Archive for October, 2012


Short Sales: Fertile Ground for Fraud

The effects of the 2008-2011 housing collapse continue to be felt across the US, as foreclosures percolate through the courts and lenders, as homeowners struggle to make monthly mortgage payments. This shadow side of the rebounding housing market has spawned a number of frauds and scams preying on desperate homeowners – none, perhaps, more so […]

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Distressed Homeowners Take the Short Sale Option

how can i get my ex back Before the great mortgage crisis of 2008 – 2011, relatively few people outside the real estate community knew much about specialized terms like ARM or short sale. But as more and more houses fell into foreclosure, these words made headlines across the Else went get really are ordered […]

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Insurance Protects Investment Income

Even in a volatile market, rental income property remains a relatively low-risk investment, with the potential for long-term returns as long as tenants are in place to pay rents. But incidents can happen to create liability for an investor, or to cause a loss of property income for a period of time, which jeopardizes the […]

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Flopping Houses: A New Kind of Mortgage Fraud

In the aftermath of the mortgage meltdown of a few years ago, several new varieties of mortgage fraud emerged, as buyers and sellers scrambled to grab properties and turn them over as fast as possible. Among the latest: , a strategy in which sellers deliberately deface and destroy parts of houses in an effort to […]

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Fannie Mae Sells Foreclosures to Large Investors

how do i get my ex girlfriend back Federal mortgage entities Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have helped place many Americans in homes of their own. Now, as Fannie Mae announces plans for bulk sales of many of the foreclosures it’s held since the 2008-2011 housing collapse, those individual home buyers – and today’s solo […]

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Mortgage Market Changes: Good News for Investors

how can i get my ex girlfriend back The housing collapse of 2008-2011 changed the landscape of mortgage lending. In the aftermath of massive defaults on mortgages all over the country, new standards set by lenders helped to create a new class of “permanent” renters while at the same time offering new opportunities to investors […]

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Mortgage Markets: Silver Lining for Investors?

In 100 major housing markets around the country it’s cheaper to buy a house than rent. As rising rent prices outstrip mortgage payments, becoming a homeowner holds allure for many short and long term renters. But even with homeownership backed by the US Federal Reserve, large numbers of people continue to remain in the rental […]

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The Shadow Side of the Housing Rebound

A new US News and World Report article on the recent upswing in the housing market also points out that, although the foreclosure crisis of a few years ago has largely disappeared from front-page news, it continues to loom in the background as housing starts and sales begin to rise. Foreclosure cases from the original […]

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Investing Makes Sense at Any Age

For new college graduates and young professionals just starting their careers, the US employment picture is improving but still far from secure. Many new college graduates face increasing competition for jobs, with large numbers of professionals forced to settle for lower paying or part-time work outside their field – if they can get jobs at […]

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Mortgage Industry Changes: Boon for Housing Investment?

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A Nation of Renters: Multi and Single Family Housing

One indicator of a resurging housing market is the number of new starts, or new housing construction projects, and permits applied for in a particular market. Traditionally, this has meant an upswing in home ownership, since most new housing construction is centered on single-family homes. But according to recent statistics published by Forbes online, current […]

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Rental Markets: What Makes a Good One?

A recent CNBC report discussed the rental real estate market and the new profile of the hottest market in real estate. According to the report, the fallout from distressed properties continues, with over 5 million loans falling into foreclosure or with properties already on the market in 2012. For investors following Jason Hartman's advice to […]

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Is Debt a Good Thing for Investors?

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Condos: Hybrid Housing, Risky Investment

The upswing in rental markets around the country has property investors examining all available options for creating income from rentals. Though single-family homes and multiplex housing units such as duplexes and triplexes have grabbed the headlines as good options for income investing, some investors are also turning attention to the forgotten market of condominiums. But […]

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Investing for Retirement: Never Too Late

According to recent reports from Forbes, the AARP and other sources for financial planning, the traditional picture of retirement in the United States is a precarious thing indeed. More and more “pre-retirees” are nearing retirement age never having It my brushes smooth something found of glue and time may tried. Product EDT irritating – have […]

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Property, Not Land, Yields Returns

The Urban Land Institute's latest report, Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2012, states that land in general is a sound investment, citing an increase in housing and commercial construction and rising land values in markets around the country. But as Jason Hartman points out, land – as opposed to property – is a highly speculative […]

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Buy and Hold: The Path to Investing Wealth

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Inflation: An Upside for Investors?

Third quarter statistics for 2012, and projections for the next five years, reflect the impact of inflation on consumer life in the US. With inflation rates hovering at 2 to 3 percent, virtually everyone feels the impact of a dollar that doesn’t go as far as it used to. There’s no real upside to inflation […]

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Maximize Returns Through Improvements

Housing is a universal need, part of what psychologist Abraham Maslow called “primary” needs that must be met for survival. With the Earth’s population expected to increase by 1 million over the next thirty years or so, the demand for housing can only increase. While the amount of available land is relatively finite, the value […]

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Real Estate ROI: When Inflation is a Good Thing

In economic terms, the prospect of inflation sets off alarms and fears of out of control spending. But viewed as part of the return of investment, or ROI, on real estate income property, inflation can actually help boost a property’s return by reducing the value of the debt associated with it. Since each property has […]

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