CI 145 – Home Inventory Levels, Millennials Trying to Buy & Loosening Credit with Matthew Gardner

Jason Hartman talks with Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist at Windermere Real Estate. The two discuss what’s going on in the macro US economy, what’s going on with home inventory levels, some of the easiest ways to lower home prices, and the Millennial’s (mostly futile) quest to save up for a down payment. They also discuss the lack of home inventory and why the loosening of credit regulations isn’t going to impact home sales as much as some are hoping. Then they also delve into millennials trying to afford homes and WHERE they can actually afford to live.

Key Takeaways:

[1:18] What’s Matthew’s take on what’s going on in the macroeconomy

[4:06] What’s going on with new home development? Will there be any break in inventory shortgage?

[8:19] The easiest way to lower home costs and ease the inventory crisis is by easing regulatory burdens

[11:54] Millenials are having a hard time saving up for a down payment and are asking for a loan from the bank of Mom & Dad

[14:39] Milennials want to live in the “exurbs” in townhomes, but home prices are pushing them out further

[17:05] It’s taking a credit score of 740 to get a mortgage loan these days, but even if more people become eligible there’s no inventory

[20:16] Factors that could trigger the next business cycle recession and what the next recession might look like

[24:34] Who are the “Boomerang Buyers” and how might they impact the single family rental rate growth?

Website:

www.Windermere.com/Economics

CI 144 – 26 Apartments in 13 Months, Case Study with Ben Mizes

Jason Hartman talks with 24 year old real estate investor Ben Mizes, co-founder of Clever Real Estate, about how he got started in the business, what lessons he’s learned over his time in the industry, and what technologies he’s using to keep up with all his properties. Ben also gives a few best practice tips to those who want to get involved in real estate like he is.

Key Takeaways:

[1:23] How Ben became interested in real estate

[5:23] Ben’s deal experience as he started growing his portfolio, and why his 2nd deal may have been his most important

[9:34] Ben’s thoughts on what’s happening in the real estate industry as a whole

[13:10] Best practices when managing your own properties is to make sure you make your expectations very clear with your tenants

[17:45] If you don’t do a good job with repairs it makes managing the building that much harder

[20:05] The two main technologies Ben is using for his real estate, and one hack Ben uses to allow his tenants to pay cash

Website:

www.ListWithClever.com

CI 144 – Reconfiguring the Three-Player Game with Bill Janeway

Jason Hartman talks with Bill Janeway, an active venture capitalist, director of Magnet Systems and O’Reilly Media, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cambridge in America, and author of the recently revised and updated book Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy. The two discuss the 3 player game and the government’s role on both the supply and demand side of the market, the digital revolution and the coming green revolution.

Key Takeaways:

[1:27] How the thesis of the 3 player game came about

[5:24] There are markets that need government pushing the supply side of things for driving innovation, but sometimes the government even needs to be on the demand side, adding income to support the economy

[9:17] If the government hadn’t jumped in on the demand side in the 2009 recession history has shown us what would have happened

[11:21] Wherever there’s a market for assets there will be bubbles

[17:05] Why the digital revolution made Bill extend his book

[24:05] We’ve got a new challenge, a new technological revolution, which is the need for a new, green revolution

Website:

www.BillJaneway.com

CI 143 – Popular Economics with John Tamny

Jason Hartman talks with John Tamny, director for the Center for Economic Freedom, Editor of Real Clear Markets, and author of Who Needs the Fed?: What Taylor Swift, Uber, and Robots Tell Us About Money about why he believes the Fed doesn’t have anywhere near the power they’re given credit for, why their policies aren’t effective in today’s world, and why demographics may not be as useful as they’re believed. John & Jason also discuss the impact of automation on all aspects of our life. John is excited about what all of this change will mean for the common worker and believes it will lead to higher quality of life for all.

Key Takeaways:

[2:15] How Uber made John realizing something about the Fed

[5:59] The importance of the Fed is vastly overstated

[11:01] The idea that the rest of the world is in on some deal where they hold worthless treasuries isn’t realistic

[13:58] Demographic arguments regarding Japan don’t hold a lot of weight with John

[17:44] Money flows to its highest use, regardless of the Fed

[22:13] Automation is going to lead into a surge in new kinds of jobs

[26:55] The demand for entertainment and service is going to explode

[28:44] Tamny’s Law: as prosperity grows more and more people escape laziness because they find work they love

[30:24] John’s thoughts on Universal Basic Income

Website:

www.RealClearMarkets.com

CI 142 – How Automated Valuation Models Will Change The Way You Invest with Dr Andy Krause

Jason Hartman talks with Dr Andy Krause, Principal Data Scientist at Greenfield Advisors and AVM Analytics, about the state of automated valuation models (AVMs), the potential future for AVMs, how they work, and what practicalities are slowing their development down. The two also discuss the wide range of uses AVMs have, how they’re going to be changing moving forward, and how short-term rentals are impacting housing markets across the country.

