Fed’s inflation fight tightens the U.S. housing supply and makes home buying even more difficult
Conventional wisdom dictates that U.S. inflation will continue to decline as the Federal Reserve keeps interest rates high. This action, which makes loans more expensive for businesses and consumers, should lead to less spending, less consumption and higher unemployment.
Or at least that’s Econ 101. Yet both consumers and investors have acclimated to the current market environment. Moreover the key driver of inflation — housing — cannot be adequately contained through the Federal Reserve’s usual tactics.
In fact, the Fed’s policies have created a Catch-22 in the housing market by creating “golden handcuffs.” Instead of easing consumer demand, the Fed’s actions unintentionally restricted U.S. housing supply, resulting in a stalemate between home buyers and sellers. Homeowners who locked into historically low mortgage rates before and during the pandemic are now reluctant to sell, which in turn is increasing the likelihood of persistent higher inflation.
The case for this condition to persist , which the market is mostly failing to consider, continues to grow stronger as the odds of a recession fade. This should be an alarm bell and a potential opportunity for investors to redeploy at least part of their capital into hard assets to serve as a hedge against inflation risk.
The recession that never was
Many economists have predicted that a recession would hit the U.S. Their reasoning was sound: aggressive monetary action by the Federal Reserve, investor dissatisfaction with inflation, loss of consumer confidence and reductions in home asking prices — all points that were hard to argue against.
Yet most of the key ingredients needed for a recession have not materialized. Investors have acclimated to inflation, consumer confidence is growing and the housing market has, by and large, entered a period of stalemate where prices remain high due to lack of supply.
In fact, the only relevant argument in the recession camp that remains is the Fed continuing its aggressive posture against inflation — now considered the fastest monetary policy tightening cycle in more than 40 years. Such action continues to lead many to speculate that recession is imminent, and the only questions left to answer are “when,” and “how deep it will be?”
Housing prices obey the laws of supply and demand
Housing is perhaps the most consequential category that makes up the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which markets track every month as a core measure of inflation.
The undersupply of housing in the U.S. is grounded in years of underbuilding and is not the result of a single federal policy, war, or external event. If anything, the power to create more housing supply rests with state and local governments, which often require working through a patchwork quilt of differing zoning and land-use regulations.
The high estimate of the country’s current housing shortage is pegged at about 7.3 million units, while the most conservative estimate shows it to be about 1.7 million. While the true shortage is most likely somewhere inbetween, the bottom line is that the United States faces a textbook housing shortage that cannot be solved overnight. Worse, the Fed’s current policies are making the prospect of home ownership even more difficult.
Nobody wants to move and reset their loans at much higher rates.
Central bank measures designed to clamp down on inflation by making borrowing more expensive (which theoretically should drive down the costs of homes), are having the opposite effect. This is because homeowners, who locked in historically low mortgage rates before and during the pandemic, are now reluctant to sell their home.
Simply put, nobody wants to move and reset their loans at much higher rates. Would-be sellers are therefore sitting on the sidelines, which has unintentionally created an even greater shortage in supply. Meanwhile, potential buyers, who cannot afford higher mortgage rates, are incentivized to rent instead.
To end this stalemate, the Fed would need to start cutting interest rates, which it has stated is unlikely this year. But if inflation is being driven by the cost of housing, as demonstrated in the Consumer Price Index, more attempts to tame inflation via rate hikes suggests homeowners will only become more entrenched as supply dwindles further As the labor market continues to prove surprisingly resilient, homeowners, and by extension everyday consumers, don’t seem to mind waiting it out.
Read: Nouriel Roubini says a return to 2% inflation is ‘mission impossible’
Also: Most long-term investors can ignore the Federal Reserve’s latest move
The case for hard assets
Seasoned investors know that during times of rising interest rates, restrictive credit and prolonged inflation, more investments flow into “hard” asset classes such as real estate. This hedging strategy is used almost like an insurance policy by investors to preserve capital from the depreciating effects of inflation. And according to research, it works. For example, a Stanford University study found that residential real estate is historically an investment haven during inflationary periods. Even during the inflation of the 1970s, home prices increased relative to the size of the economy. This is because housing is typically tied to consumer prices and rises with inflation.
With housing assets so closely tied to inflation, as well as to the laws of supply and demand, investments in this hard asset class deserve due consideration. Strong economic growth, coupled with the one-two punch of resilient consumer spending and near record-low unemployment, is good news. It also means the Fed won’t be lowering rates soon. Housing will remain a key driver of inflation, and future rate-hikes will further entrench homeowners and push more would-be buyers into renting.
To achieve a return to 2% inflation, U.S. policymakers would be wise to work with state and local governments to incentivize development, which would drive down the greatest expense for most Americans. But even with decisive action, fixing the fundamental housing shortage that is responsible for sustaining stubbornly persistent inflation will be a longer process than most investors realize.
David Piscatelli focuses on research, economic analysis and strategy at Avenue One, a property technology service platform and marketplace for institutional owners, buyers and sellers of residential homes. Views of the writer do not necessarily reflect the views of Avenue One.
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Getting a credit card is like taking a step toward financial adulthood. It brings you into the world of building credit and paying bills, which almost everyone has to deal with at some point, so it can help to get started as soon as possible.
But the “firsts” of adulthood aren’t always easy, and that includes getting your first credit card. A Credit.com reader recently asked where to start:
Hi, I am 18 years of age, I have no credit history, and I have low income. I’m wanting to get my own place, and would love some help finding a good credit card to build my credit that will accept my low income.
There are three main things that will affect whether or not someone like our commenter could get a credit card: the person’s age, the fact that they have no credit and the amount of money they make.
1. Can You Get a Credit Card at 18?
Let’s start with age. Per the Credit CARD Act of 2009, consumers younger than 21 must have proof of independent income or a co-signer in order to get a credit card. It makes sense: If you’re going to get a credit card, you need to be able to show that you can pay your balance.
Why Would I Want to Have a Credit Card at 18?
Having a credit card at 18 can help you to start building your credit early. It also allows you to make purchases that may require a credit card, such as a car rental.
2. Do You Make Enough Money?
That brings us to income. Since this commenter referenced wanting to live independently, it seems unlikely that they’d opt for a co-signer. That means this person would need to provide proof of their income. We don’t know exactly what our commenter means by “my low income” — even if it’s not a lot, it isn’t necessarily a credit card deal-breaker. You could always try to ask a credit card issuer what sort of income they’re looking for among card applicants, but you may not get an adequate answer, given that there’s more that goes into getting approved for a credit card than income.
3. Consider Becoming an Authorized User
If you’re wondering how to get a credit card at 18, becoming an authorized user may be your best solution. An authorized user has permission from the cardholder to use their account to make credit card purchases. Typically, you receive a credit card with your name on it, but there might be limitations as to how much you can spend.
If the credit card company reports authorized users to the credit bureaus and the cardholder makes on-time payments, this option could help boost your credit. As an authorized user, you’re not directly responsible for making monthly credit card payments. Instead, you should make a payment agreement with the cardholder to ensure your bills are paid on time.
4. Get a Secured Credit Card
At 18, it’s likely you have little to no credit history. This factor could prevent you from obtaining a traditional credit card. Despite your lack of credit history, you could qualify for a secured credit card. This type of card requires you to pay a cash security deposit to open the account.
For example, you might need to pay a cash security deposit of $500 to open a credit card with a $500 credit limit. With secured credit cards, monthly payments are typically reported to credit reporting agencies. In many cases, you can increase your credit limit without an additional cash security deposit after several months of making on-time payments.
Get a Student Credit Card
If you’re a college student, you may qualify for a student credit card. These cards are specifically for full- and part-time students at higher education colleges or universities. Credit requirements are typically lower for student credit cards, especially when it comes to the length of credit history.
If you have little to no credit, you may have a better chance of securing a student credit card than a traditional credit card. Keep in mind that credit card companies must still adhere to the regulations of the Credit CARD Act of 2009. So, you still need to have a cosigner, have proof of income or meet other requirements for a student credit card.
5. Ask Someone to Cosign for You
Another option for obtaining a credit card at 18 is asking someone you trust to be a cosigner on the account. This method can help if your cosigner has a good credit score. Both you and the cosigner are responsible for making payments.
How to apply for a credit card at 18 with a cosigner? Unfortunately, none of the major credit card companies allow for cosigners. If you can’t find a credit card you like that allows for a cosigner, you could opt for a joint credit card account. With this type of account, both parties remain responsible for making payments, but it’s likely your cosigner will be listed as the primary cardholder on the account.
Tips to Help You Manage Your Card
Obtaining your first credit card can be exciting, but it also comes with great responsibility. How you handle your credit card purchases and payments can impact your credit score for years to come. It’s important to set up good practices now to protect your future finances.
Set Up Automatic Payments
Setting up automatic payments is a great way to ensure your bills are paid on time. You can use your credit card to pay your bills and then pay your credit card bill by the due date. This process can help you build a strong payment history, which accounts for 35% of your credit score.
Build a Budget
The best way to avoid overspending is to build a budget. Start by tracking your spending for a month and use that information to develop an accurate budget. Be sure to set some money aside each month in a savings account in case of an emergency.
Pay More Than the Minimum Payment Every Month
One of the most important things when it comes to having a credit card is to be sure you’re making at least the minimum payment every month. If possible, you can pay more than the minimum balance to avoid paying interest.
Only Buy Things You Know You Can Pay Off
When you have a credit card, it can be tempting to make large purchases that you might not be able to afford without the credit card. Avoid this temptation. If you buy things you can’t afford, you run the risk of not being able to make your monthly payments.
Late payments can have a negative impact on your credit score. Using up all of your available credit can also reduce your credit score.
Be on Top of Your Statements
It’s crucial that you take having a credit card seriously. Just as you do with your bank account, be sure to check your credit card statements carefully. Take note of how much available credit you have left to avoid going over your credit limit. You also want to make sure you make all your monthly payments on time.
Other Ways to Build Credit
There are several things you can do right now to start the path to building your credit.
Student loans: Student loans can do more than just help you pay college tuition. They can also help you build credit. The important thing is to make sure you start paying on these loans as soon as you’re required to do so.
