Looks Like Amazon Is About To Dip Its Toes Into Real Estate



Today’s News Synopsis:

Aaron Norris of The Norris Group gives this week’s Norris Group real estate headline roundup.  ATTOM Data Solutions released their latest housing index map, which rates neighborhoods based on several factors including home prices and the environment itself.  Looks like Amazon is about to dip its toes into real estate.  With the increase in demand for rental homes, Roofstock is trying to come up with a new index that will gauge risk to the most precise level.

In The News:

California Association of Realtors – “C.A.R.’s Innovators Workshop announces finalists” (7-13-2017)

“The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) Innovators Workshop was launched in 2016 to drive further innovation of products, services, and solutions that create efficiencies, improve productivity, and help REALTORS®, brokerages, and other real estate professionals do their jobs and serve their clients better, smarter, and more efficiently.”

Realty Trac “2017 Neighborhood Housing Index Heat Map” (7-14-2017)

“More than 5,000 neighborhoods nationwide are rated based on seven factors impacting quality of life and local housing market strength — school, crime, affordability, home price appreciation, property taxes, environmental hazards and unemployment — in this new 2017 Neighborhood Housing Market Index created by ATTOM Data Solutions.”

CNBC – “Landlord alert: New index aims to take the risk out of rental investing” (7-14-2017)

“Demand for single-family rental homes has never been stronger and, consequently, more investors are hoping to get in on the game.”

DS News – “Financials Take a Broad Hit” (7-14-2017)

“Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase all reported their second quarter financial earnings on Friday before the market opened in the morning; but, despite reporting earnings and total revenue greater than initial market expectations, the financial market took a broad hit.”

Bloomberg – “Discounts Doing Little to Lift Americans’ Spirits and Spending” (7-14-2017)

“Americans experienced lower costs last month for some services as well as cheaper merchandise that limited receipts at retailers and showed a weaker trajectory for consumer spending entering the third quarter.”

MarketWatch – “Is Amazon teasing real-estate services, encroaching on Realtor realm?” (7-14-2017)

“Will your next real estate agent come with free two-day shipping?  Earlier this week, Amazon AMZN, +0.22% added a page to its website, which was quickly taken down, called Hire a Realtor.”

Bloomberg “Big Money Is Buying Up Puerto Rico’s Risky Real Estate” (7-14-2017)

“Distressed-mortgage investors are descending on troubled Puerto Rico. There are big names among them: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Perella Weinberg Partners and TPG Capital.”


Bruce Norris will be presenting his latest talk 10 Life-Changing Days of a Real Estate Investor with InvestClub for Women on Wednesday, August 16.

Bruce Norris will be presenting his latest talk 10 Life-Changing Days of a Real Estate Investor with SJREI on Thursday, September 14.

Bruce Norris will be presenting Cashing In On A Boom up in San Jose on Saturday, September 16.

Looking Back:

The latest Builder Applications Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 0.2% decrease in new home purchase applications in June.  CoreLogic just released a list of the top states with the most foreclosures filed, New Jersey being#1 on the list.  Construction starts on nonresidential properties increased 4.2% month-over-month in June.


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