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 Interest Rates 2015:  Defying Expectations?

Interest Rates 2015: Defying Expectations?

For the past year or more, experts in finance and real estate have watched the movement of interest rates with a wary eye. Now, as a new year opens, those experts are weighing in with predictions about what investors can expect in the coming months- and years. And they’re basing their predictions on...

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Changing Demographics Shape Rental Demand

Changing Demographics Shape Rental Demand

Rental real estate isn’t what it used to be – and for investors hoping to build wealth through investment property, that’s a good thing. Changing social, cultural and economic trends are creating some surprising new groups of long term tenants with needs and interests that create both opportunities...

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The 3% Down Payment Makes a Comeback

The 3% Down Payment Makes a Comeback

Federal lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are announcing a major change in their mortgage lending requirements, and that has some housing market watchers worried. Will lower down payment requirements boost a stagnant market – or lead to another collapse? Fannie and Freddie, two leading players...

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real estate scams: red flags

New Real Estate Scam Shows Red Flags

After defrauding hundreds of real estate investors in the US and Canada, a group of Detroit-area telemarketers are on the lam, sought by US and international authorities on a variety of charges. Their all too common story serves as a dramatic illustration of common real estate scams – and the kinds...

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successful investors thnk young and old

Successful Investors Think Young – and Old

Millennials – those born between about 1983 and 2003 – now make up the largest age group in the US, eclipsing even the legendary baby boomers. On the other end of the spectrum, the number of centenarians is expected to reach over 200,000 by 2020 – nearly triple the current population. These...

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HOAs BeathLenders To the Punch

HOAs Beat Lenders to the Punch

In the real estate world, homeowner’s associations are almost universally loathed. Their pitched battles with homeowners who put out the wrong lawn decorations or paint their houses an inappropriate color have made news in cities across the country. But in a recent Nevada court case, one such HOA...

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Government Lenders Loosen Standrads

Will Easier Lending Help Housing – or Hurt It?

The US housing market is on the rebound – or is it? As housing prices rise, mortgage lending stays flat. Venerable government mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a solution for that – but critics worry that it might trigger another housing collapse. Fannie Mae, AKA the Federal National...

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 Buy Cheap Real Estate? Strings Are Attached

Buy Cheap Real Estate? Strings Are Attached

In California, a stately mansion is up for sale. The price? Just one dollar. In Detroit, a two-story house is on the market. The owner will take an iPhone for it. Or any similar device. An older home with land can be had in New Mexico for the trade of a motorcycle or running truck. Are these homes...

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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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5 Fair Housing Mistakes

5 Things Landlords Must Know About Fair Housing

If you’re investing in income property for the long term, you’re going to be wearing a lot of hats: investor, entrepreneur – and landlord. Getting just the right renters is key to the health of your investment – but the steps you take to find and keep those tenants have to comply with the Fair...

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