Emergency fund: You’re never too young to start an emergency fund. Be sure to put a portion of your earnings into a savings account. This strategy can help you in the event of a financial emergency.
Track your credit score: Whether you’re 18 or 80, it’s important to frequently track your credit score. Credit.com offers free credit scores from Experian that are updated every 2 weeks.
Get a job: The easiest way to secure a credit card when you’re only 18 is to maintain a job. If you’re able to prove you can financially handle having a credit card, it’s easier to obtain approval.
Day trading is a type of active trading where an investor buys and sells stocks or other assets based on short-term price movements. Day trading is often thought to differ from a buy-and-hold strategy typically used by long-term investors.
With day trading, the investor is not necessarily looking for assets that will make money over the long-term. Instead, a day trader seeks to generate short-term gains.
Investors should know, though, that day trading is an incredibly risky strategy and there’s a high chance of losing money.
What Is Day Trading?
Day trading incorporates short-term trades on a daily or weekly basis in an effort to generate returns. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says that “day traders buy, sell and short-sell stocks throughout the day in the hope that the stocks continue climbing or falling in value for the seconds or minutes they hold the shares, allowing them to lock in quick profits.”
A long-term investor, conversely, may buy a stock because they think that the company will grow its revenue and earnings, creating value for itself and the economy. Long-term investors believe that that growth will ultimately benefit shareholders, whether through share-price appreciation or dividend payouts.
A day trader, on the other hand, likely gives little credence to whether a company represents “good” or “bad” value. Instead, they are concerned with how price volatility will push an asset like a stock higher in the near-term.
Day trading is a form of self-directed active investing, whereby an investor attempts to manage their investments and outperform or “beat” the stock market.
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Best Securities For Day Trading
Day traders can work across asset classes and securities: company stocks, fractional shares, ETFs, bonds, fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies, or commodities like oil and precious metals. They can also trade options or futures — different types of derivatives contracts.
But there are some commonalities that day-trading markets tend to have, including liquidity, volatility, and volume.
Liquidity refers to how quickly an asset can be bought and sold without causing a significant change in its price. In other words, how smoothly can a trader make a trade?
Liquidity is important to day traders because they need to move in and out of positions quickly without having prices move against them. That means prices don’t move higher when day traders are buying, or move down when they’re starting to sell.
Market volatility can often be considered a negative thing in investing. However, for day traders, volatility can be essential because they need big price swings to potentially capture profits.
Of course, volatility could mean big losses for day traders too, but a slow-moving market typically doesn’t offer much opportunity for day traders.
High stock volume may indicate that there is a lot of interest in a security, while low volume can indicate the opposite. Elevated interest means there’s a greater likelihood of more liquidity and volatility — which are, as discussed, two other characteristics that day traders look for. 💡 Quick Tip: When you’re actively investing in stocks, it’s important to ask what types of fees you might have to pay. For example, brokers may charge a flat fee for trading stocks, or require some commission for every trade. Taking the time to manage investment costs can be beneficial over the long term.
Day Trading Basics — How to Get Started
Before starting to day trade, some investors set aside a dollar amount they’re comfortable investing — and potentially losing. They need to figure out their personal risk tolerance, in other words.
Getting the hang of day trading can take some time, so newbie day traders may want to start with a small handful of stocks. This will be more manageable and give traders time to hone their skills.
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Good day traders can benefit from staying informed about events that may cause big price shifts. These can range from economic and geopolitical news to specific company developments.
Here’s also a list of important concepts or terms every prospective day trader should know.
1. Trading Costs
If you’re utilizing day trading strategies, it’s wise to consider the cost. Many major brokerage firms accommodate day trading, but some charge a fee for each trade. This is called a transaction cost, commission, mark up, mark down, or a trading fee. Some firms also charge various other fees for day trading or trading penny stocks.
Some platforms are specifically designed for day trading, offering low-cost or even zero-cost trades and a variety of features to help traders research and track markets.
2. Pattern Day Trader
A pattern day trader is a designation created by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). A brokerage or investing platform will classify investors as pattern day traders if they day trade a security four or more times in five business days, and the number of day trades accounts for more than 6% of their total trading activity for that same five-day period.
When investors get identified as pattern day traders, they must have at least $25,000 in their trading account. Otherwise, the account could get restricted per FINRA’s day-trading margin requirement rules.
In a cash account, an investor must pay for the purchase of a security before selling it. Freeriding occurs when an investor buys and then sells a security without first paying for it.
This is not allowed under the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation T. In cases where freeriding occurs, the investor’s account may be frozen by the broker for a 90-day period. During the freeze, an investor is still able to make trades or purchases but must pay for them fully on the date of the trade.
4. Tax Implications of Trader vs Investor
The IRS makes a distinction between a trader and an investor. Generally, an investor is someone who buys and sells securities for personal investment. A trader on the other hand is considered by the law to be in business. The tax implications are different for each.
According to the IRS, a trader must meet the following requirements below. If an individual does not meet these guidelines, they are considered an investor.
• “You must seek to profit from daily market movements in the prices of securities and not from dividends, interest, or capital appreciation;
• Your activity must be substantial; and
• You must carry on the activity with continuity and regularity.”
5. Capital Gains Taxes
Another important tax implication to note is that the IRS differentiates between short-term and long-term investments for capital gains tax rates. Generally, investments held for over a year are considered long-term and those held for under a year are short-term.
While long-term capital gains may benefit from a lower tax rate, short-term capital gains are taxed at the same rate as ordinary income.
A capital loss occurs when an investment loses value. In certain circumstances, when a capital loss exceeds a capital gain, the difference could potentially be applied as a tax deduction. Some brokerages may also offer automated tax loss harvesting as a way to strategically offset investment profits.
6. Wash Sale Rule
While capital losses can sometimes be taken as a tax deduction, there are certain regulations in place to prevent investors from abusing those benefits. One such regulation is the wash sale rule, which says that investors cannot benefit from selling a security at a loss and then buy a substantially identical security within the next 30 days.
A wash sale also occurs if you sell a security and then your spouse or a corporation you control buys a substantially identical security within the next 30 days.
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7 Common Day Trading Strategies
Some common types of day trading strategies that you may want to research include technical analysis, scalping, momentum, swing trading, margin and so on. Here’s a closer look at them.
1. Technical Analysis
Technical analysis is a type of trading method that uses price patterns to forecast future movement. A general rule of thumb in investing is that past performance never guarantees future results. However, technical analysts believe that because of market psychology, history tends to repeat itself.
Support and resistance are price levels that traders look at when they’re applying technical analysis. “Support” is where the price of an asset tends to stop falling and “resistance” is where the price tends to stop climbing. So, for instance, if an asset falls to a support level, some may believe that buyers are likely to swoop in at that point.
2. Swing Trading
Swing trading is a type of stock market trading that attempts to capitalize on short-term price momentum in the market. The swings can be to the upside or to the downside and typically from a couple days to roughly two weeks.
Generally, a swing trader uses a mix of fundamental and technical analysis to identify short- and mid-term trends in the market. They can go both long and short in market positions, and use stocks, ETFs, and other market instruments that exhibit volatility.
3. Momentum Trading
Momentum trading is a type of short-term, high-risk trading strategy. While momentum trades can be held for longer periods when trends continue, the term generally refers to trades that are held for a day or several days, on average.
Momentum traders strive to chase the market by identifying the trend in price action of a specific security and extract profit by predicting its near-term future movement. Looking for a good entry point when prices fall and then determining a profitable exit point is the method to momentum trading.
4. Scalp Trading
In scalp trading, or scalping, the goal of this trading style is to make profits off of small changes in asset prices. Generally, this means buying a stock, waiting for it to increase in value by a small amount, then selling it. The theory behind it is that many small gains can add up to a significant profit over time.
5. Penny Stocks
Penny stocks — shares priced at pennies to up to $5 apiece — are often popular among day traders. However, they can be difficult to trade because many are illiquid. Penny stocks aren’t typically traded on the major exchanges, further increasing potential difficulties with trading. Typically, penny stocks sell in over-the-counter (OTC) markets.
6. Limit and Market Orders
There are types of orders that day traders quickly become familiar with. A limit order is when an investor sets the price at which they’d like to buy or sell a stock. For example, you only want to buy a stock if it falls below $40 per share, or sell it if the price rises to over $60. A limit order guarantees a particular price but does not guarantee execution.
With a market order, you are guaranteed execution but not necessarily price. Investors get the next price available at that time. This price may be slightly different than what is quoted, as the price of that underlying security changes while the order goes through.
7. Margin Trading
Margin accounts are a type of brokerage account that allows the investor to borrow money from the broker-dealer to purchase securities. The account acts as collateral for the loan. The interest rate on the borrowed money is determined by the brokerage firm.
Trading with this borrowed money — called margin trading — increases an investor’s purchasing power, but comes with much higher risk. If the securities lose value, an investor could be left losing more cash than they originally invested.
In the case that the investor’s holdings decline, the brokerage firm might require them to deposit additional cash or securities into their account, or sell the securities to cover the loss. This is known as a margin call. A brokerage firm can deliver a margin call without advance notice and can even decide which of the investor’s holdings are sold.
Which Day Trading Strategy Is Best for Beginners?
There’s no single answer that’s going to be correct for every trader. But investors might want to stick to the simpler strategies to get a hang of day trading. For instance, they could take a try at technical analysis to try and determine which trades may end up being profitable. Or, they could stick with swing trades to test the waters, too.
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that day trading is, as mentioned, incredibly risky. 💡 Quick Tip: How do you decide if a certain trading platform or app is right for you? Ideally, the investment platform you choose offers the features that you need for your investment goals or strategy, e.g., an easy-to-use interface, data analysis, educational tools.
Best Times to Day Trade
As mentioned, day traders seek high liquidity, volatility and volumes. That’s why when it comes to stocks, the first 15 minutes of the trading day, after the equity market opens at 9:30am, may be one of the active stretches for day traders.
The stock market tends to be more volatile during this time, as traders and investors try to figure out the market’s direction and prices react to company reports or economic data that was released before the opening bell. Volume also tends to pick up before the closing bell at 4pm.
For futures, commodities and currencies trading, markets are open 24 hours so day traders can be active around the clock. However, they may find less liquidity at night when most investors and traders in the U.S. aren’t as active.
