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Will Falling Gold Prices Affect Investors?

Will Falling Gold Prices Affect Investors?


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Good as gold, the saying goes. But – no so much these days? The price of gold continues to fall, reaching its lowest levels in over two years, a drop that’s causing chaos in money markets around the world. The plummeting price of gold comes as the Federal Reserve considers an early halt to its plan...

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Demand for Mortgage Relief Opens Doors to Scams

Demand for Mortgage Relief Opens Doors to Scams


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Real state scams often prey on the desperate, masquerading as legitimate companies working in various areas of the housing industry. Along with schemes such as the Nigerian money transfer, fake ownership and other obvious rip-offs, scammers are taking aim at investors and homeowners struggling to keep...

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Stolen Listings and Zombies: More Real Estate Scams

Stolen Listings and Zombies: More Real Estate Scams


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If the Nigerian money transfer scheme weren’t enough, a variety of other real estate scams continue to circulate, trapping not just sellers, but also buyers and renters, too. The aftermath of the housing collapse created conditions ripe for scamming, as foreclosures spread, banks mishandled mortgages...

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Bitcoins: Challenging Ideas About Money

Bitcoins: Challenging Ideas About Money


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Money has come a long way from its early days when societies assigned a value to objects and allowed them to be used in trade for other things. In most of the world, modern currency is centralized, issued only by authorized entities and usually backed by a valuable physical commodity such as gold. But...

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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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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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Big Banks Still Fight Fraud Charges

Big Banks Still Fight Fraud Charges


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The big players in the post- meltdown mortgage fraud scandal continue to behave badly in spite of settlements, suite and legislation. And as legal actions set in motion years ago work their way through the courts, the nation’s large mortgage lenders continue to fight allegations of fraud and duplicity...

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Women: the Hidden Rental Market

Women: the Hidden Rental Market


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A number of shifts in the US economic landscape over the past few years has created a surging market for rental housing, driving up both demand and rents in many areas around the country. Industry experts cite factors such as the housing collapse of 2008 along with shaky financial conditions as the primary...

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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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Investing in Memphis: The Spring Bus Tour and Real Estate Event

Investing in Memphis: The Spring Bus Tour and Real Estate Event


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When interest rates are historically low, home prices are too, and tenant rents are high, doors open for investors to build a long-term cash flow from income properties. Current conditions in the Memphis housing market fit that profile to a T – and this April Jason Hartman is helping investors take...

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