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Are Strict Mortgage Loan Standards Holding Back the U.S. Economy?

By |June 7th, 2017|

In 2007, Countrywide Financial offered a mortgage loan that gave borrowers with a credit score of 720 or higher the ability to get 80% financing on up to $1 million–with little to no documentation required. At that time borrowers could […]

Is Your Local Real Estate Market Healthy? Consider Checking the Price to Income Ratio.

By |May 16th, 2017|

As a real estate investor, what data do you look at to assess the health of your local real estate market? Unlike the market in 2007, the U.S. is not in a housing bubble, as speculative excess appears isolated to […]

Robo-Advisors: Portfolios on Autopilot

By |August 11th, 2016|

Robo-advisors are hotly discussed in the financial news these days. Services such as Betterment, among others, offer a fun, accessible investment interface with no minimum investment, and lower fees than many financial advisors charge. But are robo-advisor services a good […]

Debt vs. Equity, Part Two

By |July 28th, 2016|

Debt vs. Equity, Part Two: Private Debt Funds, REITs and TICs

In our last blog, we focused on a working explanation of debt investments vs. equity investments. Today, we’ll discuss examples of both, including private real estate debt funds, REITs, and […]

Debt vs. Equity, Part One

By |July 21st, 2016|

When considering real estate investments, one of the primary considerations is whether to invest in debt or equity. Of course, both have pros and cons, and there are various investments that fall under each of these two headings. We’ll discuss […]

Trends in Real Estate Investing

By |June 30th, 2016|

If you’ve talked real estate lately, you’ve heard the chatter about the strong U.S. housing market, but have you taken a closer look at the latest trends? Let’s take a look toward the horizon and see what we think is […]