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As late Friday night gave way to early Saturday morning, the Senate floor was home to quite the celebratory scene. They were all there: Mitch McConnell and Orin Hatch, Rand Paul and John McCain, Randolph and Mortimer Duke, an army of Republican leaders doling out congratulations faster than corporate lobbyists can line pockets, lauding the…

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The down payment has been a big obstacle in recent years for renters looking to buy their first homes. A new mortgage offering aims to ease the burden. Home Partners of America, a rent-to-own company, is offering a new mortgage product to tenants that apply some of the appreciation in their home’s value during the time…

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Contributed by: PropertyAdvantage Becoming a real estate investor is easy — if you believe HGTV. All you need to do is find a property with a little disrepair, add some elbow grease, and you’ll be rich from the extra income. Unfortunately for us, cable television isn’t always accurate. Many of the U.S.’s hottest housing markets have…

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There are a bunch of ways to add value to your multifamily deal, such as upgrading kitchens and baths, which will yield a higher rent from prospective tenants. You can also separate utilities to pass expenses onto the tenants. We have done both, but investments like this can be costly, even if they do have a…

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A sale-leaseback allows a buyer to rent the property back to the sellers, letting them stay in the home for a predetermined amount of time after the closing. This situation is fairly common if the sellers haven’t bought a new home before their house sells, and need a place to live. Accommodating the sellers with a leaseback can…

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Government-backed mortgage services Fannie Mae says that lenders are easing their standards for consumers to qualify for a mortgage. The finding is one of the highlights from its third-quarter 2017 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey, which reveals that lenders are making it easier for some borrowers due to the increased competition they’re facing. Lenders who were surveyed…

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Posted on Aug 17, 2017 As a landlord, you know it’s important to have tenants who maintain good credit scores. What you may not know is that you can help your tenants improve their credit. Learn how it works and why this benefits you. Why Good Credit Is Important for Landlords A good credit score…

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Freddie Mac has made some changes to the way in which lenders must handle rental income.  The changes are primarily aimed at determining the stability of that income, especially when it is short term and does not involve a lease.  The changes apply to loans with settlement dates on or after February 9, 2018, but sellers…

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Housing finance reform may be making its long-awaited comeback on Capitol Hill. In recent weeks, the Senate Banking Committee has held a series of hearings on the subject, three years after the committee‘s initial attempt at crafting legislation. The Trump Administration insists reform legislation is one of its top priorities. The fact that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will each have zero capital come Jan….

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For years, you’ve been diligently paying off your personal debt. You’ve finally got a healthy savings account. You’re funding your 401(k). Everything is going well, but one thing is still missing: You’d really like to give real estate investing a try. The biggest obstacle that’s tripping you up is the financing process. 4 Options for…

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