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  1. Surprising Ways a Mortgage Affects a Credit Score

    It takes a good credit score to get favorable mortgage rates. Then, how you pay a mortgage will shape your score – just having ...
  2. 6 Tips to Get Approved For a Mortgage

    You can change your bank's answer to a loan request from 'No' to 'Yes'. Find out how.
  3. Option ARMs: American Dream Or Mortgage Nightmare?

    Option adjustable rate mortgages could make or break your home-buying experience.
  4. The 10 Most Expensive ZIP Codes in Los Angeles

    The top 10 most expensive ZIP codes in Los Angeles have median home prices ranging from about $3.1 to $5.1 million. What ...
  5. Shopping for a mortgage in 2016? Use this tool first.

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgages rates for 2016 can all be done online.
  6. Trends in Capital Flows: Global Equities

    Review trends in global equity mutual fund flows between 2013 and 2015, and discover what those trends say about broader ...
  7. Huntington Mortgage vs. Lending Tree: Comparing Online Mortgage Providers (HBAN, ...

    Understand the benefits of using an online mortgage company, and compare the benefits of applying online with Huntington ...
  8. Mortgage Deals: Zillow vs. Lending Tree (Z, TREE)

    Find out how the online lending marketplaces at Zillow and Lending Tree match borrowers and lenders, and which provides the ...
  9. Nationstar Mortgage vs. Quicken Loans: Comparing Online Mortgage Providers (NSM)

    Explore the advantage of refinancing your mortgage with an online lender, and compare two leading companies in online mortgage ...
  10. How To Add Real Assets To Your Portfolio

    Real assets, as distinguished from financial assets, means stuff you can touch: oil, gold, pork bellies, real estate and ...
  11. McDonald's Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (MCD)

    Find out about five key suppliers for McDonald’s restaurants from hardware and software to coffee importers and how they ...
  12. 5 Reasons Not to Use Your Home Equity Line of Credit

    Find out why taking a loan from a home equity line of credit may be a bad idea, and why you should consider alternatives.
  13. Trends in Capital Flows: U.S. Equities

    Analyze asset flow data for U.S. equity mutual funds and ETFs from 2014 and 2015 to identify changes in demand, investor ...
  14. Mortgage Refinance: Brick-and-Mortar vs. Online Lender

    Understand why refinancing your mortgage might benefit you, and compare using an online lender to working with a brick-and-mortar ...
  15. iShares U.S. Construction vs. SPDR Homebuilders: Comparing Homebuilder ETFs (ITB, ...

    Learn why the U.S. housing sector may soon take off in 2016, and discover how to easily gain exposure to the sector, through ...
  16. The 3 Best Mortgage Lenders for Refinancing

    Understand the refinancing process and why it is often beneficial, and identify several lenders that offers the best refinancing ...
  17. 3 Companies with Low Mortgage Refinance Rates

    Learn why a mortgage refinance might save you thousands of dollars in interest payments, and identify three companies offering ...
  18. This Is What Mark Zuckerberg's Portfolio Looks Like (FB, MSFT)

    Find out where the sixth-richest billionaire on the Forbes List, Mark Zuckerberg, invests his money to continue securing ...
  19. Interest-Only Mortgage Case Study: Exploring Sweden's Potential New Rules

    Explore Sweden's overheating housing market while learning about the most recently proposed solution and the effect it may ...
  20. The 3 Biggest Mortgage Lenders (NSM, WFC)

    Learn about the top mortgage lenders of 2016, trends impacting the mortgage lending markets, new product options and consumers' ...
  21. Would You Save with an Interest-Only Mortgage?

