Love It and Lease It: Rent-to-Own Luxury Homes

By: Anya Martin September 9, 2015 Signing a lease option helps jumbo-mortgage borrowers save for a higher down payment, get their credit history in order and lock in on their dream-home purchase Illustration: Chris Gash A rent-to-own luxury home may help potential homeowners buy some time before it’s buying time. For potential jumbo-mortgage borrowers, ...

Foreign Investors Eyeing U.S. Real Estate, What it Means for Buyers

By Donna Fuscaldo The competition in the housing market is heating up as buyers face off with  deep-pocketed investors located both in and outside the U.S. Foreign investors are playing a big role in the U.S. real estate market and  it’s putting upward pressure on home prices. According to new research from real  estate website Trulia,  from April ...
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The 15 Most Expensive Cities For Prospective Homebuyers

          #15 Boston, Mass. Median home price: $322,000 2009 rank: 23 Median home prices listed are for the third quarter of 2011. 2009 rankings are based on median home prices for the fourth quarter of 2009. The National Housing Conference based its data on new and existing home sales figures provided by the National ...
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Here Are 7 Housing Markets Where It Makes Way More Sense To Buy Than Rent

Mamta Badkar | Aug. 12, 2012, 5:20 AM A recent study by Fannie Mae showed that 85 percent of Americans think owning a home makes more sense in the long-term than renting. Zillow has come out with a new metric called the breakeven horizon to help prospective home buyers determine whether it makes sense to buy or rent in a specific metro. The breakeven ...
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Water and Homeowners Insurance

by Susanne Romo When most people think of home insurance and claims, fire or burglary is usually the first thing that concerns people.  But what might surprise you is that neither of those claims is the most common.  Water is. And your homeowner’s policy may or not cover the damage.  The bottom line your claims adjuster will need to know is —- ...

Condo owners should buy secondary insurance

BY BARBARA HOLLAND Posted: Aug. 11, 2012 | 2:04 a.m. Q: I currently own a condominium that I rent to my granddaughter. Last Sunday, the girl who lives in the condo above mine called me and said she heard running water, and asked if would come over and see if we could figure out where it was coming from. I went over and we looked in all the storage ...
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Investors Buying Up All Of The North Hollywood Real Estate

  PRWeb Everyday thousands of offers are being made on great investment properties. Red Blue Realty tells you why. North Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) August 08, 2012 Recent findings show that a new investment trend has started due to the increased rental income investors are receiving on their properties. From small-time mom and pop landlords to mega-investment ...
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Difficult to Believe Which Is Cheaper: Housing Markets: Renting Vs. Owning

  by  Russell Legato, Residential Property Analyst Situations in the housing markets: renting vs. owning is more expensive in some parts of the country, but, cheaper in others. Seattle is one such place. In fact, the monthly rent is an average of $377 lower than it would cost to live in the same house and make mortgage payments.  Low interest ...
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Rachel L. Gerstein

Rachel L. Gerstein, President of Rlg Properties, Inc., has been working in real estate management, brokerage and development for the past 16 years. A graduate of Brown University (1991, Providence, Rhode Island) and Fordham University Law School (1994, New York, New York), Ms. Gerstein is both an attorney and an active participant in the acquisition, ...
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Lynda Nugent Smith

Lynda Nugent Smith Keller Williams Realty 4725 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Metairie, LA 70006 United States of America Tel: 504.455.0100     Read more articles by Linda Nugent Smith!