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WillYou Outive Your Money?

Will You Outlive Your Money?

Can you predict how long you’ll live? People have turned to real age calculators, family history patterns and fortunetellers for years to get the answer. But new research suggests that our best estimates of our likely lifespans are wrong – way wrong. And it turns out that underestimating the length...

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Home Loan or Investment Loan?

Home Loan or Investment Loan?

The road to successful investing is often paved with other people’s money. And that usually means a mortgage. Taking out a mortgage to finance rental property is the smartest move an investor can make. Just ask Jason Hartman, whose “refi till you die” strategy for building wealth in real estate...

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The Rental Market:  A Smorgasbord for Investors

The Rental Market: A Smorgasbord for Investors

The rental market is hot right now, the headlines say. Home ownership is down, and rents are going up. It’s a good time to cash in on the growing demand for rental housing. But hold on a minute. Not all rental markets are created equal. And while rents are rising and it really is a good time to be...

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What Makes a Good Landlord?

What Makes a Good Landlord?

You’ve found the right properties, made all the arrangements, and you’re all set to start your investing career with tenants ready to pay the rent. But that’s just the beginning. You’re a landlord now – and making those investments work for you over the long-term calls for hands on proactive...

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retirement may be hazardous to your health

Retirement May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Retirement’s not what it used to be. Or perhaps it never really was. As midlife Americans look toward planning for what they hope will be a second life of leisure with family and friends after decades in the work force, new research suggests that retirement in the traditional sense could actually kill...

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Abundance: the Future Looks Bright

Abundance: Don’t Fear the Future

It seems that the headlines of the day are always filled with relentless drumbeat of sad news: the economy’s slow, jobs are stagnant, crisis and chaos grip the world. But a new book that takes a look at the big picture of economic and cultural trends over the last century or so offers a bold challenge...

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Are You a Subjective Investor?

Are You a Subjective Investor?

There are plenty of times when the heart, not the head, governs decision-making. We buy a car because it fits the image we want to show the world, choose clothes that make us feel good. But while emotions have their place in the choices we make, successful investing requires decision making that’s...

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Real Estate Never Goes Out of Style

Real Estate Never Goes Out of Style

Don't wait to buy real estate, buy real estate and wait, as the saying goes. And while it’s true that now is a pretty good time to make that first investment in rental real estate, it’s always a good time to buy investment property – and hold on to it. Real estate is the asset that keeps on giving....

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Human Migration Reveals Market Strengths

Human Migration Reveals Market Strengths

Migration isn’t just for birds and beasts making their annual trek to better feeding spots and warmer winters. Humans migrate too, and in real estate-speak, the patterns of human migration – into or out of a particular area – can be pretty good indicator of investing success. "In-migration" is...

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Can Unemployment Derail Housing’s Recovery?

Can Unemployment Derail Housing’s Recovery?

Although the housing market seems to be rebounding, with higher home prices and lower mortgage interest rates, one group is conspicuously absent from the recovery: the “Millennials,” young college graduates who make up the largest demographic group in the country. And some housing professionals fear...

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