The return of the prodigal single-family rentals

It’s no secret that inadequate inventories have been stunting the housing recovery. Through November, total housing inventory has fallen year-over-year for 18 straight months and supplies are now 11.4 percent lower than they were two years ago …

10 last-minute 2016 tax tips to save you money in 2017

Are you staring at a big income tax bill for 2016 because you had a great year, or are you looking at a refund because this year was lousy? Depending on the year you had, here are some savvy ways to get the most out of your taxes — provided you take a…

Podcast: How to build wealth today and into retirement

Regardless of your age, if you haven’t completely funded your retirement or you just want to be smarter about how you manage your money, this session is packed with extremely valuable insights …

What we learned from last week’s Fed rate hike

It’s a little early to call an interest-rate top. Maybe two or three or four years too early. However, looking back at the bond wreck since the election, it’s worth putting panic aside and to think for a minute or two …

How the aging US population impacts housing

As baby boomers have marched through history, they’ve changed many institutions along the way. Aging baby boomers are now changing the way we consider retirement, and the resulting impact on the housing market will be substantial …

How real estate agents can prep for tax season in 3 steps

By law I cannot give tax advice — nor should I, considering I refuse to use traditional accounting software or the various apps that are available for tracking business expenses. I use simple systems that take advantage of the data created when I spen…

10 things real estate agents should know about the Fed’s rate hike

The Federal Reserve raised rates at its December meeting by 0.25 percent. Here’s what you need to know about the event …

The Fed just hiked interest rates — what to expect

Today, the Fed met and decided to hike rates. What’s that mean for real estate agents and their buyer and seller clients …

Why Trump’s administration could mean better days for marginal buyers

For an administration sworn to diminish the role of government, housing is a good place to start. Changes in store on two fronts — privatization of Fannie and Freddie and repeal or major reform of Dodd-Frank regulations — will make it easier for mill…

The Fed will hike rates next week — then what?

Mortgage interest rates have stabilized, but any other financial stability at the moment is an illusion. Each new cabinet appointee and tweet flurry brings more understanding of policy ahead …