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The Sequester’s Here: Implications for Investors

The Sequester’s Here: Implications for Investors


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March 1 has come and gone, bringing with it the dreaded “sequester” – that second round of mandatory budget cuts left hanging over the country after lawmakers backed down from the fiscal cliff at the New Year. With budget reductions aimed at defense and other government backed programs, the sequester...

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Buying Foreign Property: Retirement Dream or Nightmare?


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Retiring abroad is the hot new trend in retirement planning. Numerous guides and resources encourage new retirees to embrace a low-cost, low-stress lifestyle in another country where, expatriates say, it’s possible to get inexpensive medical care while saving pension money for a rich cultural experience....

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Do Artificial Interventions Sustain the Housng Recovery?


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The housing recovery is back on track – or is it? Indicators such as rising prices and low inventory of available houses for sale in many markets appear to suggest that the effects of the hosing collapse of a few years ago are fading. But some industry professionals point out that the “recovery”...

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No Closing Cost Mortgages: An Option for Investors?


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In spite of continued low interest rates, mortgage applications remain slow in many areas of the US housing market. So, after the series of scandals, settlements and new regulations that marked the aftermath of the housing collapse of 2008, leading mortgage servicers are offering a virtual menu of financing,...

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Hot Rental Markets: A Good Year For Landlords


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Rising rents and a widening pool of ready tenants are making 2013 the year of the landlord in many areas of the US housing market. As the economy continues its crawl out of a recent slump, more people are choosing – or are forced by circumstance – to rent dwellings rather than own them. That means...

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Foreign Properties: Pitfalls for US Investors


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Just as more foreign investors are taking an interest in US real estate, Americans are looking toward investment properties abroad. The struggling economies of many countries are creating appealing conditions for investors both small and large. But while investing outside the US can offer opportunities...

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How Does Fair Isaac Affect Your Credit?


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Everyone knows that being creditworthy is the first step in getting a mortgage, but in these times of tighter mortgage lending standards, it’s more important than ever to know the ins and outs of your credit report and the impact of your credit score on the mortgage application process. While it’s...

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Mortgage Rates: Ready to Take a Jump?


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Despite predictions of continued low mortgage interest rates into the next couple of years, the rock-bottom rates of recent times may be coming to an end. That’s according to the newest BankRate report for January 31, 2013, which notes that the going rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage jumped from...

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The AMT: Not Just For the Rich


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Once reserved for only the highest of income brackets, the alternative minimum tax (AMT) now threatens middle-income taxpayers with the possibility of a bigger tax bite. Because this tax alternative, originally designed to close loopholes that let the very rich avoid paying taxes at all, the AMT was...

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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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