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My Tenant Stopped Paying the Rent – What Can I Do?

My Tenant Stopped Paying the Rent – What Can I Do?

Non-payment of rent is a serious problem. It is one of those predicaments that places the landlord in a difficult situation. Moral and ethical values are often challenged by the need to collect the rent. If your only two choices are to evict a family that has fallen on hard times, or to go...
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Real Estate, Inflation and the Fiscal Cliff

Real Estate, Inflation and the Fiscal Cliff

There’s been a lot of fuss on how the “fiscal cliff” will get the U.S. economy into trouble in 2013. For starters, here’s a thorough explanation of how it can impact the economy. (Video published by the WSJ on Oct. 31, 2012.) Read the rest of Real Estate, Inflation and the Fiscal Cliff »...
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Mortgage Interest Deduction on the Chopping Block?

Mortgage Interest Deduction on the Chopping Block?

A tax break that has long been untouchable could soon be in for some serious scrutiny. Many home buyers deduct their mortgage interest when assessing their tax bill, a perk that has helped bolster the income of millions of families – and the broader housing market. But as President Obama and Congress try to...
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The Real Estate Indicator Screaming “Buy”

The Real Estate Indicator Screaming “Buy”

I just locked down a 2.875% interest rate, fixed for the 15-year term of the mortgage. No points. With rates like these, I find myself rethinking the idea that I want to pay off my mortgage. I can do a lot better than 2.875% investing the money. If I just sock it away in...
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65% of Housing Markets Worse Than Four Years Ago

65% of Housing Markets Worse Than Four Years Ago

Sixty-five percent of U.S. housing markets are worse off today than they were four years ago according to the California-based real estate research firm RealtyTrac. The results of the survey arrive the same day as the final presidential debate and just weeks before the general election. Read the rest of 65% of Housing Markets...
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A Stunning Map of How Foreclosures Ate America

A Stunning Map of How Foreclosures Ate America

We’ve all heard that the housing bubble’s pop led to thousands of foreclosures, but its interactive maps like this that really show how prevalent the problem was — and still is. Part of a project on 30 election issues, the map below uses data from RealtyTrac to display foreclosure rates by county. The darker...
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National Economic Outlook (October 2012)

National Economic Outlook (October 2012)

Unemployment in September fell to 7.8% (according to government stats) but otherwise the economic situation was pretty much as it has been for the last six months: improving but at a slow rate.  Employment was up 1.4% over last year, with health care and business services providing the bulk of new jobs, as usual. Some...
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Real Estate Market Report

Real Estate Market Report

After nine consecutive months of appreciation, August was the first month where home values decreased by 0.1% to $152,100, according to Zillow. 2012 has seen a turnaround in the housing market with sustained appreciation that, at times, has been very strong.  As we progress through the latter half of this year, we expect home...
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How to Invest with a Declining US Dollar

How to Invest with a Declining US Dollar

The Federal Reserve was supposed to protect the value of the U.S. dollar – at least that’s how it was originally sold to the public. We still don’t know why the dollar needed “protection”. It was solid for the longest time, except for the time when President Lincoln printed too many of them to...
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Real Estate Cycles: Where Are We Now?

Real Estate Cycles: Where Are We Now?

Real estate prices, as with most financial markets, tend to follow a pattern. For the purpose of this article, we’ll call this pattern “The Real Estate Cycle.” There are many theories out there about The Real Estate Cycle, but the one I like best is called “The Great 18-Year Real Estate Cycle.” Back in...
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