    Sophisticated borrowers might want to consider one of these loans to keep their initial payments low, but they need to fully ...
  22. Mortgage Application: Comparing Brick & Mortar vs. Online

    Learn the differences between applying for a mortgage from a brick-and-mortar lender and an online lender. Find out about ...
  23. Key Features for Selling a Home

    Besides the timing of your listing, the words you use to describe your house can help you sell it faster – and for a higher ...
  24. How to Get Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance

    Private mortgage insurance benefits the lender (the sole beneficiary of PMI), but it can add a sizable chunk to your monthly ...
  25. 4 Reasons Why Renting a Home is a Wise Decision

    We've all heard that a home is a great investment, but is it really? In this article, we will look at four reasons why renting ...
  26. Real Estate Flipping: 8 Disclosures You Must Make

    If you don't tell potential buyers about these situations and possible hazards, you could find yourself in court. Here's ...
  27. Rent vs. Buy: It’s Different for Expensive Property

    For multi-million dollar homes, renting often nets out as costing less than the expenses/other financials of buying a comparable ...
  28. 3 Reasons to Invest in Multi-family Real Estate

    Here are three reasons to consider investing in multi-family real estate as opposed to single unit rental properties.
  29. The Economics Behind a Trump Property

    Learn how Donald Trump actually makes most of his current revenue, not just from owned real estate but through branding using ...
  30. Thor Equities: Asset Manager Highlight

    Read about Thor Equities, a private equity real estate firm based in New York that was started to serve low-income communities ...
  31. The Best Day and Month to List Your Home

    Want to make a quicker sale? Get your house on the market this spring and pick the perfect day of the week to attract buyers. ...
  32. VBMFX: Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    Find out which securities hold the top five positions in the world's largest bond fund, the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index ...
  33. Buying a Home: Cash Vs. Mortgage

    If you have the funds, should you buy your home with all cash? Here's how to decide which option – cash or mortgage – makes ...
  34. Are Low-Down-Payment Mortgages Better than Paying PMI?

    When you can’t put down at least 20% on a mortgage, you usually have to have private mortgage insurance (PMI). But what about ...
  35. Why Crowdfunding Beats Direct Ownership for Commercial Real Estate

    Investing in commercial real estate can be profitable, and doing it through crowdfunding eliminates the headaches associated ...
  36. Reverse Mortgages: How They Can Cushion Retirement

    Reverse mortgages can add some wiggle room to your retirement budget. Here's the lowdown on how to use them — and how not ...
  37. QIC: Investment Manager Highlight

    Discover QIC, a global alternatives investment manager based in Australia. QIC offers a global platform of strategies, including ...
  38. Dimensional Fund Advisors: Investment Manager Highlight (BA, IBM)

    Read about Dimensional Fund Advisors, a global asset management company founded on transforming academic research into practical ...
  39. Hard Money Loans: Know This Tool for Real Estate Investors

    A hard money loan may be a faster route to financing than a bank loan, but be sure you understand the pluses and minuses ...
  40. REITs vs. ETFs: Which Are Better for Retirees?

    Real estate investment trusts (REITs) and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) both offer the potential to earn passive income in ...
  41. Reverse Mortgages: Right for Clients? Not Often

    Reverse mortgages are a legitimate vehicle for folks age 62 and up to tap into the equity in their homes for other uses. ...
  42. How to Keep a Land Investment From Going Bust

    Investing in land can yield big returns. But investors should consider their goals, as well as the following details, to ...
  43. Should You Pay All Cash For Your Next Home?

    If you can afford to buy a home for all cash, is that the best way to invest your money? Here are the pros and cons.
  44. AEW Capital Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the real estate investment manager AEW Capital Management, and learn more about the kinds of market exposure its ...
  45. ‘18-Hour Cities’: The Next Big Thing for Real Estate Investors

    The rise of the ‘18-hour city’ is the latest trend to hit real estate – with high growth potential for investors.
  46. 5 Ways to Create a Bidding War This Spring

    Sellers hoping to get multiple bids need more than a great location. It's going to require the right priced home and lots ...
  47. Is a Housing Crisis Brewing?

