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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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More Americans Ditch Citizenship to Live Abroad

More Americans Ditch Citizenship to Live Abroad


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In the first half of 2013, about 1800 people opted to give up US citizenship. In the second half to date, another 1100 or so have turned in their passports. In view of the country’s overall population, that doesn’t seem like much. But compare those numbers to the 932 recorded for all of 2012 and...

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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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3 Tips for Safe Mobile Transactions

3 Tips for Safe Mobile Transactions


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Mobile shopping is the new online shopping. As smartphones and tablets consume an ever-growing piece of the cyberspace consumer economy, it’s easier than ever to make the same kinds of transactions on the go as you would on a home computer. And, of course, that means that it’s also just as easy to...

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