Posts Tagged ‘income property’


Fannie Mae Sues US and Foreign Banks

Bank fraud goes international once again in a new lawsuit filed by mortgage megalender Fannie Mae. Joining the long line of lawsuits filed against the nation’s major banks by the US Department of Justice and various state attorneys general, the new action by Fannie Mae targets both domestic and foreign lending institutions and exposes more […]

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Are Community Nuisance Ordinances Constitutional?

Laws against public crime and misbehavior have been around for years. Virtually every community has ordinances – and consequences – for public drunkenness, loitering, vagrancy and the like. But a new kind of law aimed at crushing neighborhood crime allows law enforcement to outsource policing to local property owners – and, a new court challenge […]

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Can Online Auctions Boost the Recovery?

“Going, going, gone!” And the gavel slams down. If that’s your image of an auction sale, think again. Although “real world” auctions are still around, letting people bid on everything from livestock to acreage, auction sales have gone online in a big way. And because pnline real estate auctions offer a quick and no-frills way […]

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Will Rising Interest Rates Slow the Economy?

To offset the risk of an economic slowdown after the government’s 16-day hiatus, the Federal Reserve has opted to stay the course on its much publicized stimulus program. But although one goal of the multibillion-dollar securities buyup was to keep interest rates low, those rates are creeping upward anyway – and, according to a new […]

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The Dollar Falls, the Stimulus Stays the Course

The government showdown –er, shutdown – has ended and the debt ceiling has risen, but the economic fallout has experts worried about the future. The 16-day hiatus didn’t affect just government programs and services – it rippled all through the economy. As the dollar sinks to lows not seen in nearly a year, the Federal […]

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Mortgage Lending Concerns Spawn New Industries

In the wake of repeated lawsuits and the arrival of the sweeping Dodd Frank Act for consumer protection in lending, the mortgage industry is facing more scrutiny of its actions – and more accountability for the risky loans it makes. The perceived vulnerability of these large (and small) institutions has created new opportunities for software […]

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Can a Government Shutdown Shut Down the Housing Recovery?

It’s official: the government is shutting down for an unspecified period of time as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle struggle to play nice. The situation is sending ripples throughout the economy, as government-sponsored programs of all kinds come to a standstill and workers go home without pay. Not surprisingly, housing advocates and investing […]

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Who Wins With the Qualified Mortgage Rule?

It’s been said that clouds have silver linings, and that sentiment seems to hold true in the current attempts to bring accountability and quality control to the mortgage industry. Although the provisions of the new Qualified Mortgage Rule has drawn the ire of both mortgage lenders and housing advocates, recent tweaks to the rule have […]

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Low Rates and High Standards: Stalemate for Housing?

In the wake of the Federal Reserve’s new announcement that they’ll be keeping their massive securities buyup on track for now, things look rosier for global trading – and for consumer markets at home. But even as the Fed’s decision is being welcomed for its intended effects of boosting home sales, some fear that new […]

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5 Ways to Prevent Landlord-Tenant Conflicts

Just about everywhere in the country, landlord-tenant lawsuits are clogging – and backlogging – court dockets for issues small and large. The area of housing law boasts specialists in just these kinds of cases. The hot rental market is one of the key factors driving the housing recovery – but the often- adversarial relationship between […]

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Tenant Recruiting Feeds a Hot Rental Market

Housing continues its upswing, and that’s driving growth in other economic sectors too. And a major contributor to the strength of the housing market is the bustling rental marketplace, which spells good news for income property investors as well as renters. Well, some renters anyway – as landlords fed up with problem tenants skirt fair […]

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Tax Lien Investing and the Myth of Home Equity

It’s a core piece of the conventional wisdom about home ownership: your equity is your security. But a recent Washington Pot story about the often-unscrupulous practice of tax lien investing points out that home equity it took years to build can vanish in a virtual moment – a fate not shared by mortgaged property. According […]

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Housing Lobbyists Flex Muscle in Mortgage Lending

The mortgage meltdown of a few years ago caused ripples through all areas of the economy and triggered a series of legislative and legal efforts to right the troubled, tricky boat of mortgage lending. One of those bills, the Dodd Frank Act, was an ambitions attempt to protect borrowers as well as hold lenders at […]

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The Age of Information – Or Confusion?

TMI – too much information – not only makes for awkward social moments, but when you’re immersed in the round the clock flow of constantly available information, some experts say it can also derail goals and impair decision making. For investors and anyone who relies on the many internet sources available to get information and […]

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Investing on the Go: 5 Useful Apps

Mobile technology keeps users connected wherever they are, with virtually all the functions of a computer available at the touch of a finger on a smartphone or tablet. The business of app – for “application” – creation is booming, and apps for business and finance lead the list of new offerings. Investors can track developments […]

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Can the Housing Upswing Predict a Downturn?

Is the housing market glass half full – or half empty? As home prices rise and the inventory of available houses falls, many experts in and out of the industry see more encouraging signs of a long term recovery that provides a firm foundation for other areas of the economy, too. But a growing number […]

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7 Words of Wisdom For Today’s Investor

Speculation and quick money schemes promise instant riches to hungry investors. But the truth about building wealth through investing is less glamorous, though ultimately more satisfying. From Mark Twain to Warren Buffet, market watchers from vastly different perspectives have pointed out again and again that building wealth through investing is a long-term process that yields […]

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Home Security: Save Money, Avoid Legal Fees

Home security issues – from break-ins to slips on a sidewalk — fuel a multibillion-dollar industry that includes technology, consumer advice and even medical and legal fees. Although residential security is a necessity for every property owner, it’s an especially thorny area for landlords, who have to fulfill legal requirements as well as accommodate the […]

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Social Media Tools: A Game Changer for Investors

Social media has forever changed how people do business. From the early days of personal blogs and Facebook accounts for chatting with family and friends, social media sites ranging from the obvious old standbys like Twitter and Facebook to more specialized professional services like LinkedIn have leveled the playing field for both business people and […]

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Fannie and Freddie Tweak the Numbers For Profit’s Sake

In the nearly five years since the nations historic housing collapse, megalenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have gone from bankruptcy and government bailout to posting record profits. But as Washington policy makers ponder their future, a new report from the two agencies’ overseers claims that those profit numbers may be offset by Famine and […]

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