Day Trading Risk Management
The SEC issued a stern warning regarding day trading in 2005, and that message still holds value today. They noted that most people do not have the wealth, time, or temperament to be successful in day trading.
If an individual isn’t comfortable with the risks associated with day trading, they shouldn’t delve into the practice. But if someone is curious, here are some steps they can take to manage the risks that stem from day trading:
1. Try not to invest more than you can afford. This is particularly important with options and margin trading. It’s crucial for investors to understand how leverage works in such trading accounts and that they can lose more than they originally invested.
2. Investors and traders often benefit from tracking and monitoring volatility. One way to do this is by finding one’s portfolio beta, or the sensitivity to swings in the broader market. Adjusting one’s portfolio so it’s not too sensitive to sweeping volatility may be helpful.
3. Day traders often benefit from picking a trading strategy and sticking with it. One struggle many day traders contend with is avoiding getting swept up by the moment and deviating from a plan, only to lock in losses.
4. Don’t let your emotions take the driver’s seat. Fear and greed can dominate investing and sway decisions. But in investing, it can be better to keep a cool head and avoid reactionary behavior.
Is It Difficult To Make Money Day Trading?
While it may feel like it’s easy to make a couple of lucky moves and turn a profit from some trades, it isn’t easy to make money day trading. Again, it’s very, very risky, and new traders would do well not to assume they’re going to make any money at all. That said, there are professional traders out there, but they use professional-grade tools and experience to help inform their decisions. New traders shouldn’t expect to emulate a professional trader’s success.
Day trading involves making short-term stock trades in an effort to generate returns. It can be lucrative, but is extremely risky, and prospective traders would likely do well to practice and learn some tools of the trade before giving it a shot. They’ll also want to closely consider their risk tolerance, too.
Again, while stock investing can be an important way to build wealth for individuals, it’s crucial however to know that the consequences of risky day trading can be catastrophic. Investors need to be disciplined, cautious and put in the time and effort before delving into day trading strategies.
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What is day trading and how does it differ from other trading strategies?
Day trading involves making short-term trades with stocks or other securities in an effort to make a profit. Other strategies may involve longer-term investments, which are not bought and sold on a daily or weekly (or monthly) basis.
Are there any risk management techniques specific to day trading strategies?
Traders can do many things to try and limit their risks, and that can include working with different brokers or platforms, incorporating thinking patterns or rituals before making trades, setting up stop-losses, and diversifying their portfolios.
Are day trading strategies suitable for all types of markets, such as stocks, forex, or cryptocurrencies?
Day trading can be done in many asset classes and markets, which can include stocks, forex, and even crypto. But each asset is different, and the markets may not behave the same ways, either. As such, traders may want to do some homework before jumping in.
How much capital is typically required to implement day trading strategies?
It’s generally recommended that traders start with at least $25,000 in their brokerage accounts before day trading.
Are there any specific timeframes or market conditions that are more favorable for day trading strategies?
Perhaps the best times of the day for day traders are immediately after the markets open, and shortly before they close. There may also be more market action on certain days of the week (Mondays, for instance) which create good conditions for day traders.
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Home loans are the most complained about consumer financial product/service, according to a news release from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
The agency said it received approximately 131,300 consumer complaints since July 21, 2011, with 63,700, or 49% of the total, being mortgage-related issues.
Issues related to credit cards accounted for nearly a quarter (23%) of all complaints, followed by bank account issues at 15%, credit reporting concerns at 5%, and student loan problems at 4%.
Ability to Pay the Biggest Mortgage Complaint
The many mortgage complaints were further broken down by type, with “problems when you are unable to pay” the most common.
This category includes issues related to loan modifications, collections, and foreclosure, all prevalent since the mortgage crisis got underway about five years ago.
As you can see from the pie graph above, these types of complaints accounted for nearly two-thirds of all mortgage-related issues, followed by “making payments.”
The “making payments” category covers loan servicing, mortgage payments, and escrow accounts.
This category also relates to modifications, as consumers expressed confusion regarding trial period payments and whether that would guarantee placement into a permanent loan modification.
So if we consider a normal real estate market, about 80% of the complaints could potentially disappear.
Some of the normal market stuff includes “applying for the loan” and “signing the agreement.”
These two categories deal with the loan originator or mortgage broker involved in the transaction, along with any settlement cost disputes.
Just two percent of complaints involved the credit/underwriting decision, and three percent were for “other” issues.
Of all mortgage complaints received, about 56,800 (89%) were sent to companies for review and response – the remainder were referred to other regulatory agencies, still pending, or deemed incomplete.
And the companies involved have already responded to roughly 53,900 (95%) of them.
However, only 1,800 mortgage complaints resulted in “relief,” with the average amount of compensation a paltry $425.
So it’s unclear if making a complaint will result in a meaningful result, not that you should be discouraged from pursuing one.
Additionally, consumers have disputed about 10,500 (23%) of the company responses to their complaints.
Bank of America the Top Offender
Unsurprisingly, Bank of America received the most complaints, according to an analysis of the data from the LA Times.
The company services about 15% of all residential home loans in the U.S., but wound up with 30% of the complaints.
Most of the complaints were related to loan modifications, collections, and foreclosure, likely thanks to its acquisition of Countrywide Mortgage.
Wells Fargo, which handles roughly 30% of the U.S. mortgage market, only received 15.9% of complaints.
And Chase, which has 12.7% market share, received 10% of all mortgage complaints.
Citibank and US Bank rounded out the top five, though at much lower levels than the top three.
How to Make a Mortgage Complaint
If you wish to make a mortgage complaint, heading over to the website is probably the easiest and quickest way. Per the CFPB, the most common route for making a complaint was the website.
Roughly half (48%) of all complaints were submitted through the CFPB website, while 32% were referrals from other regulators and agencies, and nine percent were submitted via telephone.
There are five simple steps:
1. Tell them what happened 2. Tell them your desired resolution 3. Fill out your information 4. Fill out information about the loan/lender 5. Review and submit
You are also able to upload documents related to your complaint, and indicate the type of loan, such as conventional mortgage, FHA loan, reverse mortgage, HELOC, etc.
And if you believe the issue involves discrimination, you can also include that in the complaint.
From there you’ll be able to track the status of your complaint and receive e-mail updates from the CFPB.
They’ll let you know when the offending company responds, and you’ll have a chance to respond to that as well.
The complaints you submit will be shared with state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to improve consumer finance laws, write better rules and regulations, and combat business practices that pose risks to consumers.
So even if you don’t get anything out of it directly, you can help your fellow consumers by speaking up.
Collecting and trading Pokémon cards has been a popular hobby since the 1990s for both children and adults. In fact, as a kid, I was obsessed with Pokémon cards. I enjoyed opening new packs, collecting cards, and trading with my friends. And, I know I’m not alone. So many people have enjoyed Pokémon cards over…
Collecting and trading Pokémon cards has been a popular hobby since the 1990s for both children and adults.
In fact, as a kid, I was obsessed with Pokémon cards. I enjoyed opening new packs, collecting cards, and trading with my friends. And, I know I’m not alone. So many people have enjoyed Pokémon cards over the years as well.
As the value of certain cards continues to rise, finding the best places to sell your collection of Pokémon cards is more important than ever.
Whether you’re looking to make some extra cash, simply downsize your Pokémon card collection, or if you are decluttering everything you own and find a long lost box of childhood mementos, knowing where and how to sell your Pokémon cards can be important to make the most money.
In this article, I’ll discuss some of the best places to sell Pokémon cards online and locally and provide tips on how to price and present your cards in the best way.
Identify and evaluate the value of your Pokémon cards before selling. Some cards are worth way more than others. For example, one card may be worth $0.10, and another may be worth over $100,000.
Look at your different selling options to see how you can get the most money.
Learn effective selling tips and strategies for presenting your cards to potential buyers.
How To Sell Pokemon Cards
Selling your Pokémon cards can be an exciting and profitable way to make money, especially if you have rare, holographic, or near-mint-condition cards in your collection.
To help you make the most profit, follow these tips to find the best places to sell your Pokémon cards. Before starting your Pokémon cards selling journey, it’s important to know your cards’ condition, rarity, and type.
Related: How I Made $40,000 In One Year Selling Items
Near-mint cards with no creases, scuffs, or whitening edges tend to have a higher value. Also, rare and holographic cards, like the famous Charizard, are highly wanted by fans, collectors, and trading card game enthusiasts, making them valuable in the Pokémon card market.
To figure out how rare your Pokémon card is, look for the symbols in the bottom right corner of your card and if you have a lot of cards, then you should become familiar with the Pokémon card rarity indicators, as well as the different sets and booster packs in which your cards were released.
For more accurate valuations, you may even look for professional grading services, such as Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). They evaluate and grade cards based on their condition, ensuring buyers of their authenticity and quality.
If you’re selling Pokémon cards online, make sure to take clear, high-quality pictures that showcase your cards’ condition, as this will give potential buyers a better idea of what they’re purchasing.
By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be prepared to sell your Pokémon cards and get the most amount of money.
Best Places To Sell Pokemon Cards Online
There are many ways to sell Pokémon cards online. Here are some Pokémon selling sites to start with:
eBay is one of the most popular marketplaces for selling Pokémon cards due to its large reach of customers around the world.
I did a quick search on eBay and there are currently over 160,000 Pokémon cards for sale – so they definitely have a huge market!
You can choose to sell your cards through auctions or fixed price listings. When selling on eBay, be mindful of the seller fees and PayPal fees that will be deducted from your earnings. Shipping will also be another cost.
eBay is especially good for selling valuable cards, such as holographic cards or rare Charizard cards. To reach a wider audience and increase the chances of a successful sale, make sure you write detailed descriptions and add high-quality photos of your cards so that people are more likely to click on your listing.
2. Troll and Toad
Troll and Toad is an online store that specializes in collectible card games, such as selling Pokémon cards and they have been around for over 25 years.
They offer a buy list where you can sell your cards for cash or store credit. To sell on Troll and Toad, simply use their search bar to find the cards you want to sell, add them to your cart, checkout, and then ship your cards to them.
This is a great feature of Troll and Toad – the fact that you can see the exact cards they will accept and the exact amount that they will pay you for each Pokémon card. As you will learn below, many of the Pokémon card selling websites have this same feature, which is so helpful!
