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Rate Your Landlord? New Sites Give Tenants a Voice

It’s a given that potential renters can expect some scrutiny from landlords taking tenant applications. Credit histories, references from previous landlords and other information become fair game in the quest to find reliable, solvent, non-destructive tenants for your investment property. But now,...

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With interest rates staying low and lenders rolling out new refinancing plans to court anxious homeowners, is this a good time for investors to refinance rental property too?  Although most new incentives for refinancing are directed at residential homeowners, investors, too, may find that refinancing...

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Homewner Assistance May Not Stop Forelosure

After settling with the government over the massive foreclosure abuses of a few years ago, the nation’s largest lenders are taking credit for homeowner assistance programs that, they say, have boosted the housing recovery by helping thousands of struggling homeowners to avoid foreclosure. But according...

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New Federal Support for Struggling Homeowners

The recovery of the housing market continues apace, prodded by an array of Federal interventions aimed at keeping mortgage rates low and propping up vulnerable homeowners who might otherwise end up in foreclosure. Now, the government is ushering in the New Year with plans for a new round of homeowner...

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Buying Foreign Property: Retirement Dream or Nightmare?

Retiring abroad is the hot new trend in retirement planning. Numerous guides and resources encourage new retirees to embrace a low-cost, low-stress lifestyle in another country where, expatriates say, it’s possible to get inexpensive medical care while saving pension money for a rich cultural experience....

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The Shadow Inventory Has a Shadow

Rising home prices, limited inventory and low mortgage interest rates are being hailed as more encouraging signs of the recovery of the housing market. But a closer look at the factors driving this apparent rebound suggests that the much-anticipated “recovery” may be a superficial construct, propped...

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Name a House, Clinch a Sale?

Rockport by the Sea. Whitecrest, Quarry House. In earlier times, only the great country estates were worthy of bearing a name. But now, US homes both large and small are carrying names both stately and whimsical – and the trend may mean big bucks when the property is sold. The trend in naming properties...

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Do Artificial Interventions Sustain the Housng Recovery?

The housing recovery is back on track – or is it? Indicators such as rising prices and low inventory of available houses for sale in many markets appear to suggest that the effects of the hosing collapse of a few years ago are fading. But some industry professionals point out that the “recovery”...

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No Closing Cost Mortgages: An Option for Investors?

In spite of continued low interest rates, mortgage applications remain slow in many areas of the US housing market. So, after the series of scandals, settlements and new regulations that marked the aftermath of the housing collapse of 2008, leading mortgage servicers are offering a virtual menu of financing,...

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Hot Rental Markets: A Good Year For Landlords

Rising rents and a widening pool of ready tenants are making 2013 the year of the landlord in many areas of the US housing market. As the economy continues its crawl out of a recent slump, more people are choosing – or are forced by circumstance – to rent dwellings rather than own them. That means...

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