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Investing in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Properties

One of the ways the federal government promotes homeownership is by providing financing through Fannie Mae (FNMA or Federal National Mortgage Association), Ginnie Mae [more…]

Who Are the Biggest Issuers of Agency Bonds?

The three largest issuers of agency bonds are the Federal National Mortgage Association (known colloquially as Fannie Mae), the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation [more…]

Real Estate Investing in a Down Market

Real estate has certainly seen some ups and downs over the past ten years. Anyone who purchased property five years ago knows the painful lessons of investing in an up market. However, investing in real [more…]

Real Estate Investing Terms for Canadians

Wondering what the acronyms CREA, MLS, or CMHC stand for? Decode the jargon and brush up on your real estate investing vocabulary with these key terms: [more…]

Scouting Canadian Properties for your Real Estate Investing Portfolio

Considering a few practical elements may help you choose between an adorable rental property in the middle of nowhere or a tear-down shack with long-term potential. Keep these factors in mind when you’re [more…]

Finding Canadian Real Estate Investing Help

When you need reliable, Canadian real estate help in a hurry, The Canadian Real Estate Association, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Bank of Canada Web sites are your best bets. [more…]

Real Estate Investing For Canadians For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Interested in adding Canadian real estate to your investment portfolio? Give yourself a head-start by brushing up on your real estate terminology, learning how to identify profitable properties, and knowing [more…]

Real Estate Investing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Real Estate Investing For Dummies covers tried and proven real estate investing strategies that real people, just like you, use to build wealth. Investing in real estate isn’t rocket science but does require [more…]

Exchange Traded Funds: Five Distinguishing Characteristics of REITs

There are three reasons that REIT ETFs are an investment class of their own. These reasons explain why REITs deserve some special status in the world of investments. [more…]

Exchange Traded Funds: Calculate a Proper REIT Allocation

You don’t really need REIT ETFs for the income they provide. Some people have this notion that withdrawing dividends from savings is somehow okay but withdrawing principal is not. Don’t make that mistake [more…]

Pick REIT ETFs for Your Portfolio

Although more than 30 REIT ETFs are currently available to U.S. investors, a handful really stand out for their low costs and reasonable indexes. In fact, making the selection shouldn’t be all that hard [more…]

Principles for Real Estate Investment Success in Australia

Everyone wants to give you advice on when, and how, to invest in property. But often that advice is misguided when you take the market and economic factors into account. Here are some timeless pieces of [more…]

Property in Self-Managed Super Funds

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) entered an exciting new era from late 2007 with the ability to buy geared property. The Global Financial Crisis meant a slow start, but now opportunities abound for a SMSF [more…]

Property Investing For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian Edition)

Thinking of investing in residential or commercial real estate, but not sure where to start? As everyone knows, talking about where the property market is headed [more…]

7 Top Home-Buying Mistakes People Often Make

Insanely low mortgage interest rates—and the knowledge that they’ll eventually go up again—make a lot of people feel like it’s time to buy a house right now. [more…]

8 Top Home-Selling Mistakes People Often Make

It’s a challenging market for home sellers right now. Buyers have a lot of options — and they don’t have to buy what you’re selling. Your house is likely just one located in a sea of for-sale signs, so [more…]

How to Invest in a Bearish Economy

Stocks are versatile in that you can make money from these investments even when they go down in value. Techniques range from using put options to going short, or doing a short sale of stock. [more…]

Ways to Mitigate Risk in Commercial Real Estate Investments

Is commercial real estate risky? You bet it is, but risk is a facet of doing business — any business. You can't avoid it. But here's the good news: Risks can be managed to levels of great certainty. Being [more…]

Myths and Questions about Investing in Commercial Real Estate

Like any complicated business, commercial real estate investing has its share of myths and questions. Knowing this information brings forth some valuable truths that will rescue you from the trappings [more…]

Commercial Real Estate Due Diligence

Due diligence is the process of "doing your homework" on the property that you're thinking about buying as an investment. It's the process of checking, double-checking, and confirming any important information [more…]

Commercial Real Estate Investing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Thinking about becoming a commercial real estate investor? Commercial real estate is many things, so knowing some common misconceptions about it can keep you straight amidst the confusion. Remember that [more…]

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