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Is the FHFA Creating a Foreclosure Crisis?

Is the FHFA Creating a Foreclosure Crisis?


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There’s a move afoot in some states to get rid of Edward De Marco, currently acting head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA – the oversight agency for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The reason, say housing experts, has to do with FHFA policies that threaten to create even...

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Investing in Memphis: The Spring Bus Tour and Real Estate Event

Investing in Memphis: The Spring Bus Tour and Real Estate Event


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When interest rates are historically low, home prices are too, and tenant rents are high, doors open for investors to build a long-term cash flow from income properties. Current conditions in the Memphis housing market fit that profile to a T – and this April Jason Hartman is helping investors take...

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The Sequester’s Here: Implications for Investors

The Sequester’s Here: Implications for Investors


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March 1 has come and gone, bringing with it the dreaded “sequester” – that second round of mandatory budget cuts left hanging over the country after lawmakers backed down from the fiscal cliff at the New Year. With budget reductions aimed at defense and other government backed programs, the sequester...

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Investors Need Homeowner Help Too


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Programs offering assistance to struggling homeowners in the aftermath of the housing collapse have focused mainly on residential homeowners needing help to make mortgage payments and keep their homes out of foreclosure. But it’s less well known that investors can struggle too, and investment properties...

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Rate Your Landlord? New Sites Give Tenants a Voice


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It’s a given that potential renters can expect some scrutiny from landlords taking tenant applications. Credit histories, references from previous landlords and other information become fair game in the quest to find reliable, solvent, non-destructive tenants for your investment property. But now,...

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With interest rates staying low and lenders rolling out new refinancing plans to court anxious homeowners, is this a good time for investors to refinance rental property too?  Although most new incentives for refinancing are directed at residential homeowners, investors, too, may find that refinancing...

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New Federal Support for Struggling Homeowners


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The recovery of the housing market continues apace, prodded by an array of Federal interventions aimed at keeping mortgage rates low and propping up vulnerable homeowners who might otherwise end up in foreclosure. Now, the government is ushering in the New Year with plans for a new round of homeowner...

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The Shadow Inventory Has a Shadow


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Rising home prices, limited inventory and low mortgage interest rates are being hailed as more encouraging signs of the recovery of the housing market. But a closer look at the factors driving this apparent rebound suggests that the much-anticipated “recovery” may be a superficial construct, propped...

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Do Artificial Interventions Sustain the Housng Recovery?


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The housing recovery is back on track – or is it? Indicators such as rising prices and low inventory of available houses for sale in many markets appear to suggest that the effects of the hosing collapse of a few years ago are fading. But some industry professionals point out that the “recovery”...

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Hot Rental Markets: A Good Year For Landlords


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Rising rents and a widening pool of ready tenants are making 2013 the year of the landlord in many areas of the US housing market. As the economy continues its crawl out of a recent slump, more people are choosing – or are forced by circumstance – to rent dwellings rather than own them. That means...

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