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Women Investors: Barriers are Falling


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Women can expect to live fully one-third of their lives after retirement. But for many women of the baby boomer generation and beyond, traditional retirement financial strategies aimed at men just don’t work. For women of all ages, investing in real estate can be a way to create income streams for...

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Seller Financing: A New Subprime Mortgage Crisis


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In the bad old days of the housing collapse, subprime mortgages were blamed as a major cause of the rush of foreclosures into the housing market and the subsequent downturn of the housing industry as a whole. As mortgage lenders have cleaned up their act, these risky loans appeared to be a thing of the...

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Delinquent Mortgages May Still Hamper Housing Recovery


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The good news is, the housing market is making a slow and irregular recovery, with home prices rising and new construction underway. Low interest rates are making mortgages and refinancing possible for more people. But the residue of the great housing collapse continues to affect the recovery. Mortgage...

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Baby Boomers: Owning Less, Renting More


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January 1, 2011, the first of the so-called Baby Boom generation turned 65, and it’s estimated that every day for the following 19 years, at least a thousand others born between 1946 and 1964 will do the same. As these postwar babies march toward retirement and senior citizenhood, economists and financial...

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The Defense Industry An Investor’s Friend?


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For years, the defense industry has boosted the economy in areas all over the country – and in some cases, the world. Large installations move personnel in and out in numbers that rival a small city, and short and long term assignments mean a constant search for rental housing. But defense cuts still...

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Managing Capital Gains: An Old Strategy is New Again


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Among the dreaded tax changes ushered in by the New Year, changes in the capital gains tax structure and rates will affect investment property income for investors on both sides of the wealth divide. Although the tax rate rose only for those on the high end of that divide, anyone seeing capital gain...

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The Medicare Tax Hits High-Earning Investors


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Among the flurry of changes in tax laws that took effect on the first day of 2013, some new and amended rulings affect property owners – both homeowners and investors in income property. While some of these changes apply to anyone who owns residential real estate, the Medicare Tax affects only those...

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After the Fiscal Cliff: Some Breaks Survive


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New Year’s Day came and went, and thanks to last-minute maneuvering, lawmakers avoided rushing like lemmings over the projected fiscal cliff. But as the dust settles and details emerge about the implications of the last minute deal, one thing is uncomfortably clear: over 75% of Americans can expect...

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The Shadow Inventory: Skewing Recovery Numbers?


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Is the housing market really recovering from the subprime mortgage crisis of a few years ago? The answer might lie in the shadows –the “shadow inventory” of distressed properties that remain unresolved, lurking behind the scenes of transactions moving houses through and off the market. The shadow...

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Federal Refinancing Help Expands for 2013


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Government backed refinancing programs are being expanded for 2013, a move that’s expected to allow more mortgage holders to take advantage of low interest rates and more attractive terms. These new standards embrace a wider range of eligible loans and borrowers – and that may be good news for heroic...

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