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Mortgage Fundamentals and Research

All Mortgages are Not Created Equal

Five common, yet avoidable, mistakes made when shopping for a mortgage. Not exploring all your financing options. There are several things to consider before selecting a mortgage, depending on your situation. For instance, first time buyers may qualify for special financing programs from... more

Real Estate Investment

How to Hold Real Estate In a Self-Directed IRA or Qualified Plan - Part 2

Part II: Using Your IRA For many years now, people have been using non-directly owned real estate in their IRAs and other retirement plans. These intangibles are investments like REITs and real estate mutual funds. But most people did not know that they could use their retirement plans... more

Buying or Selling a Home

First-Time Homebuyers: How Much Do You Really Need to Save?

SUMMARY: Saving for a new home can seem like an insurmountable challenge, especially for first-time buyers. But what kind of numbers really come into play? We look at down payments, mortgage insurance, closing costs, and more. Singles, couples, families, at some point almost everyone turns their... more

Legal Issues in Real Estate Investments

The Institutional 1031 TIC Exchange

Since the 1920's savvy real estate investors have taken advantage of the evolving 1031 exchange rules promulgated by the IRS. Many of you are probably familiar with this concept, if not veterans of the procedure. The ability to defer capital gains and depreciation recapture taxes, as well as the... more

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