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The Dollar Takes A Dive: What’s Next for Investors?

The Dollar Takes A Dive: What’s Next for Investors?


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When the government shutdown ended, the value of the US dollar stood at its lowest point in about eight months, with some experts predicting it could fall even lower in the coming weeks. As China calls for a “de-Americanization” of the global financial world, what does the decline of the dollar mean...

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Shutdown Fallout and the Fed's Stimulus Plan

Shutdown Fallout and the Fed’s Stimulus Plan


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The government’s back up and running, and a newly struck deal on the debt crisis has headed off a default. Now, though, comes the fallout from the 16-day shutdown, as the dollar hovers near its lowest point in eight months and the Federal Reserve ponders what to do about tapering off its stimulus plan. According...

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What the Alpine Swift Can Teach Investors

What the Alpine Swift Can Teach Investors


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When the Alpine Swift flies south for the winter, it spends six months in the air – nonstop. According to a recent Newser report, Swiss scientists tracking the small black and white bird found that it eats and sleeps on the wing, never touching land till it reaches its destination. And that little...

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The Debt Limit Crisis May Hit Housing

The Debt Limit Crisis May Hit Housing


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As the government shutdown drags on amid accusations and counteraccusations from both sides, a new phrase is entering public awareness: raising (or not) the federal debt limit, or debt ceiling. And the fate of this metaphorical ceiling has housing industry professionals worried about a major blow to...

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Deep Pocket Banks Make Good Real Estate Partners

Deep Pocket Banks Make Good Real Estate Partners


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One of the first hurdles you’ll have to clear as an income property investor is where to find financing. Most of us don’t have the cash to pay for a deal outright, and even if we did, it doesn’t make economic sense. It’s much better to bring in a lender to put up the majority of the money, allowing...

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3 Mistakes Investors Still Make

3 Mistakes Investors Still Make


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There’s no shortage of investing advice, designed to guide real-estate investors both experienced and new through the pitfalls of starting -or maintaining - an investing career aimed at building long term wealth. But even in a world filled with investing information, both old hands and newbies still...

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The Power of Social Media: Profiles Are People

The Power of Social Media: Profiles Are People


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If the power and reach of social media in today’s world were ever in doubt, here’s the latest demonstration: a profile on the professional network LinkedIn became the equivalent of a real person in the latest fraud case against perennial defendant Bank of America. Bank of America as we’ve written...

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New Software Helps Lenders Avoid QM Rule Penalties

New Software Helps Lenders Avoid QM Rule Penalties


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To lenders worried about how the Qualified Mortgage Rule will affect mortgage loan liability: never fear, automated assessments are here, as a growing number of software services offer a variety of online tools to help mortgage lenders negotiate the provisions of the QM Rule(s), avoid liability – and...

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The Government Shuts Down – What Happens to Housing?

The Government Shuts Down – What Happens to Housing?


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The threatened government shutdown has become reality, as policymakers on both sides of the aisle find it impossible to play nice. It’s unclear how long the situation will last, and it’s raising real concerns about what will happen to a wide range of government sponsored programs – including housing-related...

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The Qualified Mortgage Rule May Help Investors

The Qualified Mortgage Rule May Help Investors


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The Qualified Mortgage Rule – a piece of the Dodd Frank Act designed to prevent another mortgage meltdown like the one in 2008 – has drawn fire from the mortgage industry and consumer advocates alike. And as we’ve noted before in this space, it offers a mixed message for the housing industry as...

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