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Better think twice before you sign a rental agreement at a self-storage facility. If you or someone you know is planning to use a self-storage facility . . . or,  maybe you already have stuff at one, you should read this. My wife and I needed to store some expensive furniture, paintings and antiq...
08/30/2013
A Few Predictions on the Eve of 2013 Predicting trends during volatile economic times in American is no easy task. However, here's my best shot. I strongly believe these are the five real estate items we should keep an eye on in 2013: Demand for Housing Will Continue to Surge The housing market h...
12/30/2012
Make sure you know what 'CFPB' and 'QRM' mean to you. Many people are wondering what will be the biggest impact on the real estate market now that the President has been re-elected. We believe strongly that increased regulation will be our biggest challenge. This regulation won't necessarily be t...
11/29/2012
  Looking for a great hands-on investment opportunity . . . Yesterday, I talked about rising rents and their impact on the long term housing expense of tenants. Today, I thought I'd take a look at the opportunities that single-family rental units present for the small investor. With house prices ...
11/14/2012
Thinking About Buying a Short Sale . . . It seems that there is a significant amount of confusion when it comes to purchasing a short sale. There are many misconceptions when it comes to this type of transaction, so below I have provided some information to potential buyers of short sales. If you...
05/08/2012
Housing Market: About to SPRING Back I firmly believe that 2012 will be the year that home sales start to climb again. Over the past thirty days, more and more experts are saying the same thing. Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase CEO “I believe we’re very close to the inflection point. People look at pr...
04/05/2012
Insights for all buyers from the National Housing Survey 2012 Each quarter, Fannie Mae releases their National Housing Survey. They survey the American public on a multitude of questions concerning today’s housing market. We like to pull out some of the findings we deem most interesting each time...
04/05/2012
Even 14-Year Olds Know It's Time To Buy! Willow Tufano is a 14 year old who lives in Florida. One thing that differentiates her from her friends is that she just bought her first house, a rental property. She bought it with her mother, but anted up her fair share with money she saved for over a y...
03/20/2012
March Madness for Real Estate and Mortgages It’s the time of year when the so-called experts tell you how to fill out your brackets for college basketball. The frenzy has been coined March Madness. Well, as far as the mortgage industry goes, we are seeing a frenzy of headlines, offers of so-calle...
03/17/2012
Do Appraisers Use Distressed Properties as Comparables? I'm often asked by my seller clients if appraisers use distressed properties (short sales and foreclosures) as comparables when doing an appraisal on non-distressed properties. Last month, the Appraisal Institute issued a paper on the subjec...
02/16/2012
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