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No “Septaper” – What’s Next for Housing?

No “Septaper” – What’s Next for Housing?


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The Federal Reserve’s decision to postpone – indefinitely – the planned taper-down of its massive mortgage securities buyup is good news for the hard-hit housing industry the stimulus plan was designed to help. But even as mortgage interest rates will likely remain relatively low for the near future...

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Online-Only Banking is Growing, But Is It Safe?

Online-Only Banking is Growing, But Is It Safe?


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Traditional brick and mortar banks give the appearance of security and stability – and for most people, that’s the only place to leave their money. But a new kind of branchless banking is challenging those assumptions, as online only banking slowly but steadily draws customers away from their local...

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5 Keys to Keeping Good Renters

5 Keys to Keeping Good Renters


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Keeping properties rented is the key to building wealth in income property. High turnover in tenants costs money in several ways, from loss of income due to vacancy to the expenditures of preparing a home for rent and advertising for new tenants. In a previous post we brought you a few tips on finding...

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5 Ways to Find Good Renters

5 Ways to Find Good Renters


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Building wealth with rental property depends on good tenants – stable, long term renters who keep the monthly payments coming and don’t trash the property or create other problems for you and the neighborhood. While it’s easy to just put an ad online or in the paper, though, a landlord/investor...

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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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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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