Americans on the Move: 2013 Population Migration

Posted by Doug on February 26, 2014
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Americans are on the move, and coming to a state near you. In 2013, a top moving company called United Van Lines performed a survey that measured the amount of citizens moving in and out of each individual state. This is not a newly designed survey. United Van Lines has been tracking and calculating inbound and outbound moves through America for the thirty-seven years. The results of the 2013 survey provide insight into various housing markets, and for some states, there are definitive reasons behind the loss or gain of population. Read on for a look at U.S. Migration in 2013, and see which states’ populations are decreasing in numbers while others are flourishing.… Read the rest

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Organizing Real Estate Records Digitally

Posted by Doug on February 20, 2014
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Keeping digital files of your real estate records is a safe, green, and ever-increasingly reliable way to maintain important documents indefinitely. Better still, the right system makes everything searchable and easily accessible. The hardest part of any task is knowing where to start, so here is a step-by-step guide to getting all your relevant files prioritized, organized and, finally, digitized.

1. Figure out what documents you need

Odds are, if you worked with a realtor to find your house, there were a large number of emails exchanged, documents that you were asked to look over, perhaps sign and return. Some of it you will need to retain, other pieces can be safely discarded.… Read the rest

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Liberty Station – San Diego

Posted by Doug on February 06, 2014
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Liberty Station is a 361-acre project that involves the conversion of San Diego’s former Naval Training Center into a self-contained community that will include residences, offices, a retail center, an educational district, a large arts and cultural center, a number of hotels, and 125 acres of parks and open space. The project site is rigidly zoned to separate each of the uses into their own homogeneous districts.

The development is very favorably situated on a waterfront location just west of the airport and only a few miles from downtown San Diego. The project is notable for its renovation of dozens of historical buildings that will be adapted for stores, offices, art and dance studios, schools, and a myriad of other purposes.… Read the rest

US Communities with Highest Property Taxes

Posted by Doug on February 03, 2014
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Home owners can’t seem to catch a break in the U.S. Property taxes are crippling home owners’ finances and budgets across the country and are having an effect on commercial property investment. Some communities have definitely been hit hard than others, though. The majority of U.S. counties require a property tax bill between $500-$1500 annually.  Sadly, that amount is nothing compared to the tax bill required in some U.S. counties. Read on for a look at some of the communities with the highest property taxes in the country.

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New York has one of the highest property taxes in the United States.… Read the rest

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Best Cities for Commercial Real Estate Investing

Posted by Doug on December 29, 2013
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Commercial real estate is a huge market that generates billions of dollars worldwide.  The global research team Cushman and Wakefield present an annual report that examines commercial real estate; in which they write where the most investing happened in the past year and where the investing is likely to occur in the following year.  According to the report, in 2013 the top ten biggest cities for commercial real estate investing were as follows: New York City, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, San Francisco, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Paris, Houston and Chicago.  The report continues to rank 15 more cities worldwide.  Although unlisted, within the report the research team examines the top 100 cities to look at trends of commercial real estate investing. … Read the rest

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Top Real Estate Mutual Funds

Posted by Doug on November 22, 2013
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With the Dow Jones topping 16,000, more investors are looking to the stock market for new opportunities.  Some are realizing that the economic recovery has begun to revitalize the real estate market as well as other parts of the economy.  This is making real estate mutual funds attractive to savvy investors for the first time since the mortgage crash in 2007-2008.

NYSEExperts note that real estate is usually a good investment, in terms of mutual funds, because property prices are actually less volatile than general stock prices.  This makes them a relatively stable investment and a number of analysts recommend that real estate funds be a part of any healthy, diversified portfolio.… Read the rest

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Learning About Investments Online

Posted by Doug on October 17, 2013
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The digital age is revolutionizing education — and not just because there are online universities for those seeking a degree. All sorts of knowledge is now being shared through streaming and downloaded video.

Many people are finding the lessons available at khanacademy.com to be useful not just for helping their children with homework, but for refreshing or expanding their own knowledge base. Adults who want to know the difference between stocks and bonds can view this video – or watch dozens of other stock-related videos on the site:


Bonds vs. Stocks: The difference between a bond and a stock.
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Tribal Lenders under Attack in New York

Posted by Doug on August 26, 2013
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Short-term personal loans, sometimes referred to as payday loans, are being called into question all around the country.  Recent actions in New York, however, have taken the fight against these loans a step to far. By attempting to halt all online loans to residents in the state, authorities have attacked the sovereignty of tribal lenders who offer loans in New York.

The doctrine of tribal sovereignty in the US goes back several hundred years.  Congressionally-recognized tribes are protected from interference by state and local authorities.  This sovereignty has been challenged many times in the past and has been upheld repeatedly by the Supreme Court as well as lower courts and federal laws.… Read the rest

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Best Cities for Property Investment

Posted by Doug on July 16, 2013
Real Estate / 1 Comment

The economy is rebounding and the real estate market is beginning to recover, but home prices are still low enough to make it easy for those with good credit to be able to buy. In addition, many families who lost their homes to foreclosure are looking for houses in good neighborhoods with affordable rents. It is the perfect formula for purchasing an investment property or two and renting it out for a profit.

Before jumping into the landlord business, investors need to consider the first rule of real estate: Location, Location, Location.  While there are opportunities in most markets to snap up foreclosed or devalued single-family homes that can be rented out for a tidy profit, some areas are riper for the picking than others.… Read the rest

Where are the Best Lawyers?

Posted by Doug on July 12, 2013
Legal / 1 Comment

This country likes to rate things — to know who is the best, the biggest, the first in all things. People want the assurance that the professionals they are hiring are the best in the business. They want the best doctors to take care of their health and they want the best lawyers from to look after their legal affairs. They just need to know where to find those top lawyers.

It is possible to search through hundreds of law offices and interview dozens of attorneys in order to find the best ones, but that can be more time consuming than is warranted by a specific case or legal need.… Read the rest

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