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U.S. Remains Top Real Estate Pick for Global Investors in 2012, For Now

The United States still leads the pack when it comes to global real estate investing in the commercial sector, but investors warned that the repeal of a 1980 foreign investment tax and rent and occupancy growth over the coming year would still have a major effect on their investment decisions, reported the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE). Read full article »

Market News: Chinese Moves in Gold Sector Could Turn Markets, Economies Upside Down

Gold has long been touted as one of the most reliable investments out there, and lately many investors have been buying it as if positive returns on the metal were guaranteed. However, all that could change in 2012 if the Chinese government gets its way. According to GFMS, a global economic consulting firm specializing in precious metals, the Chinese market Read full article »

Cold, Hard Numbers: 865 Billion

865 billion: The total student loan debt in the United States. This number is greater than all outstanding credit card debt in the country and also surpasses all other types of debt except mortgages. Analysts predict that student loan debt will delay home ownership and boost rentals in the coming years. Read full article »

Inverse Tax Deed Investing

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BEREL Special Report: Uncovering the Truth About Short Sale Incentives

Although short sales lead the pack when it comes to complaints from buyers, sellers, agents and lenders, they are an effective way to help distressed sellers get out of their homes and on with their lives while minimizing costs to lenders, and they’re also a favorite of many in the federal government, who view them as a means to alleviate 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.