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Mortgage Lenders Try a New Image

Mortgage Lenders Try a New Image


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The nation’s big banks are trying to clean up their image, and Bank of America is leading the way. With a brand new ad campaign aimed at r3estoring trust and winning the hearts of new customers, BofA aims to shed the baggage of its dirty past and eradicate consumers’ image of the banking industry,...

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The Nigerian Scam Targets Real Estate

The Nigerian Scam Targets Real Estate


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The Nigerian Internet scheme is so well known, it’s become a joke. But now, variations of that scam are targeting the housing market, snagging unwary home sellers and buyers with a mix of pathos and pressure on marketplace sites like Craigslist and eBay. Fraud specialists in large housing markets warn...

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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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The Banks Win a Round in LIBOR Cases

The Banks Win a Round in LIBOR Cases


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Score one for the big banks. Since the housing collapse, major US lenders have been under fire for a variety of fraudulent practices committed against mortgage holders, investing partners and event he federal government. With new settlements, legislation and lawsuits appearing on a seemingly regular...

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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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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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The Shadow Inventory Has a Shadow


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Rising home prices, limited inventory and low mortgage interest rates are being hailed as more encouraging signs of the recovery of the housing market. But a closer look at the factors driving this apparent rebound suggests that the much-anticipated “recovery” may be a superficial construct, propped...

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Name a House, Clinch a Sale?


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Rockport by the Sea. Whitecrest, Quarry House. In earlier times, only the great country estates were worthy of bearing a name. But now, US homes both large and small are carrying names both stately and whimsical – and the trend may mean big bucks when the property is sold. The trend in naming properties...

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One Weekend to Life-Changing Wealth

One Weekend to Life-Changing Wealth


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While the Heroic Investing blog and podcast are restricted by their nature to dribbling out a bit of income property investing education at a time, we also like to remind first responders looking for financial independence that it is possible to learn everything you need to know about how to create a...

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Best Deals in Rental Property Investment: Duplexes

Best Deals in Rental Property Investment: Duplexes


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Investing in rental property is a good way to create a long-term income steam in retirement, and Jason Hartman offers sound advice to show you how. But what kind of rental property provides the best return on your investment? Depending on factors such as the market and location, for many new investors,...

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