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As Rents Rise, Advocates in Multiple Markets Push for New Rent Control Laws

In most parts of the U.S., lawmakers are currently not allowed to create new rules to limit by how much landlords can raise rents at their properties.

In November 2018, voting ballots in California might include a question on rent control. Right now, California law restricts the spread of rent regulations on housing built after 1995, in addition to many older properties.

Some housing advocates want to change that. A proposed law that would have allowed more rent regulation died in the state legislature in 2017. Now advocates including the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and the San Francisco Tenants Union are pressing the same proposal as a ballot initiative.

Read more from National Real Estate Investor

What Do Single-Tenant Net Lease Deals Offer High-Net-Worth Investors?

HNW investors are especially attracted to single-tenant net lease deals in the retail sector.

For more and more high-net-worth (HNW) real estate investors, dollar stores and drugstores make for a winning combination, although these assets can turn into losers if the sole tenant leaves.

Office and hotels still draw a lot of attention—and dollars—from HNW investors. But a rising number of them are betting on single-tenant net lease properties such as dollar stores, drugstores and fast-food restaurants to help round out their portfolios.

By and large, net lease properties are magnets for HNW investors because they’re viewed as safe, recession-proof assets that preserve cash flow and yield.

Read more from National Real Estate Investor

Trump, Real Estate Investors Get Late-Added Perk in Tax Bill

Lawmakers scrambling to lock up Republican support for the tax reform bill added a complicated provision late in the process — one that would provide a multimillion-dollar windfall to real estate investors such as President Donald Trump.

The change, which would allow real estate businesses to take advantage of a new tax break that’s planned for partnerships, limited liability companies and other so-called “pass-through” businesses, combined elements of House and Senate legislation in a new way. Its beneficiaries are clear, tax experts say, and they include a president who’s said that the tax legislation wouldn’t help him financially.

Read more from Bloomberg

Bitcoin Is Creeping Into Real Estate Deals

The real-estate industry is taking its first steps in adopting cryptocurrencies and the technology that backs them in what could eventually produce important changes in the way property is bought and sold.

While noticeable differences might be years or even decades away, several U.S. states already have changed laws to allow the technology to be used in property deals.

Read more from Wall Street Journal

Trump picks Jerome Powell to succeed Yellen as Fed chair

President Donald Trump nominated Jerome Powell to run the Federal Reserve once current Chair Janet Yellen’s term expires, in a move widely expected and one unlikely to disturb the roaring stock market.

Trump made the announcement during a Thursday afternoon ceremony in the Rose Garden.

The move follows an extended period of speculation over who would be named to head the central bank, whose aggressive policies have been considered crucial to a climate of low-interest rates, surging job creation, and booming asset prices.

Read more from CNBC

Trump Is Turning the Fed Pick Into a Reality Show

Before Trump was president, he was doling out brash criticisms and weekly drama on his reality television show, The Apprentice. Thus far, he seems pretty keen on bringing a similar flair, suspense, and tension to his presidency. Take, for example, his approach to appointing a new Federal Reserve chair—a choice that he’s been teasing the American public with for months.

Read more from The Atlantic

Bitcoin is finally buying into US real estate

Bitcoin is already in retail and restaurants — so it was only a matter of time before the cryptocurrency took on real estate. That time is now. Bitcoin is slowly making its way into closings on everything from Lake Tahoe land in California to Manhattan condos to single-family homes in the heart of Texas.

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Why Passive Investing In Commercial Real Estate Is A Smarter Strategy Than Single Family Rentals

One of the most common ways I have seen investors invest in real estate is to purchase and operate one or more single family houses as rentals. It’s a logical approach for many investors as it’s a process they understand, having purchased their own home. In addition, owning a second home can be attractive as the purchaser has likely witnessed the equity in their home grow over time.

However, for investors seeking a more diversified and balanced approach to real estate investing, they may be better off rethinking this strategy and, instead, opting to build a portfolio of passive commercial real estate investments.

Read more from Forbes

5 Health and Wealth Hacks You Can Start Today

Almost everyone wants to be healthier and more financially secure. Much of the advice you see is either unsupported or difficult to implement. Here are 5 areas confirmed by virtually all research to be positive, beneficial additions to your life that you can easily embrace right now. It’s worth noting that health always improves your base from which you can work towards financial success and the reverse isn’t often true.

  1. Start your day at 5:30 am. The statistics are undeniable. This is the right decision. Furthermore, no research supports the common “I’m a night person” statement. Unfortunately, saying “get up early” is as effective as saying, “get a job”. So here’s how to actually do it.
  • Step 1: Figure out your personal motivating factors
  • Step 2: Visualize value you’ll receive like success & health
  • Step 3: Visualize the negatives of late rising like grogginess, running late, wasteful mornings and missed opportunities
  • Step 4: Tell friends and family, share this article, and tell them you are committed to this change. This will help your guilt factor. You could also commit to Soul Cycle or another cultish early morning group class.
  • Step 5: Practice now (or next time you’re home) by getting in bed with your alarm set for 3 minutes later. Gently but immediately get out of bed. Do this 5-10 times. Seriously. Don’t skip this last step.

Read the rest of James Kilpatrick’s health and wealth hacks here!