investors Get Wrong About Property Flipping Projects

In more than 15 years as a real estate agent, broker and investor, I've learned a lot. Some of the most important lessons have come out of making mistakes, my very clearly biggest mistake in particular: In 2006, I decided to flip a house completely by myself...read full story here


'White-boxing' is the hot new real estate strategy

Home-staging is often used to sell a home, but on the other end of the spectrum is "white-boxing." What is this selling strategy and does it actually work? Read full story here

4 Seasons of Home Ownership: Summer

today's homeowner seasons of homeownership summer infographic

Today’s Homeowner’s 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is a curated collection of how-to videos, articles and tips to keep your home running smoothly throughout the year. The summer checklist focuses mainly on the exterior of the house, paying close attention to the siding and trim, fencing and gates, outdoor furniture and grill, driveway and sidewalks...read full story here

7 Insider Tips for Finding a Contractor When Everyone Is Racing to Renovate Their Homes

When we moved into our two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow in 2016, we already knew it was too small. Specifically, we knew the one-bathroom situation would never work for us; we're a two-bathroom kind of family. So, before we even signed the closing papers, we made a plan: We'll add a second bathroom within the year...read full story here

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