Know Your Nearby Markets: Portland, Oregon

The continuation of my new series, derivative of NPR's How Much House You Can Buy, In 385 U.S. Cities. Each week, I choose a high cost metro area. Each article will compare the affordability, volatility, and price growth of that market with cities of two hours or less in…

Know Your Nearby Markets, New York City

I've decide to begin a new series derivative of NPR's How Much House You Can Buy, In 385 U.S. Cities. Each week, I will choose a high cost metro (New York, LA, DC, etc.). Each article will compare the affordability, volatility, and price growth of that market with cities…

RealtyTrac 'Best Single Family Rental' markets vs. population growth

In case you missed the last post on RealtyTrac's best rental markets adjusted for population growth. Using the same site's top 20 markets for single family rentals, I have calculated the same adjustment for 'Cash on Cash Rate of Return' & 'Cash Purchase Cap Rate'. Metro Cash on Cash Rate…

RealtyTrac 'Best Rental' markets vs. population growth

Ever since it came out, RealtyTrac's Best & Worst Markets for Rental Returns report has been a big deal. While the data is certainly compelling, there are many stories the data is not telling. Here is one such story, crafted with the help of the US Census Bureau. The top…

Schwab Onesource ETFs with SEC Distributions greater than 4%

We're big ETF fans, and as a Schwab client of modest means, it's best to contribute as you go. I like to apply dollar cost averaging through the course of the year. Rebalancing each asset class with buying, not selling. Minimal sell transactions limit capital gains taxes. If you are…