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Home Rentership: New Demographics in Housing


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Although mortgage interest remains at a record low and low cost homes remain on the market, a major shift is taking place in the US housing profile: more people are choosing to rent rather than buy dwellings. With rental occupancy rates soaring and rents rising in response throughout the country, real...

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How Do Bond Rates Affect Mortgage Interest?


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Record low mortgage interest rates keep on making news in real estate circles, fueling speculation among financial experts and real estate professionals about how long they’ll last, how much they might rise and what that might mean for homebuyers and heroic investors purchasing income property. But...

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Mortgage Backed Securities and Interest Rates


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The term “mortgage backed securities” may be far from a household word (or three), but the movement of these securities plays a large role in the up or down swing of mortgage interest rates. The Federal Reserve has been making headlines in housing news for the past few months with plans to buy up...

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Housing Prices and Demand Hit New Highs


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Where have all the houses gone? A recent article appearing on Inman News, a real estate and technology blog, reports that in November 2012, the number of existing houses for sale reached lows not seen for a decade or more. The tightening market for home purchases supports rising prices and changes the...

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What's Next? Post-Election Trends in Housing

What’s Next? Post-Election Trends in Housing


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Regardless of their political leanings, real estate professionals and investors small and large watched this year’s presidential election unfold with an eye to its effects on the US real estate market. Although housing wasn’t a particularly hot topic during the campaign, experts see some trends emerging...

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The New Wave of Foreclosures: Hurting the Housing Recovery?

The New Wave of Foreclosures: Hurting the Housing Recovery?


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Among the benchmarks of a recovery in the US housing market since 2011 is the “foreclosure pipeline” – the number of foreclosed homes reaching the market during a particular period. Although massive amounts of foreclosures were processed during the housing crash of 2008-2011, those numbers have...

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The US Housing Market - Macro to Micro

The US Housing Market – Macro to Micro


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Former Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill, political adversary to President Reagan in the 1980s, is often credited with the uttering the phrase, “All politics is local.” While not a fan of the man’s political point of view, Jason Hartman realized the idea of applying micro thinking to a macro...

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Foreign Real Estate Investors: Who's Buying Now?

Foreign Real Estate Investors: Who’s Buying Now?


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The dust is clearing after the US housing collapse of a few years ago and the general housing market appears to be rebounding. But more stringent mortgage standards and economic factors make it difficult – if not impossible – for many former homeowners to buy a home, or for first time hopefuls to...

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Finding the Right Property: At Home or Across the Nation

Finding the Right Property: At Home or Across the Nation


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Investing in real estate, specifically rental income property, is a sound strategy for generating a stable, long-term income in retirement. As Jason Hartman recommends, buying real property with a fixed rate mortgage can provide a consistent return on the investment, supported by numerous tax breaks...

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