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New Mortgage Bonanza

The financial institutions have become more and more aggressive at marketing new, hybrid mortgages. Today the ads seem too good to be true, save thousands each month, interest rates at 1 or 2% - if it sounds too good to be true it likely is. Think about this, if the bank made the same amount of... more

Real Estate Investment

Your Home as a Source of Income in Retirement

If you're concerned that you may not be able to live comfortably on your retirement income, or if you'd simply like to improve your retirement lifestyle, you might want to take a fresh look at your home. In addition to being a valuable asset, your home may be a source of extra cash. However, since... more

Buying or Selling a Home

Mortgages in 2014: How New Requirements Will Affect Homebuyers

SUMMARY: Starting this year, mortgages are newly impacted by now-codified Consumer Financial Protection Bureau guidelines. And so, for first-time buyers seeking a mortgage, or those just returning to the housing market since its late-2000s collapse, we look at how the borrowing landscape has... 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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