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Wildfire near L.A.: Firefighters brace for wind gusts, heat – latimes.com

Published on Thursday January 16, 2014

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Real Estate of Edith Warton’s ‘The Age of Innocence’

Published on Friday January 03, 2014

A Pair of Bluebloods With Blueprints Real Estate of Edith Warton’s ‘The Age of Innocence’ Rowhouses built by Rebecca Jones stood on the east side of Fifth Avenue, from 55th to 56th Street, in 1870…. read more

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Walk to Train Essential

Published on Friday January 03, 2014

Walk to Train Essential Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times The Buyer Gary Kuchta is reconfiguring the space in his new two-bedroom apartment. By JOYCE COHEN Published: January 2, 2014 By the time Gary Kuchta moved to New… read more

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Apartment for Sale, Taste Included

Published on Friday January 03, 2014

Apartment for Sale, Taste Included Sasha Maslov for The New York Times Cindy Gallop’s décor was influenced by a night in Shanghai. Now her apartment awaits an equally romantic buyer. By JOANNE KAUFMAN Published: January 3,… read more

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Unemployed in Europe Hobbled by Lack of Technology Skills

Published on Friday January 03, 2014

Unemployed in Europe Hobbled by Lack of Technology Skills Unemployed in Europe Hobbled by Lack of Technology Skills – NYTimes.com. Many young people in Ireland and other European countries are finding that their skills are… read more

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Snowstorm Is Followed by Bitter Cold in Northeast

Published on Friday January 03, 2014

Snowstorm Is Followed by Bitter Cold in Northeast   New York City workers cleared sidewalks in Brooklyn following the snowstorm. By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ A powerful winter storm that pushed through the New York region overnight left… read more

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How to Choose the Right Neighborhood

Published on Thursday January 02, 2014

How to Choose the Right Neighborhood Buy   |  Oct 7, 2013   |  By: Michele Lerner  | Any good Realtor will share the mantra, “location, location, location” when talking about the attributes that help a home hold its value… read more

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How to Choose the Right Neighborhood

Published on Thursday January 02, 2014

How to Choose the Right Neighborhood Buy   |  Oct 7, 2013   |  By: Michele Lerner  | Any good Realtor will share the mantra, “location, location, location” when talking about the attributes that help a home hold its value… read more

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Property Trax: Dane County foreclosures down by a quarter in November

Published on Thursday January 02, 2014

Property Trax: Dane County foreclosures down by a quarter in November Property Trax Reporter Karen Rivedal tracks the trends in real estate locally and beyond, with a focus on the people who buy it, sell… read more

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Connecticut Plagued By Soaring Foreclosure Rate

Published on Thursday January 02, 2014

Connecticut Plagued By Soaring Foreclosure Rate by KAOMI GOETZ December 31, 2013 4:39 AM   In the U.S. last month, home foreclosures fell to the lowest level since the mortgage crisis began eight years ago…. read more

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Foreclosure filings drop in Topeka, appear poised to fall again | CJOnline.com

Published on Thursday January 02, 2014

Foreclosure filings drop in Topeka, appear poised to fall again Statewide foreclosure activity also decreases in November Posted: January 1, 2014 – 4:37pm By Megan Hart megan.hart@cjonline.com Foreclosures fell in Topeka in November, and data from… read more

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New Maryland bill could shorten debt collection after foreclosure

Published on Thursday January 02, 2014

Maryland legislators will consider a bill that would reduce the time from years to days that debt collectors have to take homeowners to court for the leftover debt on their foreclosed homes. The Maryland Consumer… read more

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Foreclosures drop in Boston

Published on Thursday January 02, 2014

Foreclosure activity in Boston plunged dramatically in 2013, falling to the lowest level in a decade as the local economy strengthened and housing prices rebounded. Lenders initiated 230 foreclosure petitions last year, down from 890… read more

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The Problem With Internet Real Estate

Published on Thursday January 02, 2014

Unlike real-world real estate, the Internet has unlimited space for new housing. But every new addition to the Internet changes the entire market for what already exists online. In this comic, we see how a… read more

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Track the Snow Plows Across New York City in Real Time

Published on Thursday January 02, 2014

Snow can put plans on indefinite pause, especially if your primary mode of transportation is a car. But now, instead of staring out the window waiting for a snow plow to come to the rescue,… read more

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Is eBay Planning to Launch Its Own Virtual Currency?

