BEREL Travel Diaries: Aquatic Adventures in Vegas

When you think of Las Vegas, you probably think of a lot of wild things, including gambling, drinking, partying and a lot of nearly-naked, bejeweled ladies wearing feather headdresses. Then, if you’re like a lot of people, you think of the tab you’ll run up enjoying all the aforementioned revelries and you decide quietly, calmly, rationally and regretfully to stay Read full article »

What You Said: January 2-7, 2012

The New Year kicked off with some pretty exciting news in the real estate and investing sectors. Here’s what you had to say about some of our most-talked-about news coverage: RE: “Federal Reserve Recommends Expanding GSEs to Turn Housing Market Around” Summary: In a 26-page white paper submitted to legislators this week, the Federal Reserve recommended expanding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Read full article »

Training & Education: Low-Maintenance Landscaping

If you own multiple properties, then the last thing you probably want to spend your days off doing is landscaping. However, as a real estate investor, you know that curb appeal plays a major role in the salability of a property and you need to keep those homes looking sharp in order to attract both buyers and renters. Minimize the Read full article »

Market News: S&P Analyst Says Stock Market Will Indicate Election Outcome

If you want to know whether President Obama will win reelection this year, then watch the stock market, says Standard & Poor (S&P) analyst Sam Stovall. Stovall is citing an “election-prognostication technique” tracked since 1948 in which the performance of the S&P 500 Index between July 31 and October 31 in presidential election years appears to forecast the election results. Read full article »

Real Estate Scam of the Day: Real Estate Agent Steals Home from Parents

One Contra Costa real estate agent won’t be signing his name – or anyone else’s – on any titles anytime soon. His last transaction, which transferred the deed of his parents’ rental property to him, turned out to be a fraud in which Walter Roberts forged his elderly parents’ names in order to gain control of the $300,000 property. Roberts 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.