New Research Shows That Real Estate is Both a Better and Safer Investment Than Previously Believed.

Scared of Stocks? Buy a House Instead New research shows that real estate is both a better and safer investment than previously believed. By Tyler Cowen March 21, 2019 Real estate may be a better — and safer — investment than I thought. This is my conclusion after reading a comprehensive study published this month titled, “The Total Risk ...

The Pros and Cons of Investing in Real Estate With a Partner

August 17, 2016 U.S. News & World Report By Dennis Cisterna Investing with a partner in real estate, especially residential properties, can often be appealing as a business venture due to the inherent benefits, like mitigation of risk and shared responsibilities. But proceed with caution. Real estate investing partnerships are like any other ...

The ABCs of FIRPTA

COMMERCIAL OBSERVER The ABCs of FIRPTA BY LAUREN ELKIES SCHRAM JAN. 20, 2016, 11:15 A.M. We all know that foreigners have been snapping up real estate in the United States for a while, but are they taxed the same way? Since the introduction of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act, called FIRPTA, in 1980, Congress has had a way to tax foreigners ...

Tips for Tax-Savvy Homeowners

By Anya Martin October 7th, 2015 With nearly three months left in 2015, jumbo-mortgage borrowers can make tweaks to cut their tax bill in April Illustration: Chris Gash Autumn chores: raking leaves, weatherproofing, storing the patio furniture and preparing for next year’s tax returns. With nearly three months left in the year, jumbo-mortgage ...

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, ...

ASK AN EXPERT: HOW MUCH CHEAPER IS AN APARTMENT IN A LANDLEASE BUILDING?

by Teri Karush Rogers Q.  If you have two identical apartments–one in a building that has a landlease, and one in a building that owns the land it sits on–how much less is the landlease apartment worth? A.  Expect to pay a little to a whole lot less, but be prepared for higher monthly costs, say our experts. First, ...

Home Shoppers Kicking the Tires, But Delaying Deals

BY: CONOR DOUGHERTY Potential home buyers continue to look at properties for sale but are submitting far fewer offers, the latest sign that real estate activity has cooled from the white hot pace seen during spring and summer, according to recent reports. The problem is that people are just confused. Clients are concerned about fluctuating mortgage ...

4 Things to Know About Fall Home Buying

By Margarette Burnette Leaves are turning colors, there’s a chill in the air, and autumn is upon us. It’s time for the seasons to change, and if you are a homebuyer, many real estate experts say it is also time to change your home-buying strategies. Here’s a look at some of the benefits of fall buying, and ways to minimize the drawbacks. 1. ...

Tips For Buying A House

The top 10 things you need to know when buying a home. BY: CNN MONEY 101 1. Don’t buy if you can’t stay put. 2. Start by shoring up your credit. 3. Aim for a home you can really afford. 4. If you can’t put down the usual 20 percent, you may still qualify for a loan. 5. Buy in a district with good schools. 6. Get professional help. 7. ...

Buying a House: How Much Can You Afford?

By Ronda Kaysen …When the housing bubble burst and it became clear that lenders were handing out mortgages with their eyes closed, many banks tightened their lending practices. Buyers suddenly were being asked to show stellar credit ratings and lay out 20% of the price of the home as a down payment. But, five years later, as the ...