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Millennials Say Yes to Homeownership


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A number of housing industry observers have raised concerns that the US is fast becoming a nation of renters, rather than homeowners – a phenomenon that, if true, has implications for home buyers and investors alike. But according to Marketwatch, a recent survey of young Americans suggests that rumors...

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The Truth Behind Retierment “Myths”


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Lists of retirement “myths” – erroneous beliefs about planning for retirement – pop up fairly regularly in financial news. Though each list offers a different number of myths to worry about – five, seven or even ten or more – the goal is the same: to increase awareness about the pitfalls...

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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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Home Prices Are Rising: Good News for Investors?


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More evidence of a housing market recovery comes with news from a recent MarketWatch report that by the end of 2012, the US housing market had seen five consecutive quarters of home value appreciation – the largest yearly gain since 2006. But according to industry professionals, this upward trend,...

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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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In Court or Out: Processing Foreclosures


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Years after the great housing collapse, foreclosures continue to make real estate news, as industry experts watch the state of the foreclosure process as one indicator of the health of the housing market. In some regional markets foreclosure rates have dropped significantly - but in others, it's begun...

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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 Benefit of Buying Foreclosures


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It can take former homeowners at least 10 years to recover from a foreclosure action and regain the ability to re-enter the housing market -- if they ever do. According to a recent article on ERate, the impact of the recent wave of foreclosures goes far beyond the simple fact of losing a home due to...

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Mortgage Fraud is on the Rise


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Although it appeared that the mortgage industry had weathered the storm of scandal that peaked during the “robosigning” scandal of a few years ago, mortgage fraud in 2012 was up 31 percent from the previous year alone, targeting homeowners and investors alike with a wide range of schemes in all areas...

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