It's working for some, but don't bet the house on it.
FORTUNE -- In the years following the financial crisis, the most unlikely homeowners have emerged: Hedge funds and private equity investors have been buying up properties at bargain prices and turning them into rentals until they become ripe for a profitable sale. This phenomenon has been widely reported, but less attention has been paid to individual investors who are doubling MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Nov 7, 2013 2:46 PM ET
Re/Max CEO Margaret Kelly talks about the decision to go ahead with their IPO on day two of the federal government shutdown.
FORTUNE -- Wall Street may be getting jittery as Congress struggles to resolve the nation's budget problems, but investors betting on America's housing market don't seem fazed by Washington's dysfunction.
On the second day of the government shutdown, real estate brokerage Re/Max Holdings (RMAX) made its debut on the New York MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Oct 3, 2013 9:56 AM ET
After the housing market collapsed, many economists predicted a similar fate for commercial real estate. Here's why it never happened.
FORTUNE -- Hilton Worldwide recently announced plans to return to the public market, after The Blackstone Group (BX) took the hotel giant private in 2007.
The private equity firm is eager to recoup some of the $26 billion it paid for the chain just before the credit crunch. Whether Blackstone will be MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Sep 23, 2013 11:44 AM ET
Another major source of bank profits is on the rocks.
FORTUNE -- Have you called your mortgage broker in a while? If you haven't, you should. And you'll probably get her on the first ring. Being a mortgage broker has suddenly become a lot lonelier.
The number of people looking to refinance their home loan has plummeted recently. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, the number of borrowers filing refinance applications fell MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Jun 7, 2013 6:00 AM ET
The government insurer, which may or may not be in need of a bailout, plans to generate $10 billion by locking middle class borrowers into high fees for decades.
FORTUNE -- This is what you call kicking 'em when they're down.
Consumers who don't have a lot of cash to put down when buying a house usually have to pay a higher rate than typical borrowers for the first few years of MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - May 2, 2013 1:16 PM ET
A study by a Princeton University economics professor letting Wall Streeters off the hook for the financial crisis has a dubious premise.
FORTUNE -- If you believed poor mortgage lending and worthless securities were about to cause the biggest housing bust in American history, would you buy a house? I guess not.
That's the somewhat flimsy premise of a recent study by one Princeton economics professor and two others from the University MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Apr 1, 2013 1:22 PM ET
Mortgage applications were higher again in January. If individual buyers dominate home sales as opposed to investors, we might see a more sustainable housing recovery.
FORTUNE -- Investors armed with cash have largely driven the recovery of the U.S. housing market to date, but a few signs suggest that trend may be easing up. For the past five months, applications for new mortgages have risen, suggesting that regular buyers may be MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Feb 8, 2013 10:34 AM ET
There's an upside to investing in property for the long haul. But beware the tax pitfalls.
By Janice Revell, contributor
FORTUNE -- With the housing market showing signs of stabilizing, investors are turning back to real estate. And an increasing number of affluent savers have been using their retirement accounts to purchase homes, rental apartments, and other properties. Done properly, such a strategy can generate good income with modest volatility. But MOREDec 18, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Why U.S. private equity firms are quietly snapping up buildings in Europe at bargain prices.
By Charles Wallace, contributor
FORUNE -- The Blackstone Group has raised a dedicated $4 billion European real estate fund; David Abrams, head of European real estate investment for Apollo Global Management, says his firm has made 30 investments this year in the U.K., Germany, Ireland, and Spain; the Carlyle Group is buying mainly in Northern Europe, MOREDec 17, 2012 5:00 AM ET
As Fortune predicted last year, a robust recovery in home prices is under way.
FORTUNE -- In spring 2011 this writer penned a controversial cover story titled "The Return of Real Estate" that predicted a strong rebound in housing. At the time, prices and sales were still tumbling, and the prevailing view among economists and pundits was that the slide would drag on and on. But Fortune's contrarian forecast proved right. MOREShawn Tully, senior editor-at-large - Oct 18, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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