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Residential Construction Is Slowly Returning To Normalcy

Every month I analyze the Census data for residential construction (permits, starts and construction completions). This past month, the headline residential building permits improved and construction completions slowed. But from time to time, we need to stand back from the...
Posted On 21 Apr 2018

How Much Home Can You Afford?

This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. It’s easy to daydream about your ideal home. It’s much harder to make it reality, especially if you...
Posted On 21 Apr 2018

Investing in Rental Property: What to Consider

By Micah Porter, CFA, CFP® When most people discuss ideas for producing investment income, investing in rental property is – after bonds – among the first to come up. The idea of generating a steady stream of income from a tangible asset is attractive, particularly...
Posted On 21 Apr 2018

4 Insurance Steps To Take When Becoming a Landlord

This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. The thought becoming a landlord—and the passive income that comes with it—appeals to many...
Posted On 20 Mar 2018

Why It’s Now Harder To Get A Mortgage With A Small Down Payment

This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. If you’re a first-time homebuyer with a low down payment and high debt, you’re going to have a...
Posted On 14 Mar 2018

Deciding on a Mortgage Lock in a Time of Rising Interest Rates

This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. Among the more nerve-wracking decisions when getting a mortgage is when to lock in the interest...
Posted On 14 Mar 2018

Mortgage Rates Are Rising: Should You Consider an ARM?

This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. With the traditional start to the home-selling season just starting, would-be homebuyers may be a...
Posted On 06 Mar 2018

Home Ownership Cost Is Slowing The Economy

There is a slowing trend for existing and new home sales. In reality, a few months of bad sales occur often in good times and bad. BUT there are housing dynamics with which we should be concerned – and these could be some of the underlying issues which are detrimentally...
Posted On 06 Mar 2018

The Pros and Cons of Buying Residual Homeowners Insurance

This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. Unless you’re buying a home outright, you’ll probably acquire a mortgage to cover its cost. And the...
Posted On 25 Feb 2018

2018 Homebuying Secrets: What You Need to Know

Over the last 15 years, the housing market has heated up. Escalating sales prices, as well as limited inventory and new regulation for lending instituted after the 2008 financial crisis, has made it challenging for some homebuyers, despite historically low  mortgage rates ....
Posted On 22 Feb 2018