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The rise of short-stay rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway is tempting homeowners to purchase vacation homes that will also generate income. For some, renting is a way to recoup some costs of a second home purchased primarily for family fun. Others do the math and find it makes sense to rent full time or…


Buying a home and getting a mortgage go hand in hand: More than three-quarters of buyers need a loan to purchase property. Yet even though we know that shopping around is key to getting the best deal on most items, plenty of us somehow miss that message when it comes to mortgages. According to a report last year from the Consumer Financial…


When it comes to handling your real estate investments, the words from U.S. businessman Peter Lynch consistently ring true: “Know what you own, and know why you own it.” The internet and big data have been critical in making that sentiment a reality. It may have been nearly two decades in the making, but no…


Investing in rental properties is one of the best ways to begin accumulating wealth. You not only build equity in the properties you own as you pay them down, but if you work your numbers right, you should also be generating some positive cash flow each month. However, like any other type of investment, there…


Buy A Rental Property With Lower Upfront Costs Real estate investments have several advantages over other investment vehicles – including preferential tax treatment, leverage, and a hedge against inflation. But it usually takes a bigger sum to purchase rental property than it does to buy a mutual fund or stock. And completing your first investment purchase can be…


An analysis of millions of credit reports comparing financial behavior patterns of those who currently rent and those who have a current mortgage revealed that tens of millions of renters might not qualify for a mortgage due to a low credit score—and that a large share of renters have other outstanding debt that is currently in…


Erin Maude returned to homeownership in December, three years after losing her condo in the U.S. foreclosure crisis. This time, she’s confident she’ll keep the house she bought with the help of a 14 percent raise and a Federal Housing Administration loan, which required little money down. “I’m very lucky,” said Maude, 38, an airline marketing…


Apartment building loans are a lot like other residential real estate financing. It all starts with a property, borrower and lender, and it all ends, if all goes well, with a closed loan and newly purchased or refinanced property. Here’s a guide to what borrowers need to know about how to buy and finance apartment…


Investing in real estate requires knowing many different tax rules, with some lucrative incentives that can dramatically lower your after-tax costs. Yet when you inherit real estate that you didn’t initially purchase yourself, it can be a challenge to figure out the potential tax implications. Fortunately, many of the complex tax rules governing real estate…


Although bank loans are still difficult to come by, there are multiple financing sources available. More and more retirement funds are being pulled out of the stock market and being invested in private mortgages. Crowd funding is becoming another viable alternative. These funding sources work well once you have them in place. However, it can…

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