Training & Education: Housing Planning and Retirement

One of the most complicated aspects of retirement is planning how and where to live. In the past, many people simply focused on building as much equity in their home as possible so that the home could be sold to finance a move in retirement. However, in today’s real estate market, this traditional plan is often no longer viable. With Read full article »

Training & Education: 3 Tips for Taking Good Pictures for Listings

When you list a home for sale, including pictures is vitally important. Most potential buyers will not bother to investigate a property for sale if they cannot at least get a first look via the listing. However, including the wrong pictures in a listing can scare off buyers just as quickly as not including any pictures at all, so make Read full article »

Market News: Stock Market Indicates December Jobs Report “Not Good Enough”

Most people were pretty excited to hear about the December jobs report from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. After all, in December 2011 the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly three years (8.5 percent) and 200,000 new jobs were added to the market place. PNC Financial Services economist Stuart Hoffman actually called the report a “trifecta Read full article »

Biggest Down Payments in the Country Found in New Jersey

According to LendingTree, the national average down payment on a home today is 12.29 percent. However, in New Jersey borrowers are putting down nearly 1.5 percent more than that, making down payments in New Jersey the highest in the country at 13.76 percent. The state is followed closely by Washington, D.C. with 13. 54 percent, New York with 13.51 percent, Read full article »

Cold, Hard Numbers: 0

0: Amount that Freddie Mac is factoring in credit score for refinancing. In early January the GSE announced that it would eliminate the minimum credit score requirement for borrowers wanting to refinance (it used to require a minimum score of 620). However, Freddie is still requiring at least 20 percent equity in the home. Fannie Mae recently removed the requirement Read full article »

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The Politics of Real Estate

Few industries are as profoundly impacted by the political machinations in Washington as the real estate industry. Whether it's old legislation like Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act or Barack Obama's massive mortgage bailouts, the U.S. political machine has a huge impact (usually bad) on the business of real estate.

Ideally, we could ignore politics. But here at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter, we insist on seeing the world with clarity - including the reality of Washington's aggressive involvement in every facet of our business, from mortgage lending to real estate sales license; from loan modification regulations to appraisal requirements... every piece of our business is profoundly impacted by politics. So rather than stick our heads in the sand and ignore reality, readers of the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter choose to be informed and prepared.

About Bryan Ellis

Bryan Ellis is an Atlanta-based real estate analyst and publisher of the widely read newsletter "The Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter". With over 200,000 subscribers - including real estate investors, agents, brokers, appraisers and other real estate professionals - the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter is among America's largest sources of unbiased coverage of politics and public policy for the real estate industry.

Bryan Ellis serves as editor in chief for the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter and is assisted by an extraordinary staff of writers, researchers and editors who are each real estate experts in their own right and who assure that the news we report is well researched, factual, and highly relevant to today's real estate industry.

Bryan is very happily married and has two wonderful daughters. He makes his home in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. You can contact the team at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter here.