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Do Lenders Manipulate Mortgage Rates?

Do Lenders Manipulate Mortgage Rates?


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In recent posts we’ve discussed the current state of mortgage interest rates on the US housing market as a whole and where those rates might be expected to go in the coming months. But the topic bears revisiting since mortgage rates are tied to a number of constantly changing factors, including the...

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Mortgage Fraud is on the Rise


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Although it appeared that the mortgage industry had weathered the storm of scandal that peaked during the “robosigning” scandal of a few years ago, mortgage fraud in 2012 was up 31 percent from the previous year alone, targeting homeowners and investors alike with a wide range of schemes in all areas...

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After the Fiscal Cliff: Some Breaks Survive


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New Year’s Day came and went, and thanks to last-minute maneuvering, lawmakers avoided rushing like lemmings over the projected fiscal cliff. But as the dust settles and details emerge about the implications of the last minute deal, one thing is uncomfortably clear: over 75% of Americans can expect...

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Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Help Investors?


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With a flurry of heated, last minute negotiating in the early hours of the New Year, the warring houses of the US government struck a deal on the “fiscal cliff” of the budget crisis. While the compromise deal left major spending cuts in place and eliminated some hoped-for benefits, economists and...

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Federal Refinancing Help Expands for 2013


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Government backed refinancing programs are being expanded for 2013, a move that’s expected to allow more mortgage holders to take advantage of low interest rates and more attractive terms. These new standards embrace a wider range of eligible loans and borrowers – and that may be good news for heroic...

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Jumping Off the Fiscal Cliff: Where Do Investors Land?

Jumping Off the Fiscal Cliff: Where Do Investors Land?


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Soft descent or splat at the bottom of the ravine?  With only a few days of 2012 remaining, the “fiscal cliff” of financial budget troubles remains unresolved, and, according to recent reports, is likely to stay that way, except for small adjustments that lawmakers can put in place before the year’s...

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Why Invest Now?


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As year and analyses of the housing market’s performance in 2012 keep rolling in, along with numerous lists of trends for 2012 and beyond, the mixed messages from different areas of the housing market are enough to give any heroic investor pause. Is the market improving? What about mortgage lending...

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Year End Tax Planning for Investors

Year End Tax Planning for Investors


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As 2012 draws to a close, financial experts remind heroic investors to make end of the year tax planning a priority. Since tax laws are frequently being updated and situations change, property owners may be eligible for new deductions and credits to save on taxes. Repairs, improvements and costs of doing...

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It Matters Who Owns Your Loan

It Matters Who Owns Your Loan


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Buying a home, whether for investment purposes or as a primary residence, typically involves a mortgage loan of some type – most likely, the 30 year fixed rate mortgage recommended by Jason Hartman’s investing strategies. And to get that loan, property buyers generally work with a bank, credit union...

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HI 28 - Rich Man Poor Man with Bill Whittle

HI 28 – Rich Man Poor Man with Bill Whittle


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Jason Hartman talks with Bill Whittle, host of Afterburner, regarding poverty levels in the United States and the strategies that undermine democracy and free markets.  Bill’s opinion is that America has the richest poor people in the world, versus countries like Africa, where millions of people live...

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