Archive for February, 2013


Rising Rents: A Landlord’s Market

p>In spite of other economic downturns, rental housing prices are going up at a clip of about five to seven percent s year – with the trend expected to continue throughout 2013 and beyond.  While that many not seem like much,  the continued upswing in rents – and in housing in general – boosts the […]

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Passive Activity: A Tax Break for Investors

p>Being passive is not generally considered a positive trait, but as far as income tax is concerned, passive income gets breaks not afforded the active variety. That’s good news this tax season for income property investors, who can write off passive activity from their rental homes or multiplexes on this year’s taxes – one of […]

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New Home Construction: Barrier to Recovery?

The recovery of the US housing market after its historic collapse of a few years ago depends on many factors, all linked to the health of the economy as a whole. While financial and economic experts point to such issues as problems with mortgage lending, the need to help distressed homeowners and lingering foreclosure actions, […]

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Foreign Real Estate: Pitfalls for US Investors

While US housing industry news regularly carries stories about the increasing numbers of foreign investors large and small snapping up properties all across the country, a growing number of Americans are seeking to become foreign investors, too, buy buying properties or shares in properties around the globe. But although foreign property investment appears to offer […]

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Rising Home Prices: What Do They Mean?

p>As the housing market continues its fitful journey back to stability after the crash of 2008, many industry watchers believed that the bad old days of the housing “bubble” that led to the collapse were gone for good. But now, as housing prices continue to spiral upward in many markets, those financial and real estate […]

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The Bad Thing About Housing Bubbles – They Come Back

p>Both the financial media and numerous discussions here at Jason Hartman's AmericanMonetaryAssociation.com have been devoted to the topic of the 2002 to 2006 housing bubble, which was followed by an all out price collapse, caused by the foreclosure crisis and other factors. The natural reaction is to think that we won’t have to worry about […]

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Low Interest Rates and the Pension Plan Crisis

In virtually all areas of both the public and private sectors, employee pension plans have become increasingly vulnerable, leaving those counting on pension benefits to face an uncertain financial future. Now, a new culprit in the pension plan crisis is emerging – the low interest rates touted as a way to stimulate economic grown and […]

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Why is Fair Isaac in Charge of Your Credit Score?

p>A recent study conducted by the online dating site Match.com reported that along with asking a first date about jobs, interests and family, more and more relationship-seekers are also inquiring about their prospective partner’s credit scores. For many, the credit score – those magical numbers between 300 and 850 that signify a person’s ability to […]

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