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New Dodd-Frank Changes Make Borrowing Tougher

New Dodd-Frank Changes Make Borrowing Tougher

The New Year is just around the corner, and so are new provisions of the sweeping Dodd Frank Act. And while those new rules are designed to protect borrowers – and in some ways, lenders too – the changes coming in 2014 may make it tougher for those hoping to qualify for a mortgage or refinance a...

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Marijuana Goes Mainstream and Investing Scams Follow

Marijuana Goes Mainstream and Investing Scams Follow

Pot is hot. As attitudes and laws change, marijuana is making news as the Next Big Thing in investing. And as always happens, alongside the legitimate potential for investing in the old hippie favorite come the scam artists, pushing a variety of get rich quick schemes that can snare unwary investors. A...

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Pocket Listings Keep House Sales Under the Table

Pocket Listings Keep House Sales Under the Table

The ups and downs of a volatile housing market create fertile ground for opportunists trying to make a buck – or several – from all sides of a real estate transaction. Though not actually illegal, practices like the “pocket listing” end up putting more money into the pockets of real estate brokers...

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Cleaning Up Credit After  Foreclosure

Cleaning Up Credit After Foreclosure

In many ways, the health of the housing recovery hinges on credit – a major factor in the well-known housing collapse of a few years ago As banks and other mortgage lender tighten standards and clean up their lending practices in the aftermath of the crash, they’re taking a harder look at the creditworthiness...

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Rate Your Landlord? New Sites Give Tenants a Voice

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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Low Interest Rates and the Pension Plan Crisis

Low Interest Rates and the Pension Plan Crisis

The current low interest rates have pushed a number of major US companies into shoring up their corporate pension plans with large infusions of cash in order to keep pension programs afloat. Since the funds used for bailing out troubled pension plans come directly from the company’s revenues, this...

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The Medicare Tax Hits High-Earning Investors

Among the flurry of changes in tax laws that took effect on the first day of 2013, some new and amended rulings affect property owners – both homeowners and investors in income property. While some of these changes apply to anyone who owns residential real estate, the Medicare Tax affects only those...

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Fannie Mae Changes the Foreclosure Market

Fannie Mae Changes the Foreclosure Market

Federal mortgage entities Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae played a major role in the housing collapse of 2008-2011, supporting a large number of the subprime loans that crashed, pushing massive numbers of homes into foreclosure. Now, Fannie Mae continues to play a major role in the housing market with its...

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HI 28 - Rich Man Poor Man with Bill Whittle

HI 28 – Rich Man Poor Man with Bill Whittle

Jason Hartman talks with Bill Whittle, host of Afterburner, regarding poverty levels in the United States and the strategies that undermine democracy and free markets.  Bill’s opinion is that America has the richest poor people in the world, versus countries like Africa, where millions of people live...

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HI 27 - High Occupancy Rates with Military Tenants

HI 27 – High Occupancy Rates with Military Tenants

Jason Hartman hosts a two-part show where we start with some reflections on the recent "Meet The Masters of Income Property Investing" event at The Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California. Investment Counselors, Ari and Sara join Jason as they discuss the following: 1)   Establish 5 year plan for where...

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