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Fed Set to Hold Rates Low as US Economy Struggles

Fed Set to Hold Rates Low as US Economy Struggles

The US Federal Reserve is expected to keep US interest rates at historic lows when it meets later Wednesday, as it tries to keep a languishing recovery on track. The Fed’s top rate-setting body is widely expected to keep its main rate of borrowing at between zero and 0.25 percent to help spur economic...
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Short Sales: Fact vs. Fiction

Short Sales: Fact vs. Fiction

Looking for big profits in short sales? An internet search for the phrase “investing in short sales” brings up tens of thousands of hits, many of which offer strategies and tricks to make a killing on the rising number of short sales in the U.S. These properties are sometimes viewed as easy money because...
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National Economic Outlook (May 28, 2010)

National Economic Outlook (May 28, 2010)

The two large questions on the minds of real estate investors are: when will the economy recover? and when is a good time to reinvest in the housing market? We think the economy has reached the point where aggressive investors can find good opportunities in selected housing markets. Although the national economy will just...
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How to Use Leverage with a Real Estate IRA

How to Use Leverage with a Real Estate IRA

Using self-directed IRA funds to purchase income-generating real estate is a profitable strategy an ever-growing number of investors are employing. These accounts (a.k.a. real estate IRAs) can buy rental property as an investment, just as they would buy stock market securities.  This means real estate IRA holders can use their retirement funds to purchase...
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3 Reasons a Series LLC Should be a Real Estate Investor’s Best Friend

3 Reasons a Series LLC Should be a Real Estate Investor’s Best Friend

For those of you wondering, a Series LLC is a regular LLC with a twist – it can have an unlimited number of subsidiaries (called Cells), and each subsidiary is treated as a separate structure where liability is concerned – if you set the structure up and run it properly. So far eight states...
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3 Things To Do Before Walking Away From Investment Property

3 Things To Do Before Walking Away From Investment Property

If you or someone you know dumped some "bad" real estate, then there might be a ticking tax bomb coming your way. It’s a Form 1099-C and it means you have a "cancellation of debt", and cancellation of debt is taxable. So if the lender forecloses and takes your property from you, or you...
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Housing Vacancies Reach New Record

Housing Vacancies Reach New Record

Housing and rental vacancies have hit unprecedented levels. Included in these record vacancy numbers are a plague of abandoned properties fated for demolition, and millions more homes being withheld from market. Of the more than 19 million empty homes recorded by the US Census, just under 2 million are up for sale, many of...
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National Economic Outlook

National Economic Outlook

Even though the economy remains weak and the housing market, in particular, is still years from recovery, some news suggests that stronger growth can be expected as the year progresses. Technically, the economy already grew sharply in the fourth quarter of 2009, and industrial production rebounded 5 percent since hitting bottom last June, but such...
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What to Consider When Hiring a Property Management Company

What to Consider When Hiring a Property Management Company

If a property owner manages a growing number of investment properties, it’s inevitable that the day will come when they ask, “Should I outsource the day-to-day operations of my business to a property management company?” Deciding when to outsource and which company to hire is one of the most important business decisions a property owner...
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Who Can You Trust?

Who Can You Trust?

Our "favorite housing economist" Dr. Bob Shiller thinks the market (especially housing) is already overheated.  "We are in a very unusual circumstance," says Shiller, "because of the massive bailouts, the homebuyer tax credits, the Fed’s purchase of mortgage-backed securities – and these things are coming to an end.  I don’t trust the trend we...
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