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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 07/20/2020


Jul 20, 2020 by Marc Rapport

In Today's News

Supplemental Unemployment Benefit in Its Last Days

The $600 supplemental federal unemployment benefit for millions of Americans expires soon unless Congress acts quickly before going on recess.

Why it matters: Millions of evictions could follow as landlords are forced to make tough decisions about the property they own and depend on for their own income.

Corporations Are Buying Up Houses With "Ruthless Efficiency"

Deep pockets and leading-edge technology are adding new impetus to the mass buying of rental homes, led by giants like Blackstone (NYSE: BX).

Why it matters: There's a societal effect to America becoming a nation of renters, this New York Post article points out, and the trend is making it harder for individuals and small companies to compete on the buy-and-flip, much less buy-and-rent.

REIT Index Shows Rapid Rebound in Second Quarter

The FTSE Nareit All REITs Index reversed more than half of the losses the index of U.S. real estate investment trusts (REITs) lost in the first quarter, and the dividend yield remains twice that of the S&P 500.

Why it matters: REITs are the bread-and-butter of many a real estate investor's portfolio, and it was beginning to look like many were toast. Now, if reopenings can be sustained, a true recovery could be well underway.

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Here Why Retail REITs Crashed in June

On the other hand, Millionacres' Liz Brumer lays out some high lines on why the chickens came home to roost for some major retail REITs in late spring and why the future remains as uncertain as the course of the pandemic itself.

Why it matters: If past is prologue, and you have money in REITs, are planning to soon, or both, read up.

Investors Waiting for Distressed SFH May be Waiting for a While

Millionacres' Brad Cartier explains how social imperatives, like a drive for privacy and growing builder confidence, are just a couple of reasons why a tight housing market means investors waiting for good deals might be chilling for a while.

Why it matters: This piece and the NY Post article above about corporations buying up entire streets shows that those looking for quick scores in the residential housing space might have to be even quicker or more willing to make a bit less than in the past. The competition is getting fierce.

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Marc Rapport has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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