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Buying an Investment Property: What Landlords Need to Know

July 31, 2014 by Leave a comment

Thinking about diversifying your investment portfolio? Many investors believe real estate provides a great investment opportunity and an easy way to develop a passive cash flow each month, via the rents they can collect from tenants. And while buying an investment property can be a smart way to add to your assets and grow your wealth, potential landlords... View Article

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4 Steps to Turn Your Rental Property into a Smart Passive Income Stream

July 29, 2014 by Leave a comment

As discussed in the first part of these series on Rental Properties as Passive Income, Is Real Estate Really Passive Income?, real estate and rental properties aren’t an immediate gateway to a passive income stream. Often, it takes hard work and a serious investment of time before properties you own can run as turnkey operations that require little... View Article

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It’s Easier to Qualify for a Mortgage Loan

May 22, 2014 by Leave a comment

Not as nervous about qualifying for a mortgage loan today? You’re far from alone. A recent survey by Fannie Mae shows that a growing number of U.S. consumers believe that they can once again qualify for a mortgage loan. Fannie Mae’s January 2014 National Housing Survey found that 52 percent of U.S. consumers believe that... View Article

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Mortgage Rates Predicted to Increase in 2014 – What Can You Do?

May 21, 2014 by 2 Comments

The mortgage and housing industry has struggled to recover since the subprime meltdown six years ago. In the aftermath of the crisis, foreclosure rates hit an all-time high in many major cities across the nation; home sales came to a standstill in other markets; and banks saw an increase in their number of short sales and... View Article

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5 Best Casual Lawn Games

May 20, 2014 by 1 Comment

As the weather warms up, we all want to be outside more. My favorite way to spend time outside is by playing some casual lawn games. Whether you’re going to the beach, having a large gathering at your house, or just hanging out in the back yard with a few friends, these games are sure... View Article

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Cons of Borrowing from a 401(k) to Buy a House

May 20, 2014 by Leave a comment

You might be excited to purchase a new home, but after learning that your lender requires a down payment, you might postpone your plans. The truth is, down payments are a major roadblock to buying a home. Currently, conventional mortgages require 5 percent down and FHA mortgages require 3.5 percent down. Although these percentages are far less than... View Article

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