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How Does LIBOR Affect Your Investments?

How Does LIBOR Affect Your Investments?


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In recent posts we’ve been talking about the ongoing lawsuits involving several leading banks and charges that they rigged LIBOR rates, with implications not just for international investing, but also for mortgage rates at home. But the well-publicized US District Court decision to dismiss a number...

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The Banks Win a Round in LIBOR Cases

The Banks Win a Round in LIBOR Cases


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Score one for the big banks. Since the housing collapse, major US lenders have been under fire for a variety of fraudulent practices committed against mortgage holders, investing partners and event he federal government. With new settlements, legislation and lawsuits appearing on a seemingly regular...

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Zombie Properties:  Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

Zombie Properties: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?


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Everyone knows about the shadow inventory of foreclosed houses. But how about the zombie inventory? That’s the term coined by a January 2013 Reuters report on homes abandoned by their owners after receiving a notice of foreclosure from their bank. But here’s the catch: in these cases the banks never...

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The Right Software Helps Manage Investments

The Right Software Helps Manage Investments


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Becoming an investing entrepreneur means wearing many hats. Even if an investor outsources aspects of the job to property managers, contractors or other assistants, the final decisions rest with that landlord/investor who’s now in the business of creating wealth. The essentials of managing rental real...

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Is the FHFA Creating a Foreclosure Crisis?

Is the FHFA Creating a Foreclosure Crisis?


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There’s a move afoot in some states to get rid of Edward De Marco, currently acting head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA – the oversight agency for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The reason, say housing experts, has to do with FHFA policies that threaten to create even...

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The Sequester’s Here: Implications for Investors

The Sequester’s Here: Implications for Investors


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March 1 has come and gone, bringing with it the dreaded “sequester” – that second round of mandatory budget cuts left hanging over the country after lawmakers backed down from the fiscal cliff at the New Year. With budget reductions aimed at defense and other government backed programs, the sequester...

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Investors Need Homeowner Help Too


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Programs offering assistance to struggling homeowners in the aftermath of the housing collapse have focused mainly on residential homeowners needing help to make mortgage payments and keep their homes out of foreclosure. But it’s less well known that investors can struggle too, and investment properties...

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Rate Your Landlord? New Sites Give Tenants a Voice


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It’s a given that potential renters can expect some scrutiny from landlords taking tenant applications. Credit histories, references from previous landlords and other information become fair game in the quest to find reliable, solvent, non-destructive tenants for your investment property. But now,...

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With interest rates staying low and lenders rolling out new refinancing plans to court anxious homeowners, is this a good time for investors to refinance rental property too?  Although most new incentives for refinancing are directed at residential homeowners, investors, too, may find that refinancing...

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New Federal Support for Struggling Homeowners


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The recovery of the housing market continues apace, prodded by an array of Federal interventions aimed at keeping mortgage rates low and propping up vulnerable homeowners who might otherwise end up in foreclosure. Now, the government is ushering in the New Year with plans for a new round of homeowner...

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