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Santa Isn’t Coming This Christmas Because There Isn’t Any Home Equity to Tap Into

Santa Isn’t Coming This Christmas Because There Isn’t Any Home Equity to Tap Into

Tweet If this article at CNN doesn’t illustrate how screwed up people are when it comes to money, I don’t know what does. I keep hearing the argument that mortgage brokers are evil and have caused this real estate mess, and while that may be true, for every bad broker, there are just as many […]

Poll: With More Foreclosures Hitting the Market, Do You See Any Opportunities?

Poll: With More Foreclosures Hitting the Market, Do You See Any Opportunities?

Tweet It is hard to ignore all of the news surrounding real estate, subprime mortgages, and foreclosure rates, but even with such bad news, is there a bright spot to it all? You can’t deny the fact that this situation is having a significant impact on our economy and many homeowners, but as with everything, […]

My First Podcast About Buying a Home and Presented by Charles Schwab is Finally Live

My First Podcast About Buying a Home and Presented by Charles Schwab is Finally Live

Tweet I mentioned this quite a few weeks ago, and we had hoped to get everything finalized then, but there were a few technical difficulties that delayed the launch. That’s fine, because it is better late than never. This first podcast is just one of many in a series that is being developed by About.com […]

Poll: Do Mortgage Bailouts Encourage Irresponsibility and Punish Prudent Borrowers?

Poll: Do Mortgage Bailouts Encourage Irresponsibility and Punish Prudent Borrowers?

Tweet Ever since the announcements began coming out that there were going to be some bailouts to help the mortgage “crisis”, I’ve been a bit ticked off, and according to a recent Yahoo! Finance article, I’m not alone. An Absurd Example The article talks about one common example that I find absurd: For example, one […]

When Owning a Home Isn’t Always All It’s Cracked Up to Be

When Owning a Home Isn’t Always All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Tweet You’ve probably heard the advice over and over again about how owning a home is one of the major milestones in achieving financial independence. It is certainly true that by owning a home you can take ownership in something that has the potential to build equity and provide you with the freedom you might […]

The Real Estate Generation Gap: The Baby Boomers Are Trying to Sell, but Who’s Buying?

The Real Estate Generation Gap: The Baby Boomers Are Trying to Sell, but Who’s Buying?

Tweet A reader recently forwarded an interesting article to me (which I encourage everyone to do) about the real estate generation gap. This article does a fantastic job in presenting a very real problem with our current real estate situation. With an already soft real estate market the prospect of even more homes fueling the […]

Why You Need (Or Don’t Need) a Down Payment

Why You Need (Or Don’t Need) a Down Payment

Tweet I stumbled across this Kiplinger article this morning regarding why you need to have a down payment when you buy a home, and as I often do, I found some points that I disagree with. The article starts with this question: My wife and I just got married and we’d like to buy a […]

Top Five Homeowners Insurance Tips

Top Five Homeowners Insurance Tips

Tweet Your home is likely your most valuable asset–make sure you protect it. While insurance agents will help determine the kind of coverage you can buy, it is ultimately your responsibility to know what the policy covers. 1. Review your policies annually. A walk-through of your coverage needs with your agent may identify other coverages […]