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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 1/12/21

Jan 12, 2021 by Marc Rapport
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Mortgage delinquencies up, Staples bids for Home Depot, a new regulatory regime, money laundering in the defense bill, and three REITs that could do really well this year. Really well.

In Today's News

CoreLogic: Mortgage Delinquencies in Sharp, but Moderating, Rise

CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) reported today that October residential mortgage delinquencies were nearly twice that of the same month in 2019 but that the rate of growth in problem loans has slowed.

Why it matters: It's a bit of a lagging indicator, since these are October figures, but delinquencies are the first step toward foreclosures, and the fewer of those the better for the health of the overall economy and individual communities alike.

Staples Seeks Again to Buy Office Depot

The owner of Staples made an unsolicited offer to take over Office Depot (NASDAQ: ODP) in a deal worth more than $2 billion, The Wall Street Journal says, looking to unite the rival office-supply superstores whose previous marriage attempts have been thwarted by competition concerns.

Why it matters: Office Depot has about 1,200 stores, staples about 1,100. The real estate investor impact to watch for, if the deal goes through on this the third time, would be locations going dark.

How Will Biden's Regulatory Power Reshape Community Development?

This interesting thought piece by Michael Novogradac of the Novogradac accounting and consulting firm covers a wide range of topics relevant to active real estate investors in different types of markets.

Why it matters: Take a few minutes to read this blog if you're interested in community development incentives, including tax credits. It can provide some guidance on what's ahead from the regulators as well as some ideas on how to do some double-bottom-line investing.

Today on Millionacres

What the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act May Mean for Real Estate

The $740 billion bill includes anti-money laundering initiatives which may have a direct impact on the ways that some organizations purchase real estate.

Why it matters: The target here is expensive purchases through shadow corporations. Millionacres' Deidre Woollard points out that while sorting out the new requirements will take some time, expect more paperwork, at the least, to be a result.

These REITs Could Skyrocket in 2021

Three currently beaten-down real estate investment trusts (REITs) that appear poised to skyrocket this year are EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR), Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG), and SL Green Realty (NYSE: SLG).

Why it matters: It matters because you invest to make money, at least in theory, right? Millionacres' Matt DiLallo is an experienced investor and studier of stocks. He's trying to help you here.

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