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Training & Education: Housing Planning and Retirement

One of the most complicated aspects of retirement is planning how and where to live. In the past, many people simply focused on building as much equity in their home as possible so that the home could be sold to finance a move in retirement. However, in today’s real estate market, this traditional plan is often no longer viable. With Read full article »

Training & Education: 3 Tips for Taking Good Pictures for Listings

When you list a home for sale, including pictures is vitally important. Most potential buyers will not bother to investigate a property for sale if they cannot at least get a first look via the listing. However, including the wrong pictures in a listing can scare off buyers just as quickly as not including any pictures at all, so make 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 »

Training & Education: An Introduction to LinkedIn

As the role of social networking in real estate continues to grow, more and more real estate professionals are finding themselves using social media sites to make contacts, find clients and build their brand. However, thanks to the relative newness of the medium, many investors spend a great deal of time on these sites “spinning their wheels” rather than creating 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 »

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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.