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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 11/30/2020

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Home sales slowing, vaccine may be a booster shot for short-term rentals, reviewing the year in REITs and real estate stocks, and looking to 2021 in multifamily and foreclosure investing.

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NAR Says Pending Home Sales Have Slowed Again

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported today pending home sales have slipped for the second straight month, and affordability issues may bear some of the blame.

Why it matters: Whether this is a trend or a blip remains to be seen, but with a job market still shaky and the pandemic surging, this seller's market could be showing signs of waning.

Vaccine News is Boosting Short-Term Rental Bookings

In the first week following the vaccine announcements, Guesty reported a 6% uptick in early 2021 bookings across the world. Compared to the same week last year, there was also a 7% jump in overall reservation volume in the U.S.

Why it matters: Millionacres' Aly Yale has some advice on how owners of Airbnb properties and the like should get ready, starting now.

2020 Year in Review: Investing in Real Estate Stocks and REITs

Some types of real estate stocks have held up quite well or outperformed the market, while others have been beaten down tremendously in this year that's been like no other.

Why it matters: Millionacres' Matt Frankel concludes that as we head into 2021, the performance of real estate stocks will likely be determined by ongoing developments in the fight against COVID-19 and how quickly the economy starts to normalize.

Multifamily Investing Predictions for 2021

In the coming year, multifamily investors could face some challenges. But they may also be in a position to capitalize on a world of opportunity.

Why it matters: Millionacres' Maurie Backman notes how well this investing segment does hinges largely on the country's overall economic recovery. She says demand for rental units will clearly be there, and investors who focus on affordable cities may fare better than those who insist on sticking with proven metro hubs.

What Will Foreclosure Investing Look Like in 2021?

As forbearances and moratoriums expire and with no federal relief package in view, it's easy to wonder what foreclosure investing will look like in the coming year. While many signs point to an increase in foreclosure properties hitting the market, in reality no one knows for sure.

Why it matters: Millionacres' Liz Brumer shares why she thinks residential foreclosure rates may be held down by new relief via the Biden administration, but she cautions that commercial real estate might not fare so well. Investors beware.

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