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8 Things Highly Intelligent People Never Do

We constantly hear about the principles smart people live by and the habits that make them successful. But what about the things they don’t do? Maybe these no-nos help them on their way to the top just as much the stuff they make sure to do? Let’s take a look at what things highly intelligent […]
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How to Win a Multi-Offer Bid in Real Estate Investing

Alice Lema Broker John L Scott knows that Multiple Offers can be frustrating.. here’s a few tips to stay in the running and win the deal of a life-time for more info or if have qs text Alice 541-301-7980
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Basic Principles of all Mortgage Loans

The home is used as security to back up the loan. A lender can force sale of the home if the borrower defaults by failing to make scheduled payments. The larger the loan compared to the value of the home, the more risky for the lender and, often, the more expensive the loan will be. […]
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Are vacation homes a good investment?

You can buy a vacation home today for investment purposes as well as enjoyment. And yes, there are tax benefits. Some people buy a vacation home to use as a permanent retirement home later, which allows them to get ahead on their payments. Another benefit is that the interest and property taxes on a vacation […]
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What are the differences between condos and single-family homes?

Using appreciation as a measure, condominiums in some areas have been as profitable an investment as single-family homes in the past five years. And in some markets, condos appreciated even more, according to some experts. While single-family homes have been the preferred investment by homebuyers, changing demographics are helping make condos more popular, especially among […]
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Is it smart to even consider a fixer-upper?

It depends. Distressed properties or fixer-uppers can be found anywhere, even in wealthier neighborhoods. Such properties are poorly maintained and have a lower market value than other houses in the neighborhood. Many experts recommend that before you make such an investment, first find the least desirable house in the best neighborhood. Then do the math […]
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Are foreclosures a good investment?

A foreclosure property is a home that has been repossessed by the lender because the owners failed to pay the mortgage. Thousands of homes end up in foreclosure every year. Economic conditions affect the number of foreclosures, too. Many people lose their homes due to job loss, credit problems or unexpected expenses. It is wise […]
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What About Refinancing My Mortgage?

When is the best time to refinance? It depends on how long you plan to hold on to your house and if you have to pay anything to refinance. In addition, it also depends on how far along you are in paying off your current mortgage. If you are going to be selling your house […]
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Property Taxes?

Can property taxes be deducted? Property taxes on all real estate, including those levied by state and local governments and school districts, are fully deductible against current income taxes. Mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible on a second home if you itemize. Check with your accountant or tax adviser for specifics. How are property […]
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What kind of insurance do I need?

A standard homeowners policy protects against fire, lightning, wind, storms, hail, explosions, riots, aircraft wrecks, vehicle crashes, smoke, vandalism, theft, breaking glass, falling objects, weight of snow or sleet, collapsing buildings, freezing of plumbing fixtures, electrical damage and water damage from plumbing, heating or air conditioning systems, according to the Insurance Information Institute, a Washington, […]
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Improving Real Estate

Are there government programs for rehabilitation? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 203 (K) rehabilitation loan program is designed to facilitate major structural rehabilitation of houses with one to four units that are more than one year old. Condominiums are not eligible. The 203(K) loan is usually done as a combination loan […]
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Condos and Home Associations

Are condos a good investment? Condominiums have held their value as an investment despite economic downturns and problems with some associations. In fact, condos have appreciated more in the past few years than when they first came on the scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, experts say. While there are lots of reports […]
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