Category Archives: Jones on Real Estate

March 2014 Existing Home Sales Down 7.5 Percent From a Year Ago — Median Price Up 7.9 Percent: Weather, Lending Regulations and Affordability

March existing home sales were just released by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), showing a 7.5 percent decline in sales from March 2013. Sequentially from February, sales were essentially flat, down just 0.2 percent. The Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate (SAAR) as of March 2014 was 4.59 million home sales. This was the lowest rate …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best States for Retirement Security

Many have requested the positive side to my previous blog which discussed a study examining the 10 worst states with retirement security focused on potential future retirement income, retiree costs and labor opportunities for individuals. The underlying study came from the National Institute on Retirement Security. This ranking is not predicated on the best places …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Worst States for Retirement Security

As I approach the big SIX ZERO this year, retirement and related considerations are taking a place in the planning process more than any time prior. Fortunately, retirement seeds were planted decades ago in savings and tax-deferred accounts, stocks and real estate investments. As the check-out date from the workforce looms sometime within the coming …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Largest Multifamily Lenders in 2013

Real estate works well as an investment given the leverage benefits on owner returns that lending can offer (as long as it is positive leverage). The average total property return on apartments reported by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) in 2013 was 8.78 percent. The typical 2013 multifamily loan interest rate …Read more

Are You Using Twitter?

Since January 2, 2014, I have been Tweeting under the DrTCJ account. To view my homepage click: https://twitter.com/DrTCJ While many of you do not have Twitter accounts, or perhaps you do not follow me, please take a look at the Tweets from the first half of April 2014 in the bullets below. DrTCJ April 2014 …Read more

Hotel Market Performance — Average 6.44 Percent Annually Since 2000

While office, industrial, retail and apartment properties faced a single significant recession since 2000, hotel properties have endured two. Hotel’s first recession in 2001 was driven by the tragic events of 911 when business and personal travel all but disappeared. Since 2000, the average annual return for hotel properties held in tax-free investment portfolios (both …Read more