Published on Thursday January 02, 2014

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Real Estate Investment Skills are Learnable

Published on Tuesday December 17, 2013

It’s amazing to watch a novice real estate investor progress through the learning curve to the realization that they are going to succeed when they had so many doubts before.  They wanted success, but the… read more

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How to move from Passive to Active Real Estate Investing

Published on Tuesday December 17, 2013

Tens of millions of investors are diversifying their portfolios across some or all of stocks, bonds, REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), and other assets.  While you may actively engage in studying the stock and bond… read more

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More Profit in Fix-And-Flip

Published on Monday December 02, 2013

There’s More Profit in Fix-And-Flip As a fix-and-flip investor you can enjoy one of the highest profit margins in real estate investment … if you do it right. There are many ways to make money… read more

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Holding Costs and Your Home Sale Price Goal

Published on Monday November 18, 2013

The traditional way for a homeowner to sell their home is listing in a local MLS, Multiple Listing Service, through a real estate agent/broker. The real estate company charges a listing fee, normally a percentage… read more

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Fixing up & flipping and what’s the cost for “Icebergs”

Published on Monday November 18, 2013

The added profit component in fix-and-flip is the profit you can build into the deal through your renovation or repair function. Of course this requires accurate estimation of two variables. The less complex variable is… read more

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Contingencies in Real Estate Deals

Published on Monday November 18, 2013

Retail shopping is usually pretty uncomplicated. The price is posted on the item, and if there’s a discount or sale it’s posted as well. Car shopping is another experience entirely, and we don’t want to… read more

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Building a Productive Buyer List for Real Estate Investment

Published on Thursday November 07, 2013

Other than the simple purchase of a long term rental property, the other ways in which we make money in real estate normally require that we locate a buyer for a property. We may be… read more

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Catch the Bank Early or Wait Them Out and Get a Better Deal

Published on Thursday November 07, 2013

The title of this article may seem to be contradictory in those few words. We’re talking about foreclosure properties, so we want to see if there is a way to cut a better deal if… read more

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Better ROI for Your Family and Friends

Published on Wednesday November 06, 2013

Real estate investing creates a number of opportunities for the new investor, some requiring little or no cash to get started. Even if you’re an investor with some cash and you’re employing multiple strategies, you’re… read more

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An ARM Could be Right for the Rental Investor

Published on Wednesday November 06, 2013

The rental property real estate investor strives to profit from their investment in two ways: 1. Monthly positive cash flow over all expenses including the debt service. 2. Equity appreciation to sell at a profit… read more

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It’s Always a Great Market for Real Estate Investing

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

There have always been homeowners in this country, and there have always been renters.  This isn’t going to change, and the other interested real estate party is the investor.  They’ve been around since the beginning… read more

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What is “Vicarious Liability?”

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

Most of us call them “real estate agents,” but this has become a generic term for any licensed real estate professional.  It doesn’t necessarily mean that they are really legally an “agent” of the buyer… read more

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What Are Your Ownership Rights in Your Condo?

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

If you’re considering purchasing a condominium, there are many good reasons people cite for doing so.  Enjoying life for many people doesn’t include yard work and exterior property maintenance.  You don’t have to do those… read more

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The Unknown Mortgage Program with NO Down Payment

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

After the housing and mortgage crash from 2007 through improvement that began in 2012, there are millions of would-be home buyers sitting on the sidelines wondering if it’s a good time to buy.  With home… read more

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Home Buyers Need to Get a C.L.U.E.

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

There is a generally overlooked trend in the scrutiny of home buyers and sellers, and it can keep you from buying a home. It may also make it more difficult to sell as well. We’re… read more

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The Next 20 Years of Home Ownership

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

Let’s cut out a portion of history for a moment, the period from 2006 through 2012. The 20 years from 1986 through 2006 were great years for homeowners. At almost any time during that period,… read more

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The Benefits of Joining a Real Estate Investment Club

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

Real estate investment clubs are in just about every community around the country. People interested in real estate investment, active investors, mortgage brokers, attorneys, real estate agents, appraisers, surveyors and others are members. As with… read more

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Pro-ration of Taxes on the Settlement Statement

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

Anyone you ask about their first experience buying a home and attending the closing will likely tell you that it was confusing in some aspects and the settlement statement was a mass of numbers that… read more

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Don’t Bring the Moving Van Too Early

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

It’s exciting to move into a new home you’ve just purchased. Whether it’s brand new or an existing home, it’s still new to you. You’ve just made your way through a long process, maybe months… read more

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Lease Purchase for Home Buyers

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

Few people would disagree that it’s been a tough five years for homeowners and those who want to own a home. The real estate and mortgage crash that began in late 2006 has resulted in… read more

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Homeowner Insurers Getting Tougher

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

Though we’d all be hard-pressed to find specific reasons for it, homeowner insurance companies are getting a whole lot tougher to deal with these days. One reason may be the natural disasters, like hurricanes, that… read more

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What’s the Right Price to List Your Home?

