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Iowa Farmland Prices Soar

In Iowa, the real estate market is booming – at least when it comes to farmland. As a result, the state’s employment numbers are looking pretty good and farmers are selling the family farm for millions of dollars in some cases. Presently, the appreciation is continuing unchecked as the cost-per-acre of farmland in the state has risen more than 30 Read full article »

North Dakota Oil Boom Fuels Real Estate Boom Down South

Thanks to plenty of jobs and plenty of oil money, many North Dakotans are making good on the dream of owning a vacation home down south. And Arizona, where real estate prices are at rock-bottom and the weather is far balmier than in North Dakota, is looking like a really good deal. With unemployment numbers at 3.4 percent in North Read full article »

Cold, Hard Numbers: 210,000

210,000: The number of alleged victims who may be eligible for a payout from Bank of America’s $335 million fair-lending settlement with the Justice Department. Although BofA has settled with the JD for Countrywide’s alleged steering of borrowers to more costly mortgages that they could not afford, borrower advocates warn that “It’s going to be really difficult to find those Read full article »

Top Former FDIC, Wells Fargo Execs Say Fannie and Freddie Must Go

The retired chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo and the former chairman of the FDIC are making no more bones about it: the say that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac caused the housing crisis and that the two now-federal entities have got to go. Richard M. Kovacevich, former CEO of Wells Fargo, and William M. Isaac, former FDIC chairman and Read full article »

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 »

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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.