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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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Gas Prices and its Effect on Real Estate

Gas Prices and its Effect on Real Estate

Gas prices around the country have been steadily increasing and the probability of $5.00 per gallon is a real possibility. Is it a big deal? Some people think so. According to HUD, people still want to buy homes, particularly the “Y Generation” (those ages 18 to 35). But this group has seen the most...
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Investing in Real Estate Using a Self Directed IRA

Investing in Real Estate Using a Self Directed IRA

A growing number of real estate investors are using a self-directed IRA to finance their property purchases nowadays. That’s because a self-directed IRA can provide them with the opportunity to buy real estate and earn rental income without paying early distribution fees. The Investment Company Institute – the national association of U.S. investment companies,...
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Single-Family Homes and Their Potential

Single-Family Homes and Their Potential

As we continue to go through Morgan Stanley’s “Housing 2.0: The New Rental Paradigm” we’re more confident that 2012 will be a big year for real estate investors.  For one, the financial services company boldly concludes, “…gross rents are historically attractive relative to current distressed prices. Adding to this attractiveness is the fact that...
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The Law of Now

The Law of Now

Optimism can only be rewarding if one takes action. Without it, it’s like driving a car that runs out of fuel; you’ll never arrive at your goal. Your past mistakes or apprehension about the future has nothing to do with what you can do today or what you should act upon. Decision-making may be...
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Median Rent Prices on the Rise as Home Values Drop

Median Rent Prices on the Rise as Home Values Drop

While homes prices continue to be on the decline, rent prices are actually on the rise and showed a 3 percent increase from January 2011 to January 2012, as opposed to home values, which dropped 4.6 percent during that same period, according to a recent Zillow Real Estate Market Report. “While it seems that...
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Real Estate Investment Opportunities Rise as Rentership Grows

Real Estate Investment Opportunities Rise as Rentership Grows

It used to be that home-ownership was a part of the American dream. Home-buyers would scour for properties that suit their needs whether it was for their growing family or for a second home. But the global economic slump that has plagued the real estate market has created a major shift on the housing...
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