DID YOU KNOW?While the U.S. inflation rate was 2.1% for the first half of 2018, the cost of a one-room assisted living facility grew by 6.67% from 2017 to 2018. Related and other developers have announced plans to build high end assisted living facilities in major cities.
DID YOU KNOW?Private-equity firms with real-estate debt funds have amassed record sums for construction loans, bridge loans and other types of risky debt, the latest sign that new money is piling up to lend for real estate. Real-estate debt funds now have $57 billion to invest, a new high. At the end of the second quarter of this year, there was a record $4.17 trillion in commercial real-estate debt held by all lenders, with 52.4% of that held by banks and thrifts.
DID YOU KNOW?Year-over-year gains in home prices fell below 6%, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price NSA Index. The index rose 5.8% from August 2017 to August 2018, down from last month’s annual gain of 6%. Yet home-price gains remain WELL above wage gains.
"I don't expect a sharp turn in the housing market at this point."
- Robert Shiller, Case-Shiller Index
"There are only 3 times you should rent a home instead of buy:
1) If you plan to movein 3 yearsor less
2) If you're not sure about your job
3) You plan to have kids or will need more space."
- David Bach, AE Wealth Management
DID YOU NOW?Softbank's Vision Fund plans to announce that it has invested $1.1 billion into View Inc., a Silicon Valley-based maker of glass used in internet-connected window pane sallowscustomers to control the level of tinting in so-called smart windows. This “dynamic glass” can help lower cooling costs and remove the need for blinds or other accessories. Sales to airports, hospitalsandoffice buildings have taken off over the past couple years.....will it come toresidentialreal estate to lower monthly operating costs too?