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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 2/10/21

Feb 10, 2021 by Marc Rapport
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The latest on the stimulus plan, Vornado in a Trump whirlwind, examining risks in logistics and federally focused REITs, cancel culture and the residential landlord.

In Today's News

Biden Stimulus Plan on a Legislative Fast Track

Twelve House committees have begun consideration of President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Though the bill contains a number of provisions of interest to the housing community, a number of questions remain as the relief package is being assembled.

Why it matters: This post today by the National Association of Home Builders provides a concise roundup of what's in the massive bill, including emergency aid for homeowners, renters, and small businesses.

WSJ: Vornado Looking to Exit Joint Venture With Trump

The Wall Street Journal [subscription required] reports that Vornado (NYSE: VNO) is exploring ways to end a lucrative partnership with the Trump Organization that includes prominent properties in New York and San Francisco the real estate investment trust (REIT) tried to unload last year.

Why it matters: The WSJ says Vornado CEO Steven Roth is a longtime friend and supporter of Trump and that a deal would shrink the Trump Organization's holdings but could provide an injection of cash to help deal with debt.

The Booming Logistics Sector Has Many Unexamined Risks reports that while optimism is the hallmark of the burgeoning logistics sector, even small changes in the supply and demand driven by e-commerce could throw a wrench in the works.

Why it matters: The unexamined investment is not worth making. (An apology to Socrates here.) This piece takes a look at possible party poopers looming over this very hot sector, one that's quite popular with REIT investors, we might add. Speaking of the Apology, equally apropos for the potentially over-exuberant: "These people give you the semblance of success, but I give you the reality."

Today on Millionacres

Warning: Government-Focused REITs Aren't Risk-Free

Owning property leased to the U.S. government or tied to it in some way isn't a bad thing in and of itself. However, real estate investors shouldn't simply believe the storyline from REITs that tout their ties to the government.

Why it matters: Millionacres' Reuben Gregg Brewer does the examining here for you, taking a hard look at some REITs that could be in for a rough ride despite their joined-at-the-hip relationship with government agencies and the District of Columbia in general.

What is Cancel Rent? How Should Landlords Prepare?

We're hearing more about "cancel culture" lately -- people who want to censor beliefs they don't share -- but what is the "cancel rent" program? Surely people don't believe they can just live rent-free. Or do they?

Why it matters: Millionacres' Laura Agadoni, a residential landlord herself, takes a look at this thorny issue and what the small investor can do about it.

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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.