Published on Thursday October 24, 2013

The quick flip answer to the title question is to list your home for sale at the highest price current buyers will pay…Yay! That was easy. Actually, it’s accurate but the trick is to figure… read more

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What Are Title Insurance Exceptions?

Published on Tuesday October 22, 2013

In most real estate purchase transaction processes from the contract through closing, a title insurance company will do a thorough search for all documents recorded that reference the property being purchased.  They could be past… read more

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Think Like a Seller When You’re Buying a Home

Published on Tuesday October 22, 2013

I’m not suggesting that you try to get into the head of the seller when you’re buying a home.  This is about thinking of the other end of the home ownership cycle; the sale.  Of… read more

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The Reach of the Real Estate Commission

Published on Tuesday October 22, 2013

There are a whole lot of people involved in the sale of a home, and more than a single real estate brokerage in most cases. In this article we’ll give you an overview of the… read more

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Under One Roof, Many Generations

Published on Tuesday October 22, 2013

Homebuilders are designing new multigenerational McMansions for households made up of several generations under one roof. Miami-based Lennar, one of the country’s largest homebuilders, started marketing its new designs in 2011, featuring 3,000 square feet… read more

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Should You Take Credit Cards for Rent Payments?

Published on Tuesday October 22, 2013

Let’s talk not just about credit cards, but debit cards as well. We’ve become a “plastic” society, with fewer checks written at the grocery checkout and everywhere else. It’s simply more convenient to pay with… read more

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Choosing a Home Inspector

Published on Tuesday October 22, 2013

The home inspection is a very important part of the transaction process when buying a home. Buyers want assurances that the home is in good condition, or at least they want to know about any… read more

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Capitalization Rate for Real Estate Investors

Published on Tuesday October 22, 2013

Generally, commercial real estate investors utilize Cap Rate, or Capitalization Rate, more than residential investors.  However, it’s great for valuation of multifamily properties, even duplex to four-plex properties.  So, what is Cap Rate?  One definition… read more

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What is a Real Estate Bird Dog & Should You Try It?

What is a Real Estate Bird Dog & Should You Try It?

Published on Friday October 18, 2013

Anyone who has considered real estate investing when they are cash-challenged has probably read about becoming a “bird dog.” This activity is said to be both a great learning tool to get your feet wet… read more

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Mortgage Origination Tanks

Published on Wednesday October 02, 2013

By Octavio Nuiry For the last few years, mortgage origination and refinancing has been the dominant revenue stream for the TBTF banks. But now the go-go years may be over. The banking sector is reeling… read more

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Is The Next Real Estate Bubble Already Underway?

Published on Wednesday October 02, 2013

By Octavio Nuiry Back in 2005, when the U.S. housing market was on fire, and cab drivers, gardeners and beauticians were flipping houses with abandon, a few housing Cassandras warned that prices were rising too… read more

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Best Cities To Live In For Single People

Published on Wednesday October 02, 2013

Summer has once again come to an abrupt end and autumn has begun to set in. Summer is for fun in the sun, vacations with friends, and fun late nights. But now the nights are… read more

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10 Best Colleges For Football Fans

Published on Wednesday October 02, 2013

It is that time of year again, when the leaves start to change colors, the temperature begins to drop, kids are back in school, and the weekends are reserved for football. The National Football League… read more

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Wall Street Chickens Come Home to Roost

Published on Wednesday October 02, 2013

The Wall Street housing chickens are coming home to roost. Less than two year after the Wall Street casino barons opened up the residential real estate buy-to-rent roulette, one of the first gamblers was cashing… read more

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U.S. Home Prices Rise To 7 Year High

U.S. Home Prices Rise To 7 Year High

Published on Tuesday October 01, 2013

U.S. home prices rose sharply in July, reaching a seven year high, as demand outpaced supply in many metropolitan areas. Nationwide, prices rose 12.4 percent in July compared with the same period last year, according… read more

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Affordability Housing In California Plummets

Published on Tuesday October 01, 2013

Real estate writers rarely cover housing affordability. It’s not a sexy topic. But seasoned real estate investors keep a watchful eye on housing affordability. Rising home prices in California’s coastal communities — San Francisco, Los… read more

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