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Last week, Zillow Group announced the winding down of its iBuying business, which came as a shock to many in the industry. What could have gone wrong at one of the biggest names in the real estate world? And what does it mean for other companies?

What is the optimal number of homes that should be in each one? Should you put all of them into one LLC or should you break them up, and if so, how many homes should be in each LLC?

We were recently tasked with finding potential locations for a build-to-rent single-family rental community. These types of communities are booming around the country in response to strong demand for spacious rental properties. As owner-occupied housing becomes more expensive, they fill a gap in the market and have become hugely popular. We’ll review some of the steps we took in completing this type of analysis.

How do you know your target neighborhood allows rentals? Or that it won’t stop allowing them in the near future? We have developed a index to measure just that.

We developed a model to determine whether a house will sell in the near future. Your odds of getting a sale can be 3-7 times higher if you target homes with a high probability of sale.

Locate Alpha is full of information to describe investment locations. But what made us choose the variables that we did? How do we know — and prove — that what we put on the scorecard to describe a neighborhood is relevant information?

Average home valuations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were up nearly 20% from mid-2020 to mid-2021. But have rents increased?

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We were recently tasked with finding potential locations for a build-to-rent single-family rental community. These types of communities are booming around the country in response to strong demand for spacious rental properties. As owner-occupied housing becomes more expensive, they fill a gap in the market and have become hugely popular. We’ll review some of the steps we took in completing this type of analysis.

So, you’ve decided to join the flood of firms moving to Texas, and you’ve narrowed down your search. Now, it’s a question of digging into the details, like affordable housing, good schools, and available amenities.

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Last week, Zillow Group announced the winding down of its iBuying business, which came as a shock to many in the industry. What could have gone wrong at one of the biggest names in the real estate world? And what does it mean for other companies?

We were recently tasked with finding potential locations for a build-to-rent single-family rental community. These types of communities are booming around the country in response to strong demand for spacious rental properties. As owner-occupied housing becomes more expensive, they fill a gap in the market and have become hugely popular. We’ll review some of the steps we took in completing this type of analysis.

How do you know your target neighborhood allows rentals? Or that it won’t stop allowing them in the near future? We have developed a index to measure just that.

So, you’ve decided to join the flood of firms moving to Texas, and you’ve narrowed down your search. Now, it’s a question of digging into the details, like affordable housing, good schools, and available amenities.

An oft-repeated rule of thumb for single family home real estate investors is something called the “1% rule.” Simply put, this means that monthly rents should equal to at least one percent of the purchase price of the home. This is a quick-and-dirty way to check whether a home has cashflow-generating potential. In other words, will there be much left over after all expenses are paid?

A tried-and-true method for any kind of debt reduction is the “snowball” method. It’s a metaphor for a ball of snow rolling down a hill and getting larger as it picks up more snow. It works amazingly well for real estate as well.

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We developed a model to determine whether a house will sell in the near future. Your odds of getting a sale can be 3-7 times higher if you target homes with a high probability of sale.

Locate Alpha is full of information to describe investment locations. But what made us choose the variables that we did? How do we know — and prove — that what we put on the scorecard to describe a neighborhood is relevant information?

Average home valuations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were up nearly 20% from mid-2020 to mid-2021. But have rents increased?

Prices are rising around the country, and the same is true for vacation homes. What we did not expect to see that was that even the second-tier of lesser-known vacation spots have also shot up in price, leaving few areas untouched by rapid price growth. Where are these under-inflated markets?

There’s been a lot of media coverage lately about booming housing prices. Some are pointing to big institutional buyers, like REITs, as a source of the problem. We tend to disagree. Here’s why.

For the last several years, we have been following the planning of the I-345 corridor re-development near downtown Dallas. The idea, which has been studied since 2014, revolves around dismantling a freeway that has bisected the city since the early 1970s and contributed to under-performance in nearby areas. In a conversation with Patrick Kennedy, one of the masterminds and proponents of the initiative, I thought about whether there is an obvious way to calculate which specific areas are most affected by under-development and are best placed for revival if the I-345 freeway is dismantled.

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In 20 years, the urban area of Dallas-Fort Worth grew 40%+.

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