Key Takeaways:

[1:16] The biggest AVM people know about is Zillow

[2:18] The science (and accuracy) behind current AVMs

[5:11] 2 things that are stopping a database from happening that would significantly improve appraisals

[9:42] How does the AVM come up with a value?

[15:17] What the AVMs do outside of simply valuing individual homes

[17:38] The future of AVMs

[20:57] The effects of the short-term rental market on the overall housing market

Website:

www.GreenfieldAdvisors.com

www.AVMAnalytics.com

CI 141 – How the Blockchain Can Secure Your Real Estate Transactions with Propy’s Natalia Karayaneva

Jason Hartman talks with Natalia Karayaneva, founder of Propy, about how the blockchain can be used in real estate transactions. The main purpose of doing so is that it can drastically reduce closing costs, and potentially eliminate the need for title insurance in the future (if states allow it). Jason and Natalia look at the uses for Propy and how it can be used both in and outside of the United States.

Key Takeaways:

[1:30] How can the blockchain be used in the real estate world?

[8:26] Do countries outside the US needs this more than the US does?

[13:04] Propy is mostly going to be cutting down on closing costs

[14:12] How do you use Propy in real life?

[18:54] What’s the future for Propy?

Website:

www.Propy.com

CI 140 – Have We Exported Our Pollution? The Caring Society with Dr Robert Whaples

In this 10th episode, Jason Hartman talks with Dr. Robert Whaples, Professor and Chair in the Department of Economics, Wake Forest University and co-editor and managing editor of The Independent Review. The two discuss the current Pope’s world view and the nature of the Catholic church today.

Key Takeaways:

[2:58] What is Pope Francis’ world view?

[7:23] How the economy is connected to the environment in the Pope’s world view

[13:02] Do we need environmental regulations and taxes?

[14:49] Have we just exported our pollution?

[20:05] Where does the Catholic church come in on the uneven playing fields of markets and oligarchies

Website:

www.Independent.org

CI 139 – Hunter Thompson – Intricacies of Commercial Real Estate

Jason Hartman talks with Hunter Thompson, Managing Principal at Cash Flow Connections, about his work in the self storage arena and what kind of opportunities are available there. Hunter gives listeners some tips on easy ways to drastically increase your properties worth, as well as some key metrics to look at when evaluating potential deals.

Key Takeaways:

[1:33] Hunter’s back story that led him to be in the real estate market he’s in

[5:29] Why invest in self storage?

[8:49] One of the key metrics you need to look at when considering a self storage facility

[13:31] The strategy an individual investor should have when it comes to getting in on a storage facility

[17:33] Some of the quick, easy (possibly even free) ways to raise the value of your self storage facility

[20:20] Self storage hasn’t reached the point of complete automation

[23:52] How to find, vet, and underwrite a deal

[28:00] The financials you should look through when vetting a deal

Website:

www.CashFlowConnections.com

CI 138 – Avoid Investment Fraud Artists with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Dan Rutherford

Jason Hartman talks with Dan Rutherford, deputy director for the Office of Customer Education and Outreach with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, about some incidences of fraud in options trading that his office is seeing, and what signs you can look for to make sure you’re not scammed. The rise in prominence of cryptocurrencies has brought plenty of scam artists into the arena, and they’re currently focusing education on binary options.

Key Takeaways:

[3:06] What kind of fraud is going on in options?

[7:15] The main things you should be watching out for to recognize a scam

[12:53] There’s a whole lot more education on cryptocurrencies needed in the general public

[15:47] Some tips to avoid fraud and how to help out others who may be being taken advantage of

Website:

www.SmartCheck.gov

CI 137 – Tenant Screening & Rent Collection with American Apartment Owners Association Rent Recovery Service Jeff Cronrod

Jason Hartman talks with Jeff Cronrod, founder of the American Apartment Owner Association & founder of Rent Recovery Service, about his new program called Lease Guarantee, and how landlords need to take a more aggressive approach toward tenants who don’t pay. They focus today on property management best practices and tenant screening.

Key Takeaways:

[1:40] What is Lease Guarantee?

[3:56] How much does the Lease Guarantee cost and what exactly does it cover?

[8:09] The steps you have to go through when a tenant misses their rent payment

[11:17] What judgement do you need to get for Lease Guarantee to pay out?

[13:56] Jeff’s property management best practices, and proper tenant screening

[18:12] What sort of reports are available for landlords?

[20:02] Jeff’s property management best practices, and proper tenant screening

[24:18] What sort of reports are available for landlords?

Website:

www.AAOA.com

www.TenantAlert.com