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Mortgage Fundamentals and Research

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Is 2014 Your Year to Refinance?

By James O'Brien. March 22, 2014 For homeowners looking to refinance, recent years have represented a remarkable run of low interest rates and special programs for leveraging new mortgage terms -- even if your home value plummeted during the recession. This year, in a new report, Freddie Mac predicts that borrowers who refinanced in 2013 will save a net of approximately $21 billion in interest during the first 12 months of their loans. Can you get a piece of those... more

Legal Issues in Real Estate Investments

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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 opportunity to "trade up" to larger properties, has benefited property owners for decades. Recent conditions in the real estate market, however, have made it difficult to find good values on replacement... more

Buying or Selling a Home

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7 Biggest Home Buying Mistakes

By Paula Pant. Whether you're a first-time buyer or youve been around the block a few times, there are certain home buying mistakes that trip people up time and time again. Before you sign on the dotted line to purchase your next home, take a look at these common mistakes to make sure you're not in danger of committing any of them. Falling in Love at First Sight Don't mistake your initial enthusiasm over a home as a sign that it's "the one" for you. You may be swooning over... more

Real Estate Investment

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How to Hold Real Estate In a Self-Directed IRA or Qualified Plan - Part 1

Introduction This article is meant to be an introduction to the topic and not an exhaustive guide. The topic is complicated, and I recommend that anyone interested in pursuing this type of investing seek the advice from the appropriate professionals so that you may be advised on the particulars of your individual situation. This article is written in two parts. Part I covers basic information on real estate, and Part II explains how to use retirement plans to buy, sell and hold real... more