Tag Archives: bond

Low Interest Rates

Low interest rates are very enticing. I want to suggest caution, because an increase in interest rates will dramatically affect the value of real property. Real estate is a “borrowed money” business. The cost and structure of financing determines the income valuation of the property. Similar to bonds, the value varies inversely to the yield […]

Investing in Rental Properties

I just watched yet another “Personal Finance Guru” on cable TV who recommends NOT to invest in rental income properties, but instead to invest in municipal bonds, claiming that such debt instruments are paying 5% to 6% tax free and are much safer than rental properties. To use the guru’s favorite retort, “Are you kidding […]

Risk Spread Premium

Risk Spread Premium I just read a short article from a real estate guru. He was talking about the “Risk Spread Premium” on real estate Capitalization (CAP) Rates compared to the 10-year US Treasury bond. His basic assertion is to compare the difference (spread) between the average CAP rate of income properties to the yield […]