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Palladium: the Best Selling Metal on the Market

Palladium: the Best Selling Metal on the Market


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Gold prices are continuing to tumble, dropping In June 2013 to their worst first-half levels in over 30 years, thanks in part to the rebound of the US economy and the planned rollback of the Federal Reserve’s mortgage securities stimulus plan. And as gold fades from the scene, investors are putting...

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Solar Power Sparks Controversy Here on Earth

Solar Power Sparks Controversy Here on Earth


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In today’s housing market, green upgrades mean better prices and quick sales, and solar adaptations lead the way in eco friendly alterations. But even as incentives and credits help homeowners install rooftop solar panels, utility companies around the country are starting to feel the pinch. Now, electric...

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Chinese Investors Could Boost the Housing Recovery

Chinese Investors Could Boost the Housing Recovery


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The latest wave of foreign investment in US real estate comes from China. Chinese investors backed by government funds are pouring money into a variety of projects and properties around the country – and they’re being welcomed with open arms by many US sellers and brokers, who see a hefty infusion...

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Are Fannie Mae’s Days Numbered?

Are Fannie Mae’s Days Numbered?


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It’s summer in Washington, and, as we’ve been reporting, housing reform is in the air. The bipartisan Corker-Warner bill and the Republican-backed PATH (Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners) Act are aiming to revamp government housing policy, and both bills are taking aim at venerable lending...

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New Bills, New Directions for Federal Housing Policy

New Bills, New Directions for Federal Housing Policy


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Capitol Hill is taking aim at housing finance reform again. With not one, but two new bills in contention for reforming the government’s role in home loans and homeowner bailouts, legislators on both sides of the aisle are competing to form a new, but not necessarily kinder and gentler policy on managing...

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Fixed Rate Mortgages: An Endangered Species?

Fixed Rate Mortgages: An Endangered Species?


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As the Federal Reserve prepares to wind down its bond buying stimulus plan, policymakers in Washington are debating proposals to make drastic changes to the whole housing finance system – changes whose impact isn't yet clearly understood. That’s why Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke recently urged lawmakers...

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Green Mortgages Can Mean Big Returns

Green Mortgages Can Mean Big Returns


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It’s no secret that green is in. Energy efficient and environmentally friendly upgrades and add-ons can boost a home’s selling price and attract good renters. But paying for those green updates and getting a return on the investment can be tricky – especially when solar energy is involved. Tax...

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Do the Math, Keep the House?

Do the Math, Keep the House?


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Can better math skills prevent foreclosure? A new study conducted by the Columbia Business School appears to suggest exactly that. All other things being relatively equal, Columbia’s researchers found that the better a homeowner’s math skills, the less likely they were to lose a home to foreclosure...

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Why Holding Beats Flipping in Real Estate

Why Holding Beats Flipping in Real Estate


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“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ;em,” sang Kenny Rogers in the hit song “The Gambler.” That’s good advice in real estate as well as in poker. And in real estate, as Jason Hartman says, it’s the best advice most of the time. House flipping doesn’t build long-term wealth,...

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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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