Realty Stories

Stories and reports from the world of US real estate

Federal Eviction Ban Overturned. Here’s Why

Last month we asked if it was possible that eviction moratoriums from the federal government were illegal. “If you’re a real estate investor with rental properties you depend on monthly rental payments to cover the mortgage, taxes, repairs, and other costs. But what happens if the government says, nope, you can’t evict tenants who don’t […]

Manuel MartinezJun 5, 2021
Is The Government About To Change Foreclosure Protections?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is moving to ban most foreclosures until the start of 2022. But rather than extend existing moratoriums, the CFPB instead wants to change mortgage servicing rules. It’s a new way to regulate real estate financing but is it necessary? Foreclosure Moratoriums To this point the federal government has had […]

Manuel MartinezJun 2, 2021
Are Higher Capital Gains Taxes Ahead?

A new tax idea is floating around Washington, one unlikely to thrill real estate investors. The Biden Administration is considering a proposal to increase the long-term capital gains rate to as much as 39.6% for those earning at least $1 million. That percentage, plus a 3.8% tax on investment income, could mean a long-term capital […]

Manuel MartinezJun 2, 2021
The Big Real Estate News No One Is Covering

The announcement that fully vaccinated individuals need no longer wear a mask in most cases is a significant turning point in the fight against COVID-19. With the pandemic beginning to fade it also means that the economy can increasingly get back to normal. Something else has also happened, but this reality has generated few headlines […]

Manuel MartinezJun 2, 2021
Is the Government About to Change Foreclosure Protections

In this article, we will discuss foreclosure moratoriums and probable foreclosure protections potential changes in 2021 and 2022.

Manuel MartinezApr 27, 2021
Is There A Looming Eviction Crisis?

$25 billion in government funds are not enough to help landlords impacted by eviction moratoriums. Here are some things landlords can do to protect themselves

Manuel MartinezMar 11, 2021
7 Cities Where Airbnb and Short-term Rental Investing is Banned or Limited

Foreclosed homes make great short-term rental properties — but you have to be careful where to do it. These seven cities may limit your returns.

Manuel MartinezMar 10, 2020
The Truth About Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Avoiding Foreclosure, Chapter 7, Chapter 13

The truth about bankruptcy and foreclosure. Covers Chapter 7, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, Notice of Default, and Lis Pendens.

Manuel MartinezJul 22, 2013
What Is the Job of a Structural Engineer?

Learn what a structural engineer does and why you need them at RealtyTrac.

Manuel MartinezJul 3, 2013