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Why You Should Buy a Rental Property

Why You Should Buy a Rental Property

It is an out-of-favor asset class that has attracted the attention of David Ackman, a hedge fund manager with a fondness for contrarian investments.  “The best investments we’ve made are the ones no one else would touch,” Ackman explains.  That’s why he’s so hot on Single Family Home Rental Property.  They are cheap, he...
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Update on QE2: Likely to end in June as Scheduled

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Update on QE2: Likely to end in June as Scheduled

I always pay close attention to Fed stories from Jon Hilsenrath at the WSJ: Fed Unlikely to Remove Its Economic Stimulus Just Yet Hilsenrath makes several key points: • QE2 will probably end in June: “the securities purchase program … is likely to end in June as scheduled.” • Tapering off of purchases unlikely:...
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Misc: Oil, Gasoline, Libya

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Misc: Oil, Gasoline, Libya

• Libya From McClatchy: Huge explosion levels key Libyan rebels’ arms depot From al Jazeera: Live Blog – Libya March 5 From the NY Times: Battle in Libya for Strategic Town Kills at Least 13 • Ronald White at the LA Times: California’s average gas price is highest in U.S., .845 a gallon On...
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Finding Good Tenants

Finding Good Tenants

Ideally, you’d have tenants who paid promptly every month, never complained, and lived in your property for a long time while maintaining it in pristine condition. But that ideal seldom happens for the simple fact that we’re dealing with human beings. They move, get sick, marry, have different temperaments and needs, and so forth...
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Bernanke: Challenges for State and Local Governments

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Bernanke: Challenges for State and Local Governments

From Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke: Challenges for State and Local Governments As the recession took hold, revenues dropped precipitously, especially at the state level. Driven partly by balanced-budget requirements under their constitutions, many governments have responded by cutting numerous programs and reducing workforces. As necessary as these cuts may have been, they have left...
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Libya Updates

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Libya Updates

By request … • From the NY Times: Libya Wages Counterattack Against Rebels on 3 Fronts Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces struck back on three fronts on Monday, using fighter jets, special forces units and regular army troops in an escalation of hostilities that brought Libya closer to civil war. The attacks by the colonel’s...
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FHFA releases outlook for Obama’s refinancing program

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FHFA releases outlook for Obama’s refinancing program

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is considering the fate of the government's refinancing program, and Bank of America-Merrill Lynch analysts said in a report Friday that an extension is likely. The Obama administration launched the Home Affordable Refinancing Program in March 2009 to allow borrowers the chance to refinance out of negative equity and...
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Misc: Another Solid Manufacturing Survey, Mortgage Rates Fall, Libya Updates

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Misc: Another Solid Manufacturing Survey, Mortgage Rates Fall, Libya Updates

• From the Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing activity matched an all-time survey high in February The month-over-month composite index was 19 in February, up from 7 in January and 14 in December. This reading matched all-time survey highs reached several times from late 2003 to early 2005. … The production index rose to 23,...
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Mortgage Delinquencies Decline Across the U.S.

Mortgage Delinquencies Decline Across the U.S.

According to a recent survey released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the “latest delinquency numbers represent significant, across-the-board decreases in mortgage delinquency rates in the U.S.,” according to MBA’s chief economist, Jay Brinkmann. In fact, total delinquencies (not including homes already in foreclosure) are at the lowest levels since the end of 2008,...
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