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Cold, Hard Numbers: 82

The percentage of overall mortgage applications in the final week of 2011 that were applications for refinancing according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). This was the highest refinance share in 2011, and the MBA believes that homeowners may have been trying to get their loans approved before the fees on GSE loans and mortgage insurance premiums for FHA loans Read full article »

Training & Education: Outdoor Living Spaces 101

Lately, outdoor living has become incredibly trendy and, as a result, many real estate experts are touting decks and other outdoor living spaces as one of the best dollar-for-dollar investments you can make in your home or in an investment property. In fact, Robert Markovich, the home and yard editor for Consumer Reports, recently said that “a deck is one Read full article »

More than Half of All Homeowners Say Homes are Worth More Today than at Time of Purchase

Despite all the negative media coverage in the real estate market, more than half of all homeowners not only say that they are confident that they know the value of their homes but also emphasize that the properties are worth more now than when they bought them. According to a national Rasmussen telephone survey, most homeowners are “confident” that they Read full article »

Mortgage Rates Likely to Remain Low for a While Longer

Thanks to the Federal Reserve’s promise to keep interest rates low through 2013, mortgage rates will likely remain relatively low as well in the coming months. However, say analysts, if you want to take advantage of the record-low rates that closed out 2011, it would behoove you to get a move on. Forecasts indicate that while “rates will still be Read full article »

Cold, Hard Numbers: 1,500

How many miles away North Dakotans are buying property thanks to an oil boom that has left the state “flush with cash” and enjoying extremely low unemployment numbers. Real estate agents credit the balmy weather in Arizona and rock-bottom prices for the northern-fueled boom. The shortage of available real estate in North Dakota also is likely a factor. 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.