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Buying Property? Plan Ahead

Buying Property? Plan Ahead


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Everybody needs a place to live, says Jason Hartman, and that’s why real estate remains a solid investment that can weather many of the ups and downs of the economy in general. And now, continued low interest rates and a housing market on the rebound combine to create new opportunities in income property...

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Is a New Housing Bubble on the Horizon?

Is a New Housing Bubble on the Horizon?


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Since the housing collapse of the mid-2000s, housing experts and financial analysts have been on the lookout for signs of a new housing bubble on the horizon. Now, amid news of rising housing prices and shortages of homes for sale, some fear that the reappearance of no-interest loan products may be the...

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How Does Student Loan Debt Hurt the Housing Market?

How Does Student Loan Debt Hurt the Housing Market?


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In recent posts we’ve taken a look at the looming crisis of out of control student debt – a burden that many new and recent college graduates must shoulder for much, if not all, of their working lives – and which has a ripple effect in other areas of the economy as well. Now, new studies on the...

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Lawyer Scams Target thT Housing Market

Lawyer Scams Target thT Housing Market


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If Nigerian money transfers and fake refinancing promotions weren't enough, scammers keep coming up with still more ways to defraud and otherwise take advantage of unwary or struggling homeowners and income property investors. Now, new warnings about real estate scams focus on ways fake real estate attorneys...

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Good Debt Gone Bad: the Student Loan Trap

Good Debt Gone Bad: the Student Loan Trap


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In a previous post, we took a look at why new and recent college graduates saddled with student loans are wary of taking on the traditional debts of adult life: car loans and mortgages. Now, a closer look at the financial habits of the people known as “Generation Y” point sup the differences between...

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New Grads Fear Mortgage Debt

New Grads Fear Mortgage Debt


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Student loan debt may the next bubble waiting to burst – with potential repercussions for many other areas of the economy, particularly housing. Although new and recent grads are playing a large part in the rising rental demand, the student loan debt they’re carrying makes it impractical, if not...

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Terrorism Insurance? Maybe Not

Terrorism Insurance? Maybe Not


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After a week of violence and terror that paralyzed the city of Boston and riveted the country, officials are calculating the true toll of the bombings at the Boston Marathon – a cost measured not only in loss of life but in economic terms. But unless the bombings are officially labeled a “terrorist...

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Wronged Homeowners Get Bouncing Settlement Checks

Wronged Homeowners Get Bouncing Settlement Checks


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It’s been nearly four years since a group of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders agreed to a settlement in lawsuits charging them with fraud, wrongful evictions and other abuses in the “robosigning” scandal of 2008-9. Now, according to a New York Times update, checks from the settlement are...

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What’s in a Home:  Changing Priorities in Housing

What’s in a Home: Changing Priorities in Housing


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“Owning a home is the keystone of wealth, both financial affluence and emotional security,” says financial guru Suze Orman. But as America ages, suffers financial instability and becomes more diverse, the definition of “home” is changing – and that creates new opportunities – and challenges...

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Will Falling Gold Prices Affect Investors?

Will Falling Gold Prices Affect Investors?


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Good as gold, the saying goes. But – no so much these days? The price of gold continues to fall, reaching its lowest levels in over two years, a drop that’s causing chaos in money markets around the world. The plummeting price of gold comes as the Federal Reserve considers an early halt to its plan...

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