Spring returns, and so does Money with its annual "Real Estate Guide 2014." They're concentrating on four categories of housing markets for the forecast, namely: Booming Growth Cities, Upscale Neighborhoods, New Investor Favorites, and Once Hot, Now Not. In each category, Money squares up helpful tips for buyers, sellers, and owners who find themselves in those four common types of markets this year.
Part of the guide is Lisa Gibbs' "When Wall Street Becomes A Landlord," a synopsis of the latest wave of influence in the marketplace: large investors and single-family rental REITs. Atlanta's suburbs are spotlighted. "This second wave of housing investors is spending billions to flip foreclosures into single-family rentals. In January  one in every four homes sold in Atlanta went to a large investor, four times the national average," Gibbs cites RealtyTrac. Bundled rental income from single-family assets is backing a "new breed of bonds," although investors so far, writes Gibbs, "have not been enthusiastic."
Josh Garskof contributes rules of thumb for working with general contractors in, "Ready to Renovate? Here's the First Move You Must Make." The sweeping eye-in-the-sky images are provided by aerial and portrait photographer Cameron Davidson.