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United States Real Estate on Sale?

United States Real Estate on Sale?

Demand for U.S. real estate by foreign investors has exploded over the last year.  The first reason has been the weakness of the U.S. dollar.  That has allowed foreign buyers to invest in U.S. real estate that produces favorably high yields, as well as profiting from the currency trade. These two factors compound to...
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U.S. Population Shifts

U.S. Population Shifts

People were on the move in 2012 and apparently the most popular place for them to move to was Pittsburgh, PA., according to the 2012 Top US Growth Cities Report recently released by U-Haul International.  The Steel City topped the list of 30 metro areas selected with a 9.04% population growth, based on data...
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Tennessee Foreclosures Down

Tennessee Foreclosures Down

In Shelby County, there were 1,030 total foreclosures in the first quarter this year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.  That’s down from 1,252 foreclosures during the same period in 2012 – a drop of 17%.  Pull back one year before that, though, and the number of foreclosures had spiked to 1,235...
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Zombie Foreclosures

Zombie Foreclosures

Hundreds of thousands of homes in the US are now labeled as “zombie” foreclosures. That’s when the owner of a foreclosed home leaves only to find out years later that he or she still legally owns the home and is on the hook for property taxes and other fees. Such cases occur in more...
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Why It’s Still Hard To Get A Mortgage

Why It’s Still Hard To Get A Mortgage

The housing market may be coming back, but a growing number of policy makers have expressed concerns recently that it’s still too hard to get a mortgage. Federal Reserve governor Elizabeth Duke outlined some of these concerns and their causes in a speech last month. She was quick to note — as is anyone...
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The U.S. Real Estate Market is Back! [infographic]

The U.S. Real Estate Market is Back!  [infographic]

As we all know, America’s housing market has been in a slump for many years.  Years of negative news made home buyers and real estate investors nervous about the future of the U.S. housing market.  However, the following infographic should bring optimism back to most people. This infographic reports the opinions of real estate...
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Real Estate Investment Outlook for 2013

Real Estate Investment Outlook for 2013

For a good number of real estate professionals, 2012 wasn’t a great year. We were still on a downward spiral towards the bottom of the real estate market. This wasn’t exciting news for real estate investors looking to make profitable deals investing in real estate. But as we move deeper into 2013, it’s becoming...
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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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