Archive for March, 2014

Pending Home Sales Down Again Due To Low Inventory, But New Homes Are Coming

Pending home sales in the United States declined for the eighth straight month in February, according to the latest index from the National Association of Realtors. The data reveals that modest increases in the Midwest and West were offset by declines in the Northeast and South and all regions are…

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Starting Marijuana Businesses Comes With Big Risks

Many entrepreneurs are hearing about the huge sums of money to be made in medical marijuana, but the risks never seem to make the same headlines. Owners of these businesses are finding that the harsh reality of selling a federally illegal product never really goes away. California, which was the…

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4 Great Reasons to Invest in Rental Properties

There are three basic necessities that humans have: Food (including water), clothing and shelter. These three things will always be in demand, because all humans need them. People were investing in shelter, or real estate, long before commodities exchanges, futures or stock markets existed

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If landlord prefers ‘Google people,’ is that illegal discrimination?

A retiree trying to rent an apartment in Silicon Valley meets a leasing agent who might care about how the applicants earn their money.

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Controversial FHA payoff rule to end

At closings, the housing agency had required a full month’s interest from sellers who prepaid their mortgage. WASHINGTON — Can you be charged interest on your mortgage even after you’ve fully paid it off?

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Homeowner association has duty to protect records and documents

Handing over the association’s documents and records, including titleholder information and accounts, to a management company creates a security issue. Question: I’m the president of our homeowner association mainly because no one else wants the job.

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Home of the Week: Moorish Revival style in the Hollywood Hills

The 1920s Hollywood Hills home, with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, features a living room with large windows that frame mountain and cityscape vistas.

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For $50 million, Bundchen and Brady will throw in the moat

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady list their Brentwood estate at $50 million. The four acres of grounds contain waterfalls, ponds, an infinity pool and a moat-like koi pond that meanders alongside the mansion

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Australian Housing Affordability Falling

Housing affordability in Australia declined slightly in the final quarter of 2013, driven by the impact of previous interest rate cuts tapering off, according to the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. ‘Those in the housing market or who…

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Why Selling a Business is the Wrong Strategy for Most Owners

Shareholders rarely make more money than in the sale of income-producing assets. However, from a finance perspective, it rarely makes sense to sell

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