After you complete the list of cards that you plan on selling to them, you will print out an invoice that they give you, and then choose a payment method. Then, you will ship your box of Pokémon cards to them. Once they receive the package, they will verify the cards that you have sent to make sure they are in the correct condition as you stated. After that, they will pay you.
Troll and Toad also accepts Pokémon cards in bulk.
Keep in mind that they may be selective about the cards they accept, so it’s important to research and determine the value of your cards beforehand.
Mercari is a site where you can quickly set up an account and start selling your used items, such as Pokémon cards. This site is not dedicated to just Pokémon cards, but they do have many listed and it is an easy option for Pokémon collectors.
There are well over 1,000 Pokémon cards listed on Mercari.
It’s important to create persuasive listings with photos and a relevant, detailed description, and include relevant keywords related to Pokémon cards. (Remember, they don’t just sell Pokémon cards, they also sell clothes and other items, so keywords are important!). Also, Mercari takes a minimum 10% fee from each sale you make on their platform.
TCGplayer is a popular site with card game collectors in the U.S. and Europe.
People love selling on this site because they say it’s easy to use and they have great customer service.
To sell Pokémon cards on TCGplayer, simply list your cards on the TCGplayer marketplace, set your prices, and wait for potential buyers to purchase them. The marketplace handles the transactions, making the selling process easy.
Note: You will have to pay a commission fee of around 12–13% for each sale you make on TCGplayer, and you might also have shipping costs.
Here’s a quick guide on how to sell Pokémon cards on TCGplayer:
Create a seller account – You will need an account to get started selling Pokémon cards.
Set up your inventory – Once your seller account is created, you can start listing your Pokémon cards for sale. Enter details like the card’s name, set, condition, and quantity available.
Pricing your cards – Decide on the prices for your Pokémon cards. You can either manually set the prices or use TCGplayer’s automated pricing tool to match the market rates. TCGplayer has a pricing algorithm to help sellers be competitive and adjust prices based on the market demand.
Shipping options – Decide on the shipping options you will have for buyers.
Receiving payments – TCGplayer usually collects payments from buyers, processes the orders, and then deposits the money into your seller account. From there, you can withdraw your funds.
Maintain your inventory – Keep your inventory up to date. Remove sold items and add new ones to reflect the current availability of your Pokémon cards.
5. Card Cavern
Card Cavern is an online store that specializes in buying and selling Pokémon cards.
They have a straightforward buylist system where you can quickly find the cards they’re interested in and the prices they’re willing to pay.
Then, you ship your cards to them (they recommend purchasing tracking and insurance).
If you choose to sell your cards to Card Cavern, you’ll receive payment through PayPal or receive store credit, depending on your preference.
Their buy rates only apply to near-mint, English, tournament legal cards. You can send as many or as little Pokémon cards as you want to Card Cavern.
6. Dave & Adam’s
Dave & Adam’s is an online store for trading cards, including Pokémon cards, and it has been around for over 30 years.
They offer a buy list where you can see which cards they’re currently interested in purchasing. If your cards match their buy list, you can submit a sell request, ship your cards to them, and receive payment via check, PayPal, or store credit.
If you have a big collection, they will even travel to you.
7. Pokémon Facebook Groups
Pokémon Facebook Groups are communities of Pokémon card collectors and enthusiasts who use the platform to buy, sell, and trade cards. Pokémon Facebook Groups are exactly what you think – Facebook groups for Pokémon card collectors.
This can be a great place to sell your Pokémon cards because these groups are filled with people who are very interested in buying Pokémon cards.
These groups allow you to talk directly with fellow collectors and cater to various interests, such as specific regions, sets, or rarity levels.
To sell your Pokémon cards in these groups, make sure you follow group rules, post clear photos, and respond quickly to potential buyers’ inquiries.
8. CCG Castle
CCG Castle is a website that specializes in games since 2007.
They buy Pokémon cards that you no longer need and have a buy list on their site that will tell you exactly what they are accepting and how much they will pay you for it. They pay in either PayPal cash or store credit.
Best Places To Sell Pokemon Cards Near Me
If you’re looking to sell your collection or particular Pokémon cards, there are several options near you to consider. This section will cover the best local places where you can sell your cards, such as Facebook Marketplace, comic book stores, pawn shops, and Craigslist.
9. Facebook Marketplace
A popular and easy way to sell your Pokémon cards is through Facebook Marketplace. Nearly everyone has a Facebook account, so it can be easy for you to get started, and it allows you to connect with local buyers who might be interested in your cards.
Posting on Facebook Marketplace is simple, and you can include photos, descriptions, and set your price. Also, you can communicate with potential buyers through Facebook Messenger, making it easy to negotiate and set up a meeting location.
There are no listing fees when selling on Facebook Marketplace, which means that you get to keep everything you earn. But, you do have to handle everything yourself.
10. Local comic book stores
Comic book stores, particularly those that specialize in trading cards, card games, and board games, can be a great place to sell your collection.
Many local comic shops are interested in buying Pokémon cards to stock their inventory for other gamers and collectors.
You can visit stores in your local area, ask if they purchase Pokémon cards, and provide the store owner with a list or photos of your cards. They may make an offer on the spot or ask you to come back later. Remember, each comic store is different, so it’s a good idea to try a few stores near you to compare offers and don’t stop at just one.
11. Pawn shops
Another option to consider is pawn shops.
Pawn stores are known for buying various items, including sports cards and collectibles like Pokémon cards. Take your cards to a few pawn shops near you and see if they’re interested in buying your collection.
Keep in mind that pawn shops usually offer lower prices than other options (this is because selling Pokémon cards is not their sole business), but they can be a quick and convenient way to sell more popular cards.
Craigslist is a site for buying and selling various items locally – I’m sure you’ve heard of it. You can create a detailed listing for your Pokémon cards, including pictures, descriptions, and asking prices.
Interested buyers in your area can contact you, allowing you to arrange a meetup in a safe and convenient location.
Craigslist is usually a little more difficult to sell Pokémon cards on and that is because this site does not specialize solely in Pokémon cards and is very localized.
Where to Sell Pokemon Cards in Bulk
Selling your Pokémon cards in bulk may be something that you are interested in if you simply don’t have the time to look each one up.
When selling your Pokémon cards in bulk, it’s important to find the right platform. In this section, we’ll focus on three popular options: Full Grip Games, Safari Zone, and Sell2BBNovelties. With their unique offerings and easy-to-sell process, these companies can help you get the most value for your collection if you simply don’t have the time or have too many cards to sort through.
13. Full Grip Games
Full Grip Games is a local game shop in Ohio that buys bulk Pokémon cards online and in person.
At Full Grip Games, they make it easy for you to sell your bulk cards in increments of 100 or 1,000. Also, they accept rares and other card types as well. To make things simpler for you, their website has a bulk buy list that breaks down all the packs and cards they accept along with individual prices.
To get started, follow these easy steps:
Click on the “Buylist Instructions” link on their website.
Choose their full singles buylist or their bulk buylist.
Select the cards in your collection according to the buylist.
Review the pricing and total value of the cards submitted.
Once done, send the cards following their shipping instructions.
Once they receive your bulk cards, it will take them around one week to go through them. For the cards they accept, you can get paid via PayPal, store credit (you will get a 30% bonus if you choose the store credit option), or check via USPS mail.
14. Safari Zone
Safari Zone is another great option to consider for selling your Pokémon cards in bulk. They accept a wide range of cards, but they do need to be in near-mint condition.
Here’s what you should do to sell your cards on Safari Zone:
Create an account on the Safari Zone website.
Review the cards they purchase on their buy list.
Enter the card details.
After submitting the card information, you’ll receive a quote for your collection.
Ship your cards to Safari Zone, and they will process your payment after validating the cards.
Safari Zone only pays via store credit.
Sell2BBNovelties is a website that has been around since 1999 that specializes in toys and collectibles, such as Pokémon cards.
They have an easy platform to sell your Pokémon cards in bulk and accept various card types, including rares, holographic, and common/uncommon cards.
To sell your Pokémon cards on Sell2BBNovelties, simply:
Go to their website and click on the “Buying Prices” tab.
Select the cards you’re selling according to their buying list.
When you’re ready, submit the form. You’ll receive a confirmation email with the total value of the cards and further instructions.
Ship your cards to Sell2BBNovelties, and they will process your payment upon receiving and verifying your cards.
You can receive payment for the cards they accept in either PayPal cash or store credit.
How to Make a Website to Sell Pokemon Cards
If you have the time and a lot of cards, you may even be interested in starting a website to sell your Pokémon cards.
Creating a website to sell your Pokémon cards is a great idea to reach a wider audience and have lower fees. Of course, there will be more work in this because you will be managing everything yourself.
Choose a platform and create your design – Look for an easy-to-use platform to build your website – my favorite is WordPress. You will want to pick a clean looking design that customers can look at on both computer and phone. Most platforms have a variety of premade themes that you can use. You can also personalize your website by adding your logo, choosing colors that represent your brand, and adding images.
Organize your products – Categorize your Pokémon cards by sets, rarity, or other criteria that make sense for your target audience. Clear product descriptions and high-quality images of each card will help potential buyers too.
Set up payment and shipping – Choose a payment gateway to securely process transactions. Options like PayPal, Stripe, or Square are widely used and reliable. Choose shipping options and rates based on your preferred carriers and shipping destinations.
Create valuable content – In addition to listing your Pokémon cards, consider creating helpful content such as blog posts or videos that add value to your website and attract more readers and buyers. Providing informative content will establish you as an expert in the field and help drive traffic to your site.
Promote your website – Use social media, search engine optimization (SEO), or even paid advertising to increase page views to your website.
Related: How To Start A Website Free Course
Pokemon Card Selling Tips and Strategies
Selling your Pokémon cards can be an exciting way to make extra money, but it’s important to have a little strategy so that you can make the most money and find the most buyers.
Here are some tips for selling your Pokémon cards successfully.
Determine the value of your cards. You should research how rare the card is, the origin, and the condition of your cards, as these factors will affect their worth. Keep an eye out for rare and valuable cards (such as first edition cards and illustrations), as these will attract more interest from collectors. Grading your cards can help with this process – professional grading services can rate the condition of your cards and encapsulate them in a case, increasing their value.