    Price appreciation in hot real estate markets is due to investor speculation, not income growth and traditional home buying. ...
  48. DPPs: What Advisors and Investors Need to Know

    Direct participation programs, a new alternative investment class, are gaining steam. Here's what advisors and investors ...
  49. Is It the Perfect Time for Emerging Markets Real Estate? (RWX, VNQI)

    Learn why the timing of an investment in real estate in an emerging economy is now right, and discover the risks investors ...
  50. Landmark Partners: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about Landmark Partners, one of the oldest and most influential secondary market, private-equity real estate investment ...
  51. The Best Way to Help Your Parents Buy a Home

    If your are thinking of assisting your folks with a home purchase, be sure you understand the financial consequences before ...
  52. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need To Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  53. Should You Buy A House At Auction?

    The traditional real estate market isn't the only place to conduct your home search. Auctions also bring many buying opportunities. ...
  54. 5 Effective Home Gardening Tips to Increase Home Value

    Learn more ways to add value to your home with these gardening tips.
  55. Retiring and Selling Your House? Price It Right

    When selling a home, retirees need to make sure they price it right. List it for too much and it could languish, eating away ...
  56. 4 Fixed Income Tips From Jeffrey Gundlach (HTR, NLY)

    Learn what fixed-income guru Jeffrey Gundlach has to say about the credit market in 2016 and where he suggests income seekers ...
  57. LaSalle Investment Management: Investment Manager Highlight (JLL)

    Get a look inside the private real estate investment management firm, Lasalle Investment Management, including details on ...
  58. Activision Blizzard Vs. Electronic Arts: Tale of Two Gamers in 2016 (EA, ATVI)

    Learn how Electronic Arts and Activision are using different strategies in attempts to dominate the shifting market for video ...
  59. Todd Chrisley's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about the life of businessman and reality TV star Todd Chrisley, his childhood and education, net worth and most influential ...
  60. 2 Stocks to Invest in After January's Meltdown (LUV, AMT)

    Find stocks at bargain prices after the January 2016 stock market meltdown, while focusing on companies with little reliance ...
  61. Is a McDonald’s REIT Spinoff a Good Idea? (MCD)

    Learn what the proposed spinoff of McDonald's real estate assets would have meant for the company and whether it is better ...
  62. This New Mortgage Only Requires 3% Down

    A new low-down-payment mortgage offering has attractive features, but be sure to check out all the options and get the whole ...
  63. The Pros and Cons of Using Airbnb

    Here, we look at Airbnb - what it is, how it works, and the pros and cons of using this online rental marketplace.
  64. 3 Financial Stocks Near Their 52-Week Highs Worth Selling (KIM, ICE)

    Learn about three financial sector stocks that are trading near their 52-week highs in early 2016 that might be worth selling.
  65. Before You Visit Your Tax Preparer: Do This

    The earlier you start preparing your tax records and documents, the more likely you are to have a smooth tax return experience ...
  66. Shopping for a mortgage in 2016? Use this tool first.

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgages rates for 2016 can all be done online.
  67. REITs: Still a Viable Investment?

    Are REITs viable investments now? Here's a look at the history of REITs' performance during rocky economic times and other ...
  68. What's Ahead for U.S. Commercial Banks (WFC, JPM)

    U.S. commercial banks should benefit from higher interest rates, but anxiety about worldwide economic growth has generated ...
  69. CBRE Group: An Activist Investment Analysis (CBG)

    Read about Jeffrey Ubben's amicable encroachment on CBRE Group, a financial giant struggling in 2011 that took off after ...
  70. It Pays to Be a ‘HENRY’

    Why? Because being a “High Earner Not Rich Yet” may help you buy the house of your dreams with a lower down payment.
  71. The Activist Report: Starboard's Plans for Macy's Inc. (M)

    Find out what shareholder activist Jeff Smith is up to with his plan to have Macy's divest itself of its $21 billion real ...
  72. The Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

    The receipts you cram into your wallet could be replaced with cash come tax season.
  73. The Real Estate Market's Supply and Demand Dilemma

    Should investors seek safety in real estate? Perhaps not. Here's why.
  74. HUD vs. FHA Loans: What’s the Difference?

    Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably to refer to "government loans" for would-be home buyers. But here's the distinction.
  75. 5 Ways an Open House Can Actually Hurt Your Home Sale

    Open houses have long been a way to get exposure for a home that's up for sale. But it turns out it may be more trouble than ...
  76. Now's a Terrific Time to Buy (or Refinance) a Home

    If you are looking to make a purchase or do a refi, you will benefit from continuing low interest rates – that could dip ...
  77. Invest in Manhattan Real Estate with Just $20K

    Investing in commercial Manhattan real estate is no longer reserved for the one percent. Here's how you might be able to ...
  78. 5 Reasons the HELOC Market is Expected to Heat up in 2016

    HELOCs dried up after the housing meltdown, but thanks to an improving economy, job market and rising home values they are ...
  79. Commercial Real Estate Agent: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn more about the qualifications, daily and regular responsibilities, and average yearly salaries of commercial real estate ...
  80. When Are You Too Old for a Mortgage?

    The answer to that question is a personal one, as long as your finances qualify you for a home loan. Here are the factors ...
  81. Additional Streams of Income for Seniors

    Find out how a reverse mortgage can work in your favor during retirement.
  82. 3 Companies that Graduated from Micro Cap to Small Cap in 2015 (NEO, NSA)

    Learn how and why some companies rise from the micro-cap range to the small-cap level. This knowledge will help you target ...
  83. What is an Alt-A Mortgage?

    Called "liar loans" for their low documentation requirements, Alt-A mortgages were hot until the subprime crisis. Now Wall ...
  84. Take the Pain Out of Selling Your House – Online

    Is an online selling service really better than selling your home the old-fashioned way? It depends on what you're after
  85. The Complete Guide to Financing an Investment Property

    If you're considering adding an investment property to your portfolio, you need to know what your options are for financing ...
  86. New Rules May Make It Easier to Get a Mortgage

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have come to terms with lenders on how to solve mortgage disputes. This could be good news for ...
  87. Best Mortgage Companies Friendly to Retirees

    If you’re no longer in the workforce and need a loan to buy a home, which companies are the most welcoming? Plus, good news ...
  88. Don't Get Overcharged for Your Mortgage

    Don't pay more for a mortgage than necessary. Here’s a quick look at the different categories and how to be sure you're getting ...
  89. How to Get More Yield From Your Investments

    Yield seeking investors can boost the amount of income their investments generate through tweaking their portfolio of stocks ...
  90. 4 Real Estate Plays for Income Seekers in 2016 (CCI, HCN)

    Discover four real estate investment trusts that have favorable business developments and provide attractive dividend yields ...
  91. You'll Need to Shell Out More for a Mansion

    But not everywhere. The places prices are still booming are ultra-luxe enclaves, such as Beverly Hills and the Hamptons.
  92. The Basics of Reinvesting REIT Dividends

    Learn the essentials of dividend reinvestment in real estate investment trusts and how a dividend reinvestment plan can magnify ...
  93. 10 Tips for Getting a Fair Price on a Home

    When the housing market booms, it's tougher than ever to get a good price. Make sure the house you choose is worth the price ...
  94. The 5 Best Real Estate Lawyers in Los Angeles

    Discover some of the top real estate lawyers practicing in the Los Angeles area, and learn more about the kinds of legal ...
  95. 5 Best Real Estate Markets for 2016

    Real estate investing can be very lucrative, and these five markets are poised for a profitable 2016.
  96. The 5 Best Real Estate Lawyers in Boston

    Discover some of the best real estate lawyers working in Boston, and read more about their legal experience and special practice ...
  97. The 5 Best Real Estate Lawyers in Chicago

    Read about some of Chicago's top lawyers working in real estate law, and find out what types of clients they serve and what ...
  98. Performance Review: Real Estate in 2015

    Find out why there are signs of another housing bubble after a great year for real estate investors in 2015, and see some ...
  99. Beach Property in California: The Pros & Cons

    Learn the pros and cons of buying a beach condo in California, and how to protect yourself from common pitfalls many condominium ...
  100. Beach Property in Puerto Rico: The Pros & Cons

    Learn these important tips for buying a beach condo in Puerto Rico. You need to have a buyer's agent and an attorney to represent ...
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