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Home Exchanges May Challenge Rentals

Home Exchanges May Challenge Rentals


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For travelers and vacationers, renting a place for a short-term stay has always been an attractive alternative to staying in a hotel. But another alternative is gaining traction among money-conscious visitors: home swapping, or home exchange; a growing trend that offers a way to bypass the rental markets...

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Cyber Money  Takes Another Step

Cyber Money Takes Another Step


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The Bitcoin’s march toward legitimacy took another step forward this week, as the digital currency was accepted as legal tender to buy a Tesla – a fitting arrangement for the purchase of the new electronic car. But even as Lamborghini Newport Beach happily announced the transaction, new concerns...

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Fake Financial Advisors Scam Senior Investors

Fake Financial Advisors Scam Senior Investors


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What’s in a name? asked William Shakespeare. Plenty – when it comes to the loosely defined arena of financial investing, where virtually anyone can claim the title. And as a recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reveals, the confusing array of titles and lack of formal qualifications...

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Digital Money Takes the World Stage

Digital Money Takes the World Stage


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Are Bitcoins for real? Just ask UK techie James Howells, who recently tossed out a long forgotten computer hard drive, only to realize – far too late – that the device contained $7.5 million worth of Bitcoins, the digital currency that’s been making headlines as it gains traction in markets worldwide. Howells...

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Tax Law Changes Target Investors

Tax Law Changes Target Investors


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As we head into the holiday season, no one wants to think about income taxes. But tax season is just around the corner, and since income property investments qualify for a long list of deductions, there are some changes to the tax code for 2013 that are worth planning for. One of the benefits of investing...

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Professional Inspections Save Investments

Professional Inspections Save Investments


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Income property is a long-term strategy for building wealth, as Jason Hartman always says. And while it may be tempting to jump right in and snap up a promising property, it pays to start off on the right foot by exercising some caution and getting the property professionally inspected. If you’re...

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2014: A New Year, A New Look to Mortgage Lending

2014: A New Year, A New Look to Mortgage Lending


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As the housing collapse recedes into memory, the housing market is finding new footing in a very different world dominated by a changed mortgage lending landscape. And, according to some economists, those changes are leading to a very different - and more optimistic - mortgage market for 2014 and beyond. According...

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Foreign Buyers Make Their Mark in Real Estate

Foreign Buyers Make Their Mark in Real Estate


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It’s no secret that the housing market has been showing signs of strength in key areas around the country. Interest rates, propped up by the Federal Reserve’s continued bond buying stimulus plan, are staying low and home prices are continuing to rise. But according to a recent report by the National...

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Are Bank Fraud Cases Hurting the Economy?

Are Bank Fraud Cases Hurting the Economy?


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Last week, JP Morgan Chase settled its latest lawsuit with the US Department of Justice to the tune of $18 billion. That’s the largest single settlement ever concluded for an individual American corporation, and that makes some industry watchers wonder whether the government is simply out to punish...

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Private Loans Can Launch Investments

Private Loans Can Launch Investments


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Building an income stream from investment property is, as Jason Hartman says, the best bet for building long term wealth. But for some hopeful investors, the project gets stalled at the starting gate because less than perfect credit or other circumstances make financing hard to get. For some, that means...

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