Consider where to sell your cards.There are numerous platforms for selling Pokémon cards online, such as eBay, where you can list your cards as single items or in an auction format. There are also more specialized Pokémon selling websites which are dedicated to trading cards. These sites often have dedicated communities of potential buyers who are very interested in Pokémon cards.
Write clear and accurate descriptions of your cards.You should always be clear and honest about your card’s condition. For example, are there any scratches or bends? Is there a tear or water damage?
Ship your cards carefully.Carefully package your Pokémon cards to protect your cards from damage during transit. You will want to keep your cards waterproof and not use rubber bands (rubber bands can damage the cards). Also, consider offering a tracking number and insurance to your buyer as an additional layer of security. Many of the Pokémon selling sites above have a very exact way they want you to ship the cards to them to prevent any damage, so be sure to see what their rules are.
By following these Pokémon card selling tips and tricks, you can increase the chances of finding the best places to sell your Pokémon cards.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to common questions about selling Pokémon cards.
How do I know if my Pokemon cards are worth money?
So, how do you know if the Pokémon cards that you have are worth anything? Many people have Pokémon cards, probably stuffed in a box somewhere, or maybe you came across some.
Whatever your reason is, yes, your Pokémon cards may be worth something.
Knowing the value of your Pokémon cards is important before selling, and there are a few key things to think about.
First, look at the rarity symbols on your cards: a circle indicates a common card, a square represents an uncommon card, and a star denotes a rare card. These symbols help you determine the rarity of your cards and their potential worth.
The condition of your cards also plays a big role in their value. Cards in mint condition, meaning they have no visible wear or damage, are worth more than cards with minor imperfections. Holographic cards, especially in mint condition, can be more valuable.
To take it a step further, you could even get your Pokémon cards professionally valued and graded by a reputable company like PSA. Grading involves a professional inspection of your card’s condition, assigning a numerical grade based on factors such as centering, corners, edges, and surface. The higher the graded number, the better the condition and, often, the higher the value.
Keep in mind that while Pokémon cards typically have higher values, other trading card games like Yu-Gi-Oh can also be valuable. Make sure to research the prices of similar cards sold recently, and compare the condition of your cards to decide if they’re worth selling.
How do I sell Pokemon cards for cash?
To sell your Pokémon cards for cash, first organize your cards by set and look for rare ones to see what you have. Once you’ve prepared your collection, follow the selling instructions on your chosen platform.
You can sell your Pokémon cards online, locally near you, and even in bulk.
Where can I find buyers for my Pokemon cards?
You can find buyers for your Pokémon cards on online marketplaces, local card shops, and social media groups. Websites like eBay and TCGplayer are popular places for selling Pokémon cards, as well as community forums and local collector’s events.
What are some reputable websites to sell Pokemon cards?
There are many reputable sites to sell Pokémon cards as we discussed above, such as:
Troll and Toad
Dave & Adam’s
Pokémon Facebook Groups
Full Grip Games
Where is the best place to sell Pokemon cards?
The best place to sell your Pokémon cards depends on your preferences. eBay gives you a worldwide market and you are probably already familiar with their platform.
TCGplayer and Troll and Toad specialize in trading card sales and have a lot of Pokémon cards for sale.
Pokémon Facebook Groups are a great way to connect with those interested in Pokémon cards, and there are no listing fees – but you would be dealing with people on your own and handling everything yourself.
Are there any local stores that buy Pokemon cards?
Some local stores, like comic book shops, game stores, and pawn shops, may buy Pokémon cards. You can call local stores to see if they buy cards before bringing your collection in person.
Can you sell Pokemon cards on Etsy?
Etsy is generally geared towards handmade and vintage items, so it’s not an ideal platform for selling Pokémon cards. It’s best to stick with platforms like eBay, TCGplayer, or Troll and Toad for selling trading cards.
I did a search for Pokémon cards on Etsy and it said there were 43,326 results, but I think many of these are for custom art, in that they would be turning a picture of you or your pet into a Pokémon card. So, not the same thing.
Can I sell Pokemon cards on eBay?
Yes, you can sell Pokémon cards on eBay. It is one of the most popular sites for selling Pokémon cards and it gives you control over pricing and listing options.
Can you sell Pokemon cards at GameStop?
GameStop typically does not buy or sell individual Pokémon cards.
Do pawn shops buy Pokemon cards?
Some pawn shops may buy Pokémon cards, especially if they are valuable or rare. Call your local pawn shops or visit them in person to inquire about their interest in buying Pokémon cards. Remember, they do not specialize in Pokémon cards and have a smaller market, so you may not get as much for your Pokémon cards at a pawn store.
What does TCG and CCG mean?
As you’re going through the sites above looking for one of the best places to sell your Pokémon cards, you may come across these two terms. CCG means collectible card game and TCG means trading card game.
How can I determine the value of my Pokemon cards?
Figuring out the value of your Pokémon cards involves considering factors like:
Websites like TCGplayer and Troll and Toad provide price guides and historical sales information to help you estimate the value of your cards.
How do I check the value of my Pokemon cards?
Check the value of your Pokémon cards by researching on websites like TCGplayer, eBay, and Pokémon Price. These platforms can give you a good idea of the current market value for individual cards.
Do you need a license to sell Pokemon cards?
You generally do not need a license to sell Pokémon cards, unless you’re planning to sell them by opening an in-person store. Check your local regulations to make sure you’re following any required guidelines.
How much is Charizard Pokemon card worth?
Charizard cards vary widely in value and can be worth anywhere from $25 to over $50,000. The Charizard Pokémon card that is worth the most is typically a mint condition 1st Edition from the base set.
What Pokemon cards are worth more than $100?
Some Pokémon cards worth more than $100 include rare Pokémon cards, such as first edition holographic cards from the original sets, high-grade cards, misprints, and promotional cards like the Pokémon Illustrator card.
What is the most expensive Pokemon card?
The most expensive Pokémon card varies over time; some examples include the Pokémon Illustrator card, the 1st Edition Charizard, or unique, one-of-a-kind promo cards handed out during official Pokémon events. The rarest Pokémon cards obviously cost more money and sell for more.
According to TCGplayer, the most expensive Pokémon cards include:
Pokémon World Championships No. 2 Trainer Promo
No. 2 Trainer Toshiyuki Yamaguchi (2000)
Neo Genesis 1st Edition Lugia (2000)
Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer (1999)
Family Event Trophy Kangaskhan (1998)
Test Print Blastoise Gold Border (1998)
Tsunekazu Ishihara Signed Promo (2017)
Trophy Pikachu No. 3 Trainer Bronze (1997)
Commissioned Presentation Blastoise Galaxy Star Holo (1998)
First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard #4 (1999)
Illustrator Pikachu (1998)
These were all sold for over $100,000 each.
Best Places To Sell Pokemon Cards – Summary
I hope you enjoyed this article on the best places to sell Pokémon cards and how to sell Pokémon cards for cash.
If you have Pokémon cards that you no longer want, there are many ways you can sell them. And, they may be worth a lot of money!
To figure out the value of the Pokémon cards that you want to sell, you’ll want to look at their rarity symbols, Pokémon card condition, grading (if applicable), and market comparisons. Understanding these factors will help you decide if your cards are worth selling and where to find the best prices.
Once your cards are sorted and evaluated, it’s now time to choose the best places to sell your Pokémon cards. Here are some popular options:
eBay – This site has millions of Pokémon cards sold every year. It’s a great place to find a worldwide audience, but remember to factor in shipping costs and eBay fees.
Facebook Marketplace and Pokémon Facebook Groups – Connect with local collectors or fans without worrying about shipping fees. This option may mean that you will meet the buyer in person.
Local comic shops – These stores can be an easy place to sell your cards, especially if they specialize in Pokémon cards or trading card games.
TCGplayer – Catering specifically to trading card game fans, this site has a dedicated space for buying and selling Pokémon cards.
Other options include Troll and Toad, Card Cavern, Dave & Adam’s, Sell2BBNovelties, pawn shops, and more.
Good luck selling your Pokémon cards!
What do you think is the best place to sell Pokemon cards for cash?
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In an era defined by technological advancements, Dark Matter Technologies LLC emerges as a transformative force in the mortgage origination landscape, marking its evolution from Black Knight Origination Technologies. Under the Perseus Operating Group of Constellation Software Inc., Dark Matter Technologies remains steadfast in its commitment to pioneering innovation. CEO Rich Gagliano aptly sums up the company’s vision: “Dark Matter Technologies is on a mission to revolutionize the mortgage origination business by supporting, growing, and aggressively innovating new and existing products.” With over 1,300 dedicated mortgage technology experts and a portfolio that includes Empower, AIVA, Exchange, and more, Dark Matter Technologies is poised to lead the industry into a new era of unparalleled transformation. Learn more about Dark Matter Technologies and their mission, here.
There is approximately $9T in agency or government MSR outstanding. Billions of dollars are being transacted daily and this volume requires disciplined loan accounting processes to record loans accurately, produce investor reporting, and power business decisions. SBO from SitusAMC is a comprehensive loan accounting and master servicing platform that reconciles daily and monthly servicer cash collections down to the penny, aiding in the discovery of potentially misplaced funds and enhancing the financial integrity of the entire process. Servicers using SBO produce accurate and timely details providing confidence that their investor reporting obligations are being met. Schedule a demo of SBO with SitusAMC’s client-focused experts.
“Did you hear Capacity’s big announcement at TMC Fall? We’ve acquired Denim Social! Together, we’re building a support automation platform that helps you automate support, connect more authentically with your borrowers, and close more loans, faster. Read the press release to learn more! We also gave away a personalized AI Assessment worth $10,000 to help mortgage lenders identify opportunities for improving their business with AI. Plus, our new GSE Search feature pulls accurate, up to date GSE regulations within seconds using generative AI. Want to join the AI in mortgage revolution? Meet the Capacity team today.”
