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5 Red Flags for Mortgage Fraud

5 Red Flags for Mortgage Fraud


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Despite the lawsuits and regulation that followed the housing collapse in 2008, some of the nation's biggest mortgage lenders – and even some smaller ones – are still using a variety of fraudulent practices to put more money into their corporate pockets. Now, yet another suit filed against Bank of...

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More Fraudulent Foreclosures From Bank of America

More Fraudulent Foreclosures From Bank of America


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Ever since it was created back in 20078 to help homeowners avoid foreclosures, the government’s Home Affordable Mortgage Program, or HAMP, has fallen far short of its goals. Because that’s so, large numbers of preventable foreclosures have hit the market in some areas, skewing assessments of the...

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Disasters Threaten Investments –From Space?

Disasters Threaten Investments –From Space?


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The recent spate of natural disasters – superstorms, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods – has homeowners and property investors throughout the country checking their insurance policies and talking to their lenders about how to recover. But, as recent news reminds us, the biggest threat to the economy...

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Cash Carries in Today's Home Purchases

Cash Carries in Today’s Home Purchases


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Interest rates that continue to run low and rising prices make the housing market pretty hot right now. Banks are offering attractive mortgage packages, too. But, say some market watchers, it’s hotter still for buyers who can pay cash. To compete in the cash wars, what’s an investor to do? Recent...

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More Ameircans Skip Credit Cards

More Ameircans Skip Credit Cards


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Is plastic a thing of the past? After the economic shakeups of the last few years, new financial realities may be changing traditional patterns of managing money and handling debt. And for many Americans, that means rethinking their relationship to credit. A new article posted by CNNMoney notes that...

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Jason Hartman: Now on the Overseas Radio Network

Jason Hartman: Now on the Overseas Radio Network


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The growing community of American expatriate now has a new source of expert advice on living and investing well, as Jason Hartman joins the Overseas Radio Network, an online radio station designed for those choosing to live and invest abroad. For financial and lifestyle reasons, more and more retires...

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Landlord-Tenant Disputes: Avoiding Renters’ Lawsuits

Landlord-Tenant Disputes: Avoiding Renters’ Lawsuits


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We live in a litigation-happy world where lawsuits for grievances large and small clog the court calendars for years at a time. And one area ripe for complaints of all kinds is the landlord-tenant connection. Because investors making money from rental real estate so often become the targets of irate...

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Should You Use IRA Funds to Buy Investment Property?

Should You Use IRA Funds to Buy Investment Property?


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Housing prices are rising and so, to some extent, are interest rates, but it’s still a good time to start investing in property. The appeal o building wealth in real estate has hopeful investors looking for startup funds in some odd – and potentially risky – places. One option for cash-strapped...

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Sallie Mae Enters Private Lending:  More Debt to Come?

Sallie Mae Enters Private Lending: More Debt to Come?


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HI5-27-13 For some time we’ve been reporting in this space about the emerging crisis in student loan debt and its impact on various sectors of the economy – including housing. And because the student loan situation in some ways parallels the events of the 2008 housing collapse, what helps or harms...

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Reverse Mortgages: Sounding Good on Paper

Reverse Mortgages: Sounding Good on Paper


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It sounds like a great idea. Take out a “reverse mortgage” that taps into home equity to release cash for daily living and other expenditures. For many, particularly those in retirement and beyond, the plan offers financial relief while leaving the original investment secure for the owner’s lifetime....

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