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Training & Education: Getting Rid of Water Marks

If you are getting ready to show a house, then you know it’s important that everything look spotless. One type of damage raises more red flags for would-be buyers than anything else: water damage. Most homes have experienced some type of water damage over the years, whether the problem was as simple as a loose washer in a faucet or Read full article »

Market News: “Gold Rush” is On into Online Gambling

Quietly, and just before the Christmas holidays, president Obama’s Justice Department reversed years of legal decisions and authorized states to make the decision about whether or not to allow web-based, non-sports gambling within state borders. As a result of that 13-page memo, what analysts are calling the “online poker gold rush” is likely on, just as it was before the Read full article »

FHA Continues to Extend Anti-Flipping Waiver

With little fanfare, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) extended its “anti-flipping waiver” through the end of 2012 with the hopes of “accelerat the resale of foreclosed properties in neighborhoods struggling to overcome the possible effects of abandonment and blight”. The FHA’s anti-flipping legislation took effect in 2003 and was intended to slow home-flipping during the housing boom. According to the Read full article »

Pending Home Sales on the Rise

Although the number of pending home sales in November rose to the highest level in the past 18 months, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) warns that the news probably is not quite as good as it sounds. Although contract signings usually indicate positive movement for a property, agents warn that these days, there are a lot of pitfalls in Read full article »

Cold, Hard Numbers: 21.1

21.1: The percent increase in new foreclosures during Q3 2011. The spike was caused when banks and other lenders lifted the voluntary moratorium on foreclosures implemented in late 2010 in the wake of the robo-signing scandal. 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.