A new era in loan origination has arrived. Mortgage Machine Services, an industry leader in digital origination technology to residential mortgage lenders, announced the launch of its namesake platform Mortgage Machine™, an out-of-the-box, all-in-one LOS designed to accelerate lenders’ operational velocity and support an end-to-end digital origination process. Developed by digital mortgage pioneer and industry veteran Jeff Bode, Mortgage Machine utilizes intelligent automation, configurable business workflows and a cloud-based infrastructure to optimize the entire loan lifecycle and create a seamless lending experience. Key platform features include AI-powered task automation, a scalable cloud-based infrastructure, flexible APIs, pre-configured workflows for retail and TPO channels, integrated document management and POS functionality. Mortgage Machine also offers all-in-one eClosing capabilities, including an eClose room, eNotes, eVault and RON, and utilizes MISMO SMART Doc® data and security standards. Visit here to get started on your digital transformation journey.
Blend Labs continues to be the mortgage industry’s leading technology platform. Core to the platform is Blend’s unique integration with Desktop Underwriter® (DU®) and LPA. These integrations help streamline your approval process for borrowers, with all the conditions lined up for your fulfillment team. Add in intelligent and automated follow-ups and you’ll get to the closing table faster and more efficiently. Putting this information at the loan officer’s fingertips creates a streamlined process and eliminates manual work which equals lower costs, higher pull-through, and increased revenue. See more ways that Blend is committing to innovation and continues to lead the way.
Looking for timely advice on how to capture more loan volume and improve your bottom line in a down market? Now is the time to explore ways to tap into new markets. Expanding your mortgage footprint through new products and channels or by reaching new geographies insulates your business against economic and interest rate volatility by diversifying your sources of volume and revenue. By setting the groundwork to connect with new borrower markets now, you’ll open new revenue possibilities for when the market inevitably recovers, positioning your business to hit the ground running and beat out the competition. Download this informative eBook from mortgage solutions provider Maxwell for actionable advice, including how to create your expansion plan and choose the offerings best suited to the markets you want to pursue. Click here to download Growing Your Mortgage Footprint: How to Launch New Loan Products, Channels & Geographic Expansions.
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Build your book with AFR Wholesale® (AFR)! Now, get the chance to listen from and ask questions directly to AFR and Freddie Mac to turn those prospects to active pipeline at the next Why Wait webinar series covering Manufactured Home Financing on Wednesday, September 20th at 1 PM EST. Register here today! Have you and your borrowers looked into Manufactured Housing as an option? With unbeatable affordability, customization options that are very tailored, quick installation and trusted quality, manufactured homes are worth exploring. Especially with a top lending partner in AFR who has been an industry leader for over 25 years. This is a live webinar, and a recording will not be provided so make sure to join and get great insight and have the opportunity to ask questions and listen to scenarios! Visit AFR Wholesale, email [email protected], or dial 1-800-375-6071. AFR Wholesale® – Don’t wait. Register today!
“With Cash-Outs on the decline during this high interest rate environment, it is important to present your borrowers with different cash-out options. That is why Vista Point is announcing a brand new HELOC product coming soon, in addition to our existing Closed-End Second. Our HELOC product is being designed as a complement to our Closed-End Second to provide a full suite of Equity Solutions. Our HELOC will provide a specific solution for borrowers that want the optionality of an interest-only payment, or the ability to draw up and buy down their line during the 5-year draw period with no Appraisals up to $250k. Just like on our Closed-End Second offering, with HELOC loan amounts up to $550K and combined lien amounts up to $2.5M, your borrowers can get the cash they need without sacrificing their advantageous 1st mortgage rate. HELOC will be available for full doc and bank statements on OO and 2nd homes. For more information, reach out to us, or meet us at the Philly MBA to discuss.”
We learned last week that prices in August rose by the largest monthly percentage in 15 months. However, that month-over-month inflation was widely expected due to a surge in gasoline prices. Underlying oil prices are also pointing towards further increases in September. Meanwhile, core prices were up 0.3 percent and core goods prices declined by 0.1 percent. Over the last three months core prices have increased at an annualized pace of 2.4 percent, the lowest three-month pace since March 2021. Retail sales rose faster than analysts’ expectations in August, also due to higher gas prices. Many analysts expect consumer spending to slow as excess savings built up over the pandemic have materially declined and credit is increasingly costly and difficult to obtain. Additionally, the resumption of student loan payments is expected to cut into discretionary spending. It will take more than expectations of slower spending before the Federal Reserve feels inflation is firmly under control.
What could move mortgage rates this week? The U.S. Federal Reserve, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, and the central banks of Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland are all announcing rate decisions after a spate of recent inflation data shows that price increases are alive and well. The Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the action arm of “the Fed,” is not expected to raise rates. It’s unlikely that the commentary around the commitment to keep fighting inflation and higher rates for longer will change either, but it could tilt a little more to the hawkish side after a stronger-than-anticipated inflation report for August.
The week could also see some extra drama on the political front as the countdown continues toward a potential government shutdown on October 1 in addition to the battle between the United Auto Workers (UAW) union and Detroit automakers. The auto worker strike could complicate Fed Chair Powell’s bid for a soft landing. Union leaders are asking for a 36 percent wage increase over four years, to match the similar recent pay increase for top executives. The union also wants pay to rise automatically with inflation in the future, as it did before the financial crisis.
This week brings the aforementioned FOMC meeting that begins tomorrow and concludes on Wednesday with the Statement, updated SEP (where fed funds projections will be closely scrutinized), and Chair Powell’s press conference. The treasury will also be in the headlines with more coupon auctions scheduled: $13 billion reopened 20-year bonds tomorrow and $15 billion reopened 10-year TIPS on Thursday. The only scheduled, probably non-market moving, news out today is the NAHB Housing Market Index for September. We begin the week with Agency MBS prices roughly unchanged from Friday, the 10-year yielding 4.34 after closing last week at 4.33 percent, and the 2-year is at 5.00 percent.
Are you more energized, more encouraged, and more motivated to succeed today than yesterday? Zig Ziglar famously stated, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing; that’s why we recommend it daily.” “As an industry leader, Thrive knows that motivation, discipline, and belief in your ability to succeed is critical,” stated Randell Gillespie, National Sales Leader for Thrive Mortgage. “There is no better time than now to find ways to continually motivate your team, which is why we put so much focus on daily opportunities like these at Thrive. Through our weekly High-Performance Coaching Calls, our very own nationally-recognized Marketing Master, James Duncan, leads these motivating and educational experiences for results. The biggest names in the mortgage industry and thought-leadership have been part of our Thrive Nation broadcasts. We want everyone to be better today than yesterday. Start a conversation with us and find out how.
“The fall season is here, and now more than ever is the time to build rapport with your referral partners and clients to maintain a steady stream of business. At Guaranteed Rate Affinity, not only do we have the greatest number of products, but we have the tech platform for our loan officers to do business from anywhere. With PowerVP, you can do anything from creating loan applications to sending pre-approval letters all from your mobile phone. Anything you could do from your desk, you can now do on the go with PowerVP. Gone are the days of being chained to your desk and missing out on important moments. Primarily, it gives you a work-life balance you never thought possible. Luckily, we’re hiring the best of the best loan officers to leverage our tech platform to grow their business. Ready to learn more? Contact Tim McGraw to get started.”
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Our way of honoring first responders is by educating our podcast listeners, readers and coaching clients in the real estate industry about how to help those who helped all of us and are still being of service every day. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who have our backs in times of need.
One of the best ways to help first responders is to be of service yourself, as a professional real estate advisor. Listen to all of these really great mortgage programs (most agents and buyers don’t know about these!) for first responders and consider doing any or all the following:
1. Make a video about some of the special programs available. Send it to your database, post it on your social media and submit a press release to your local media sources.
2. Take that information and provide a Facebook Live session or a series of Facebook Lives, invite your friends and followers to learn more about these loan programs. You can split the programs up and do a weekly series.
3. Work with a lender who specializes in first responder types of loans, FHA, VA and HUD programs and interview them for a video, Facebook live session or if you have a podcast.
4. Submit an article to your online and offline news publications about these available programs.
5. Create a First Responder seminar or webinar, in person or online. Present at local firehouses, police stations and more Bring your first-responder-program lender specialist with you.
In all cases, close the video, article or session with a call to action: For more information about these and other special programs, call or text today at: enter your phone number.
Let’s take a look at some available programs to help our special first responders.
You all know people who can benefit from these programs. What a great way to be of service yourself!
FHA mortgage programs
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) provides easy-to-qualify government insured loans. These loans have lower down payment requirements and more forgiving credit requirements. For example, first responders who qualify for this plan may be able to place a minimum down payment as low as 3.5%.
Requirements for these loans are typically:
-Two years of stable employment, ideally at the same job.
-Fewer than two, 30 day late payments over the past two years.
-30% of the buyer’s gross income should be available to use towards their mortgage payments.
-Monthly debt payments cannot be more than 43% of income.
Of course, other restrictions and overlays may apply. Loan requirements are fluid and we, like you, are disclosing that we are not mortgage lenders! Ask your professional loan originator for the details and refer your clients to someone who specializes in these programs.
Good Neighbor Next Door
Good Neighbor Next Door is a mortgage program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which is offered to public servants, such as first responders. This program allows qualified applicants to purchase homes in revitalized communities.
The Good Neighbor Next Door Program allows someone who qualifies to purchase a home for 50% of the appraised value based on where the house is located.
The HUD provides a listing of properties that you may check to find which houses and locations are available. Check HUD.gov for lots of details on this and tons of other great programs. They’re a little known resource for many Realtors. Be the one who’s in the know!
Did you know that HUD has an online search where you can find homes for sale all over the country that qualify for different special programs? You can even search for investors, first time buyers, first responders, etc. Stop relying so heavily just on your MLS!
To qualify, the buyer must comply with HUD’s program regulations and meet the first responder requirements. They must be employed, for example, as a full time firefighter, or an EMT, paramedic or law enforcement officer by a fire department, EMS unit or law enforcement agency, a unit of general local government or an Indian tribal government. They must be serving in the locality in which the home is located. Think of how much value you would bring when you present these programs locally to firehouses and police stations.
VA mortgage program
Many first responders have military experience. This service record may qualify for a Veteran Affairs (VA) loan. VA loans are not well understood by many Realtors. When you really know the benefits, you’ll be more of an advocate of these loans both on your buyer sides as well as when you’re a listing agent considering accepting a VA loan.
