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This Fall, Housing’s Bright in Austin

This Fall, Housing’s Bright in Austin


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Austin, Texas comes alive in the fall. This bustling city is home to music, arts, a busy commercial center – and a robust housing market offering an array of investing opportunities. And this fall, in a little over two weeks, Austin plays host to Jason Hartman’s Austin Executive Property Tour event. Slated...

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Home Equity: Not as Secure As It Seems?

Home Equity: Not as Secure As It Seems?


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The story flies in the face of conventional wisdom about home ownership. A Washington DC homeowner loses his fully paid for home— with all its accumulated equity – all because of an unpaid property tax bill totaling just $134. That’s the world of tax lien sales –a not always scrupulous avenue...

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As Gold Declines, Silver Rises in Metals Trading

As Gold Declines, Silver Rises in Metals Trading


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The gold standard may be giving way to the white standard. As gold prices bounce up and down, mostly down, it’s the white metals – silver, platinum, palladium and, to a lesser extent, aluminum and tin --  that continue to quietly make gains in the market. And since recent investing reports have...

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Lobbyists Push Changes to the Dodd Frank Act

Lobbyists Push Changes to the Dodd Frank Act


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It’s been three years since the Dodd Frank Act became law, but the legislation – intended to head off another crisis in mortgage backed securities – is still evolving, as bank regulators and lawmakers try to shape the Act’s broad provisions into specific rules and regulations. Because of that,...

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Information Overload Blurs Investing Goals

Information Overload Blurs Investing Goals


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The Internet makes all the finance and investing information you’ll ever need available all the time. And as we’ve been reporting in this space, new mobile technologies mean that you’ll never be without access to all that stuff, wherever you go. But does all this constant connectivity help -- or...

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5 Apps for the Mobile Investor

5 Apps for the Mobile Investor


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Smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and Android – mobile devices are the heirs of the home computer, making it possible to do business anywhere and everywhere. There’s an app for virtually every need, including investing and managing investment properties. Here’s a rundown of five handy or entertaining...

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Is Housing Headed for Another Crash?

Is Housing Headed for Another Crash?


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The advent of “Septaper” – the Federal Reserve’s September taper down of its stimulus plan –- seems to send a vote of confidence about the long awaited recovery of the housing market. But some market observers and economists worry that the recovery may not be as solid as it seems – and that...

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7 Quotes for Long Term Investing Success

7 Quotes for Long Term Investing Success


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The best words of wisdom on investing and finance are ageless – and they speak to the enduring truths about what’s important for success. From Mark Twain to Warren Buffet, market watchers from vastly different perspectives point out again and again that building wealth through investing is a long-term...

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Home Security: Keeping Your Investments Safe

Home Security: Keeping Your Investments Safe


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Break-ins, burglaries and vandalism plague cities both large and smale, and new statistics show that one in four home invasions happens when someone is at home. Keeping rental properties secure is a priority for both renters and landlords – and keeping those issues clear can save money, time and even...

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Qualified Mortgage Rate Changes Help Buyers – And Lenders

Qualified Mortgage Rate Changes Help Buyers – And Lenders


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The Qualified Mortgage Rule won’t become official until 2014, but already federal regulators are proposing changes to its mortgage lending provisions. That’s a move hailed by housing industry professionals and advocates who feared that the Rule’s tighter lending standards could strangle the housing...

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