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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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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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5 Tips for Success With Student Renters

5 Tips for Success With Student Renters


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Renting to students used to be a landlord's worst nightmare. All night parties, police raids and trashed properties made anyone except shadier landlords steer clear of college area renters. But as the rental market continues to heat up and demand for properties increases, renting in college towns to...

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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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The Fed Stays the Course on the Stimulus – For Now

The Fed Stays the Course on the Stimulus – For Now


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Remember “Septaper” – that awful sobriquet for the Federal Reserve’s planned taper down of its asset-buying stimulus plan? After months of hinting that led up to an expected draw down in September 2013, the Fed pulled an about-face, announcing that the plan will roll on at its present levels...

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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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