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Can Regulation Crush Small Business?

Can Regulation Crush Small Business?


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How did hummus – that lowly spread made of chickpeas and tahini – become the poster child for regulations that put a stranglehold on innovation and entrepreneurship? The recent tiff between Sabra, a leading maker of hummus, and a few purveyors of variations on the theme have a lot to show us about...

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Does a College Degreee  Pay For Itself?

Does a College Degreee Pay For Itself?


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The looming student debt “bubble” has undergone some much-publicized comparisons to the housing bubble that burst so spectacularly a few years ago. Now, though, a new study suggests that across the board, college graduates earn nearly a hundred percent more than their peers who don’t have a degree....

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Social Media Opens Doors For Investors

Social Media Opens Doors For Investors


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Social media is changing the way the world does business. For income property investors, social media connections can be an invaluable ally, powerful tools to help you stay safe, informed and in control, as Jason Hartman recommends. A few years ago, social media sites were places to connect with friends...

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Worried About Retirement? Investing Can Help

Worried About Retirement? Investing Can Help


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For many Americans, the old assumptions about retirement just don’t work in today’s world. When, how and even whether to retire at all are now questions that don’t have a clear answer. And as the retirement picture becomes cloudier, reasons to invest for the long term in real estate become clearer. In...

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Where Have All the Mortgages Gone?

Where Have All the Mortgages Gone?


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Interest rates for typical mortgages are hovering around 4 percent – but potential homebuyers aren’t biting. Overall, applications for both refinancing and home mortgages are down by 48 percent this year, according to a new CNBC report – and market watchers are wondering what that could mean for...

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Do You Need a Personal Brand?

Do You Need a Personal Brand?


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The concept of “branding” is everywhere these days, as marketing gurus and business guides stress the importance of having a unique and recognizable public identity, whether you’re a large corporation, an entrepreneur or even a job seeker just entering the employment world. But do you need a personal...

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Are You a Slave To Technology?

Are You a Slave To Technology?


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If the Internet suddenly disappeared, if your iPad screen went permanently blank, if the television remote stopped working, what would you do? If you’re like a lot of people around the world, you’d be climbing the walls. Maybe such a sweeping technology blackout isn’t likely – but for all too...

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Long Term Invstments Save On Capital Gains Tax

Long Term Invstments Save On Capital Gains Tax


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“Know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em,” goes the old Kenny Rogers song. Turns out, smart investors know that holding ‘em – real estate assets, that is – is the route to building wealth. Among the many benefits of buying and holding income property: dodging the bite of the dreaded...

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House Flipping Is Like Investing In Gold

House Flipping Is Like Investing In Gold


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Gold prices are on the upswing again after months of slumping, and the precious metals market is once again teasing investors with the promise of big gains – fast. But the nature of that kind of investing means that while investors may make money, it’s a bit of instant gratification that has little...

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Real Estate Beats Gold for  Long Term Returns

Real Estate Beats Gold for Long Term Returns


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Good as gold? For investors hoping to create long term wealth, that old phrase rings pretty hollow. As the prices of gold and other precious metals bounce up and down in response to conditions in various parts of the world, real estate beats the glittery stuff hands down for long-term returns. Precious...

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