VA loans have no down payment requirement. Additionally, qualified borrowers do not need to pay for mortgage insurance, unlike with FHA mortgage plans. These features make VA loans one of the most attractive loan programs available in the industry.
Did you know that: In addition to first responders with previous military service, VA loans are also available for active-duty service members, qualified spouses and other veterans.
Your buyers can apply for a VA loan if:
-They or their spouse served 181 days during peacetime or 90 consecutive days in wartime.
-They or their spouse served for six years with the National Guard or Reserves.
Other great things about VA loans:
No Prepayment penalties, sellers can contribute to closing costs, refinancing can happen up to 100% of the home’s value and repayment workouts if the veteran has payment issues.
The more you know about these special mortgage programs, the more you’ll talk about real estate and offer value. Don’t just learn about these things, get out there and present a seminar, a Facebook live session, videos, press releases and social media. Add the links to your website.
Tim and Julie Harris host a podcast for real estate professionals. Tim and Julie have been real estate coaches for more than two decades, coaching the top agents in the country through different types of markets.
The U.S. housing market is short by at least 6.5 million homes. After more than a decade of under-building relative to population growth, there are simply not enough affordable entry-level and first-time move-up options available for buyers. Renters are finding themselves priced out of areas within a reasonable commuting distance to work.
The scarcity of housing has driven home prices and rents prices to an all-time high and pushed affordability to a multi-decade low. Over the next decade, there will be more than two million adults added annually to the U.S. population, due to a combination of aging and immigration. This shift will drive a voracious need for more housing, especially among entry-level and first-time move-up homes at lower price points given structural affordability challenges.
Reasons for the housing shortage plentiful
Housing has been materially unbuilt for the past 15 years. Most production builders have focused on ever larger and more expensive new homes, and relatively few new homes have been built that cater to lower-income households and entry-level buyers, especially in high-cost coastal markets.
Most recently, rising interest rates have intensified the fight for housing. From February 2011 to April 2022, mortgage rates never rose above 5%, making the cost to borrow money and buy a home very cheap. However, since 2022, there has been a rapid rise in rates that has created a “lock-in effect” and stalled many families who would have otherwise considered moving. Homeowners who “locked-in” a mortgage rate of 3-4% during the pandemic are unwilling to buy a home at a 7%+ on a new mortgage, which means even fewer homes are going on the market as existing homeowners choose to stay put.
For those hoping to buy a home for the first time, the rise in rates means that monthly payments are effectively double what they would have been a year ago, a reality that has priced many people out of buying. Couple that with rising costs of home insurance and the general price inflation, and there is a massive housing affordability problem facing the majority of the country.
A need for alternatives
This persistent housing shortage has generated a pressing need for alternatives that can bridge the gap between demand and supply, while accounting for a limited availability of land in top areas.
Enter the Accessory Dwelling Unit, commonly known as an ADU, or more informally called an in-law suite, granny flat or backyard home. ADUs are small, self-sufficient structures that usually have one to three bedrooms, a private entrance, and all the amenities that a resident would require including kitchens and bathrooms. ADUs are one of the most effective ways to add density and rental properties in a higher cost market. These generally detached structures can be built in less than a year and cost far less to build than primary homes. Depending on where you live, there are also various state-run programs such as the CalHFA ADU Grant in California that can bring down building costs tremendously.
For homeowners, ADUs offer an opportunity to provide affordable housing on the rental market or house relatives that would otherwise be unable to afford the neighborhood. These structures can generate rental income to offset rising mortgage payments, and create more long-term rental supply, ultimately lowering the average rental cost for tenants. For local governments, ADUs can increase the number of tenants in areas where high-rise dwellings are not a desirable option. ADUs also offer a compelling option for multi-generational living, which can be a tremendous help with families that want to reduce burdens of childcare and senior care.
Changing policies good for ADUs
Fortunately, we are seeing many government authorities focusing on changing housing policies and zoning codes to make ADUs a more actionable solution. It’s a rare example of government housing policies driving the private market to solve a critical problem. For example, California’s changes in laws and regulations have made ADUs much easier to build. The momentum from these regulations has resulted in a large increase in ADU construction activity: permits for ADUs in California have increased nearly 22x from around 1,100 in 2015 to nearly 24,000 in 2022 and roughly 68,000 ADUs were built across California between 2017-2021. As a result, there are a large number of new housing units that have been added to high-cost locations where people hope to live and work.
Nationwide, many local and state governments are starting to follow the California example. Washington, Oregon, Florida, and Colorado, to name a few states, are starting to make ADUs a more prevalent part of solving the housing affordability issue. Ultimately, ADUs alone won’t solve decades of housing issues. But they can close the gap between the number of people looking for affordable housing and the number of homes available for rent or purchase.
Sean Roberts is CEO of Villa, an ADU builder in California.
This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of RealTrends’ editorial department and its owners.
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Looking to build wealth with the best income-generating assets? As you set out on the path to financial freedom, understanding the different types of income-generating assets can truly change your life. This is because you can invest in assets that will generate you income, earning you more passive income. Today’s article will introduce you to…
Looking to build wealth with the best income-generating assets?
As you set out on the path to financial freedom, understanding the different types of income-generating assets can truly change your life.
This is because you can invest in assets that will generate you income, earning you more passive income.
Today’s article will introduce you to a range of assets that reliably bring in cash, giving you peace of mind and the freedom to live life on your own terms.
From traditional investments like stocks and bonds to more creative options like peer-to-peer lending or real estate, income-generating assets give you the power to diversify your portfolio and build wealth over time.
What are income generating assets?
Before we begin, I want to talk about the basics on income-generating assets, in case you are new to the subject or if you want a background first.
Income-generating assets are investments that, as the name suggests, generate income for you. These are assets that provide you with a steady cash flow, allowing you to earn passive income and build your wealth over time.
Examples include rental real estate and dividend-paying stocks (we will go over 17 different types of income-generating assets below in more detail).
There are several benefits of the best income-generating assets such as:
Passive income: You earn money without actively working, and this can provide financial freedom and the ability to focus on other things in life. You can earn money in your sleep, while on vacation, making dinner, and more.
Diversification: You can diversify your investments so that all of your income is not coming from just one source.
Wealth building: Earning income and generating a steady cash flow can help you build your wealth over time.
Note: Please keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when investing in any of these income-producing assets. Everyone is different and while one asset may work great for someone, it may not be the right asset for you. I recommend doing as much research as you can if you are interested in one of the asset investments I talk about below.
Types Of Income Generating Assets
There are many types of income-generating assets. Some may be more traditional such as dividend-paying stocks, and others may be more alternative income-generating assets, such as selling stock photos, and even renting out your driveway.
Today, I will talk about 17 different types of income-generating assets, but this is not a full list of the best income-producing assets. There are many, many more!
The different types of income-generating assets that I will talk about today include:
1. Dividend-paying stocks
One of the best assets to invest in are dividend-paying stocks.
Dividends are simply a payment in cash or stock that public companies distribute to their shareholders.
The amount of a dividend is determined by a company’s board of directors, and they are given as a way to reward those who have stock in their company. Both private and public companies pay dividends, but not all companies pay dividends.
How do dividends work? If you own shares of a dividend-paying stock, then a dividend is paid per share of that stock. So, if you have 10 shares in Company ABC, and they pay $5 in cash dividends each year, then you will get $50 in dividends that year. While dividends can be paid on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis, they are most commonly paid out quarterly — so, four times a year. In this example, the $5 in cash dividends the company pays each year will most likely be distributed as $1.25 per quarter for each share of stock.
The most common type of dividends are cash dividends. Shareholders may choose to get this deposited right into their brokerage account. Stock dividends are another common type of dividend. In this case, shareholders get extra shares of stock instead of cash.
Both cash dividends and stock dividends are great income-generating assets that will earn more money for you.
As a shareholder, you can earn income when companies distribute profits to their shareholders. Look for stocks with a history of consistent dividend payouts and a high dividend yield. Keep in mind that dividend stocks are still subject to market fluctuations, and just because a company has paid a dividend in the past does not mean that they always will in the future.
2. High-yield savings accounts and CDs
High-yield savings accounts and CDs are a great way to grow your savings, but most people have their money in accounts with low rates. Unfortunately, that means many of you are losing out on some easy money.
Savings accounts at brick-and-mortar banks are known for having really low interest rates. That’s because they have a much higher overhead — paying for the building, paying the tellers to help you in person at the bank, etc.
High-yield savings accounts offer an easy option for earning interest on your cash. Online banks often offer higher interest rates than traditional banks. As of the writing of this blog post, you can easily find high-yield savings accounts that can earn you above 4.00%.
Certificates of Deposit (CDs), another form of income-generating assets, are FDIC insured and provide a guaranteed interest rate over a specific term. Remember that access to your money is limited during the term of the CD. You will agree upon the term before putting your money in the CD. The terms typically vary in length from around 3 months to 5 years.
Money market accounts are also offered by banks and often with a higher yield than other types of savings accounts.
3. Real estate
Real estate is one of the most common income-generating assets that people think of.
Investing in rental properties is a popular way to generate steady cash flow. You can earn rental income from tenants, and properties typically appreciate in value over time.
Location and property management are important factors that can impact your return on investment.
By investing in real estate, you may be investing in residential properties, commercial real estate, short-term rentals, REITs, and more.
Recommended reading: How This Woman In Her 30s Owns 7 Rental Homes
4. Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
An REIT is a company that owns and manages income-producing real estate. They then sell shares to investors like stock.
By investing in REITs, you can make money in the real estate market without actually owning real estate.
So, if you don’t want to be a landlord, then this may be something for you to look into. This makes it much more passive than actually owning real estate and having to manage it.
You can even diversify your income stream with REITs by investing in different property types, such as residential homes, commercial office space, industrial, and retail store properties.
Bonds are fixed-income investments that are issued by governments and companies. If you own a bond, you receive interest payments from borrowers on a regular basis.
An easy way to explain this is: When you buy a bond, you are giving someone a loan and they are agreeing to pay you back with interest.
Bonds with higher credit ratings are generally a safer investment but may offer lower interest rates.
