Weekly Round Up - Real Estate Links We Love - July 29

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Jul 29, 2018

Our weekly round up of real estate links we love…

REAL ESTATE NEWS

Baltimore Leads Nation In Distressed Home Sales

Distressed home sales, including foreclosures and short sales, hit an 11-year low nationwide in the second quarter, but two Maryland cities are among those left behind.

In Baltimore, 20.7 percent of home sales in the second quarter were distressed sales, the highest percentage in the nation among cities with a metropolitan area population of 1 million or more...read full story here

Red Flags That Indicate A Real Estate Market Crash

The housing market is hot. Prices are up, inventory is down, and the market is active. Many people are starting to become cautious of a “real estate bubble.” The past has revealed many red flags which would indicate a real estate market may very well crash...read full story here

Half of U.S. homes are now more valuable than before the real-estate bubble burst

There’s a split emerging in the U.S. housing market: Some are becoming more valuable than ever, while others struggle to emerge from the financial crisis. More than half of the homes nationwide are now more valuable than their pre-recession peaks, according a report released Thursday by real-estate website Zillow. The national median home value is now $217,300, an increase of 8.3% on the year and 8.4% above the bubble-era peak. In 21 of the nation’s 35 largest markets, the median home value is now at an all-time high...read full story here


REAL ESTATE INVESTING ADVICE

Six Exclusive Benefits of Investing in Real Estate

There’s nothing wrong with taking the traditional route in investment options, like stocks, bonds or mutual funds as they typically deliver a return of 5-7%, which is better than nothing. At the same time, the investor doesn’t have much control over what happens in the stock market — success there is often determined by your reaction...read full story here

Want to Flip a House? Read This First.

We’ve all seen those TV shows in which a house flipper buys a neglected house, slaps some fresh paint on the walls, stages it like a boss, then flips it back on the market, where it sells at lightning speed and the flipper is tens of thousands of dollars richer for all his or her cleverness. Maybe ― just maybe ― those shows should carry a disclaimer for the audience: “Don’t try this at home.” House flipping ― in which you buy a house, fix it up and resell it quickly ― isn’t an easy-money highway. And you really do need to know what you are doing...read full story here


Expert Advice on Investing in Vacant Land

Investors looking for creative ways to maximize returns in a competitive, hot-selling real estate market may be interested in buying vacant land, which has the potential to create outsized returns when held or improved...read full story here

HOME IMPROVEMENT TIPS

8 Easy Ways to Revamp Your Kitchen

Kitchens see a lot of action, so they need some love and care in order to stay in good shape. And one way to do that is through small updates, which will not only improve your day-to-day experience at home but can also deliver great return on investment. We spoke with a couple of industry experts to mine a few tricks of the trade and insight on what to focus on when considering kitchen updates...read full story here

Survey says: A/C helps pump up housing prices

Perhaps no surprise here: Buyers are willing to spend more for the comforts of a cooler home. A new Zillow analysis finds that homes with air conditioning sold for 2.5 percent more than homes without it, which is a premium of nearly $5,500 for the typical U.S. home...read full story here

What to Look For in a Fixer-Upper: Signs the Home Isn’t a Money Pit

Renovating a fixer-upper is not for the faint of heart. It takes money, hard work, and patience. But if you're able to pull off a successful transformation, you'll reap the benefits...read full article here

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