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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 »

Iowa Woman Sells Off 16 Homes at Once

In an attempt to avoid the hassle of listing 16 properties at once, an Iowa woman is throwing all 16 of her properties onto the auction block and “just hoping they’ll go so everybody’s fair”. Saying that listing the properties separately would “take forever,” Kathy Goff hosted an auction at a local country club the Saturday after Thanksgiving. She was Read full article »

Minnesota Determined to be a Mortgage Fraud Hot Spot

According to the second quarter Mortgage Fraud Index released by MortgageDaily.com, Minnesota’s mortgage fraud index increased 27 percent from the first quarter of this year. MortgageDaily.com bases the index on criminal and civil cases in which defendants are accused of “trying to deceive real estate lenders into making credit decisions using fraudulent documentation or property appraisals with false values.” On Read full article »

HUD and NeighborWorks America Announce a New Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program

Homeowners in 27 states and Puerto Rico are now eligible for a part of $1 billion set aside as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in order to pay a portion of their monthly mortgage. Homeowners who have experienced a reduction in income “due to involuntary unemployment, underemployment, economic conditions or medical condition” are eligible Read full article »

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.