6. Mutual funds
Mutual funds gather funds from investors to invest in stocks, bonds, or other securities. Basically, the funds are pooled together and there’s a fund manager who chooses the best investments.
Income-generating assets like this have multiple types of mutual funds available for multiple types of investors. Some of these fund types include bond funds, stock funds, balanced funds, and index funds.
Mutual funds typically have higher fees because they have fund managers who are actively trying to beat the market.
With a mutual fund, you get diversification because the fund manager mixes the assets in it.
7. Index funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
ETFs and index funds are popular options for those who are looking to diversify their portfolio of income-generating assets.
This is because index funds and ETFs track a specific market index and invest in a wide range of stocks or other assets, instead of picking and choosing stocks in an attempt to beat the market. This is what makes them different from mutual funds.
They often have lower fees and higher diversification compared to actively managed funds.
Annuities are long-term investments offered by insurance companies that give you a guaranteed income stream to build wealth. In exchange for a lump-sum payment or periodic contributions (such as monthly or annually), you’ll receive steady payments in the future.
The way it works is you pay premiums into the annuity for a set amount of time. Later, you stop paying premiums, and the annuity starts sending regular payments to you. Some are even set up to pay you back with a lump sum.
Annuities can be fixed or variable. A fixed annuity offers a guaranteed payment amount — which means a predictable income for you. As for a variable annuity, the payment amount does vary, depending on how the market is doing.
9. Websites and blogs
Starting a website can generate income through the money-making assets of advertising, affiliate marketing, or the sale of products and services.
Since I started Making Sense of Cents, I have earned over $5,000,000 from my blog through affiliate marketing, sponsored partnerships, display advertising, and online courses. These income-generating assets make sense for building wealth.
Blogging allows me to travel as much as I want, have a flexible schedule — and I earn a great income doing it.
Now, it’s not entirely passive, but I do earn semi-passive income from my blog.
You can learn how to start a blog in my How To Start a Blog FREE Course.
Here’s a quick outline of what you will learn:
Day 1: Why you should start a blog
Day 2: How to decide what to write about (your blog niche!)
Day 3: How to create your blog (in this lesson, you will learn how to start a blog on WordPress)
Day 4: The different ways to make money with your blog
Day 5: My advice for making passive income with your blog
Day 6: How to get pageviews
Day 7: Other blogging tips to help you see success
Recommended reading: The 25 Most-Asked Blogging Questions To Get You Started Today
10. Royalties and intellectual property
Intellectual property, such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks, can generate income through licensing fees or royalties. This particular option is good for creative professionals, such as authors, musicians, and inventors, who are looking for income-generating assets.
Royalties are a way to earn income from your creative work or intellectual property. By granting others permission to use or distribute your intellectual property, you can receive ongoing payments known as royalties.
Whether you’re a musician, author, inventor, or artist, royalties offer a passive income stream as your creations continue to generate revenue over time.
Royalties can be paid out periodically or as a lump sum on these passive income assets, depending on your agreement with the licensee.
11. Stock photos
If you have a talent for photography, you can monetize your skills by selling stock photos on platforms such as Shutterstock or Adobe Stock. The more high-quality images you upload, the more potential passive income you can generate.
With stock photography, you simply upload photos that you have taken to a platform such as DepositPhotos, turning your pictures into income-generating assets. Then, you will receive a commission whenever someone buys one of your stock photos.
Stock photos are used for all sorts of reasons by websites, companies, blogs, and more. Businesses need stock photos because they are not usually in the business of taking photos of everything that they need. Instead, they can use stock photos to make their content, website, or business more visually appealing.
Some examples of stock photography include pictures of:
Travel, vacations, landmarks, outdoor adventures
Family members, such as parents, children, family gatherings
Food and drink
Cars, boats, RVs
Businesses, pictures of people in meetings, in an office.
Sports, professional events
Animals, such as household pets or wildlife
The photo possibilities are almost endless for this type of income-generating asset.
Recommended reading: 18 Ways You Can Get Paid To Take Pictures
12. Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending
Crowdfunding platforms enable you to invest in real estate deals with a smaller amount of money than buying real estate up front, giving you a passive income through rental income or even a property increasing in value.
Peer-to-peer lending platforms allow you to lend money directly to borrowers. Typically you can earn higher returns than traditional savings accounts, though there’s always the risk of a borrower not paying you back.
Both of these types of assets — crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending — use technology to connect investors with those looking for funding.
13. Renting out storage space
If you own unused land or unused space in your home, renting it out for storage can be a simple way to generate passive income.
You can offer storage solutions for vehicles or boats. If you have a smaller space, then offer it to store personal belongings. You can rent out your driveway, closet, basement, attic, and more. You can even rent out a shelf.
A website where you can list your storage space is Neighbor. You can earn $100 to $400+ each month on this platform. This depends on the demand in your area and the type of income-generating assets you are renting out. And, you can choose who, what, and when — who to rent to, what things are stored, and when it will happen.
You can learn more at Neighbor Review: Make Money Renting Your Storage Space.
14. Short-term rentals
Short-term rentals can be a lucrative income-generating asset if you own properties in popular tourist destinations or business hubs.
Websites like Airbnb provide a platform to rent out your property to travelers for short periods, potentially generating higher returns than traditional long-term leases.
Furnished Finder is another website for short-term rentals. This is a way to connect with travel nurses in need of short-term housing.
Keep in mind that rental income can be affected by local regulations, potential vacancies, or seasonal fluctuations.
15. Car rentals
Car rental platforms like Turo allow you to rent out your car when you’re not using it. Assets that generate cash flow include your own wheels, and that means no significant initial investment besides the cost of the car you already own.
Be mindful of risks such as wear and tear, insurance, and potential damage caused by renters.
It’s an affordable alternative to traditional rental car companies for customers, and it’s a good way to make money if you’re already working from home and don’t need your car, or are a two-car household.
Turo is one of a few different places to rent out your car, turning your vehicle into one of your income-generating assets. Your car is covered by Turo with up to a $1 million insurance policy. You can also pick the dates for when your car is available and set your rates.
Turo says you can earn an average of $706 per month by listing your car on their site.
16. RV rentals
Similarly to car rentals, RV rentals can provide additional income by renting out your recreational vehicle when you’re not using it. Your RV could easily become one of your income-generating assets.
You may be able to earn $100 to $300 a day, or even more, by renting out your RV on RVShare.
If you have an RV that is just sitting there and not being used, then you may be able to earn an income with it by renting it out to others who are interested in RVing. Cash flow-generating assets like RVs are a win-win for both you and the renter who wants to experience life in a recreational vehicle.
You can learn more at How To Make Extra Money By Renting Out Your RV.
17. Vending machines
With a vending machine business, you can generate income by selling a variety of products, from food to fishing supplies, beauty products to baby items, and more.
You may be able to earn $1,000+ a month by running a vending machine business. That’s enough reason to take a closer look at income-producing assets like this.
You can learn more at How To Start A Vending Machine Business – How I Make $7,000 Monthly.
Questions about income generating assets
Here are common questions that you may have about income-generating assets:
How do I start passive income from nothing?
Starting passive income from nothing requires creativity and resourcefulness. You can begin by identifying skills you possess or interests that can be turned into income-generating opportunities.
What are the assets that generate income?
The assets I talked about above include:
Dividend-paying stocks and stock market investing
High-yield savings accounts and CDs
Index funds and exchange-traded funds
Websites and online businesses
Royalties and intellectual property
Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending
Renting out your storage space
How do I start buying income generating assets?
There are traditional investments or more creative options. Do as much research as you can before deciding which option fits you best.
What are good assets to buy?
After deciding if you want to purchase traditional investments or more creative options, choose an asset that you can afford and best fits your lifestyle.
What are the best assets to buy for beginners?
For beginners seeking income-generating assets, you may want to look into:
Dividend-paying stocks for your investment portfolio
Crowdfunded real estate investing: Platforms like Fundrise allow smaller investments with lower risk exposure.
ETFs and index funds: They provide diversification and passive income through dividends.
What is income generating real estate?
Income-generating real estate refers to properties that produce regular rental income, such as apartments, commercial properties, or short-term vacation rentals.
How do I start passive income in real estate?
There are a few ways that you can earn passive income from real estate, including:
Buying a property, such as an apartment building or duplex, and renting it out to tenants
Using real estate crowdfunding platforms
Investing in REITs
How to make passive income with real estate without owning property?
You don’t need to actually own property in order to make money with real estate. Instead, you can earn passive income from real estate by investing in REITs and using real estate crowdfunding platforms.
This is an option for those who want to be diversified with their income-generating assets but don’t want to spend all of their money or time on a single piece of real estate.
How to make $1,000 a day in passive income?
Making $1,000 a day in passive income with assets that produce income will not be easy. If it were easy, then everyone would be doing it, after all.
Making $1,000 a day in passive income may require a large amount of money up front, diversifying into different assets mentioned above, and lots of patience from you because it will take time to make that kind of money.
You may want to start off by focusing on building multiple income streams and reinvesting your profits as you earn them.
What to think about before investing in income producing assets?
There are many different things to think about when it comes to income-generating assets. You want to find the best assets to invest your money in that will also be the best fit for you.
Remember, as I said at the beginning of this article, not everything will be applicable to everyone. Everyone is different! You may prefer to create a stock photo portfolio and hate real estate, whereas someone else may really enjoy being a real estate investor — or it may even be the other way around.
Here are some of my tips if you are interested in income-generating assets:
Do your research and talk to experts —I recommend researching as much as you can on the asset you are interested in. And, if you still have questions, don’t be afraid to talk to an expert.
Diversify — One of the important parts of building a successful income-generating portfolio is finding ways to be diversified.
Think about the risks —When making money, there’s usually some sort of risk. I recommend evaluating the risks and seeing what you are comfortable with.
What are the best books on income generating assets?
Some highly recommended books on income-generating assets include:
The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins
The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle
Income Generating Assets — Summary
I hope you enjoyed this article on the best income-generating assets. As you learned, there are many different types of assets that you can invest in so that you can earn an income.
The best income-producing assets, if they’re right for you, can truly change your life.
With these assets, you can build wealth through a reliable passive income, giving you peace of mind and freedom to live life on your own terms.
Are you looking to build income-generating assets? What are your favorite ways?