Home  >  Financial Articles and Q&A  >  Topics  >  Real Estate  >  Articles

Articles in Real Estate

Real estate investing involves the purchase, ownership, management, rental and/or sale of real estate for profit. Should I refinance now or later? Should I invest in real estate backed securities? Read on for popular real estate questions.
0 votes

Rent vs Buy? What are the considerations?

by Larry R Frank Sr Level 20
Before you consider obtaining more debt for a mortgage, how much mortgage should you get? Lenders look at what is called your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio (with target ratio percentages). So what is your DTI ratio? This ...(more)
Comment   |  Oct 05, 2016 from Roseville, CA
0 votes

Should You Pay Your Mortgage Down?

by David Sung Yeul Chang Level 10
Not many enjoy having a large mortgage looming over their heads and racking up interest for up to 30 years. As a result many with extra cash look to pay off their mortgage as soon as possible. However paying your ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 29, 2016
0 votes

The Mortgage Refinance Process

by Ryan Patrick Zacharczyk Level 20
                  The historically low interest rates that we have seen for the past few years have allowed many homeowners to save hundreds of dollars on their monthly mortgage payment by refinancing.  If a refinance ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 21, 2016
0 votes

The Pros and Cons of a Reverse Mortgage

by Ryan Patrick Zacharczyk Level 20
A reverse mortgage can be a valuable retirement planning tool, which can greatly increase a retiree’s income stream using their largest asset: their home.  A reverse mortgage allows homeowners to borrow against their ...(more)
Comment   |  Nov 11, 2015
0 votes

A Tale of Vitality

by Carlos Sera Level 20
A TALE OF VITALITY “THE BOXER”     There are few things in life as sad as a past-his-prime professional boxer getting in the ring for one last fight.  The crispness and swagger of youth are gone and what remains is ...(more)
Comment   |  Sep 24, 2015
1 vote

Buying A Home Before Marriage

by Kristin McFarland Level 19
For a variety of reasons, millennial couples are increasingly more inclined to buy a home together before marriage. Nearly 25% of now-married couples bought a house together before tying the knot, according to a ...(more)
Comment   |  Aug 06, 2015 from Boston, MA
0 votes

Five Tips for Coming Up with a Down Payment (and not dipping into your nest egg)

by Kristin McFarland Level 19
If you are in the market for buying a home, your first focus is likely on coming up with a down payment. Coming up with a sizable down payment quickly can be difficult, and often leads to questions of how much you ...(more)
Comment   |  Aug 06, 2015 from Boston, MA
0 votes

Homebuying stats you need to know

by Kristin McFarland Level 19
Comment   |  Apr 22, 2015 from Boston, MA
0 votes

What no one tells you about buying your first home

by Kristin McFarland Level 19
Buying a home is a process. Buying your first home can be downright painful. Often buyers are enticed by low interest rates and decide to buy a home without knowing what to expect. According to a 2014 study ...(more)
Comment   |  Apr 22, 2015 from Boston, MA
19 votes

Are property valuations chasing future rent increases?

by Curtis E. Hollowell Level 20
INDEPENDENT PERSPECTIVES: Are property valuations chasing future rent increases?               First, let pictures (charts in this case) speak their 1,000 words.  Commercial property market valuations, in almost ...(more)
Comment   |  Mar 30, 2015
4 votes

Buying Your First Home

by Kristin McFarland Level 19 Staff Pick
Buying your first home is an exciting event, but it can also be intimidating. There are a lot of moving parts, in addition to finding a home that fits your needs and budget. Fortunately, with the right amount of ...(more)
Comment   |  Feb 11, 2015 from Boston, MA
0 votes

Real Estate to Have and to Hold

by Sheri Cupo, CFP® Level 20
  Depending on your unique risk tolerances and financial goals, there are times it can make sense to allocate a percentage of your portfolio to real estate investments. But there’s real estate, and then there’s real ...(more)
Comment   |  Jul 19, 2014 from Morristown, NJ
0 votes

The Differences Between a House You Live in and a House You Invest in

by Jason Hull Level 20
Probably not a good investment property “If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own, it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new, you are missing ...(more)
Comment   |  Sep 17, 2013 from Fort Worth, TX
0 votes

Six Things to Consider When Buying Your Penultimate Retirement Home

by Jason Hull Level 20
How many times have you heard someone wistfully saying that when they retire, they’re going to build a home out in the country, get a home in the city, move near the kids, or some other dream which doesn’t involve the ...(more)
Comment   |  Apr 12, 2013 from Fort Worth, TX
1 vote

Why You Should Buy LESS House Than You Can Afford

by Jason Hull Level 20
“The mansion should not be graced by its master, the master should grace the mansion.”–Marcus Tullius Cicero “I think maybe ten years from now, I’m hopefully going to be, in like, Tahiti or something. Kicking back like ...(more)
Comment   |  Apr 04, 2013 from Fort Worth, TX
1 vote

House Underwater and You Have to Move? Depreciation May Affect Your Decision to Sell

by Jason Hull Level 20
“Well, real estate is always good, as far as I’m concerned.”–Donald Trump Ahhh, the joys of home ownership. You get the white picket fence, the dog, the 2.5 kids, and you live in idyllic bliss. Until you find out that ...(more)
Comment   |  Apr 01, 2013 from Fort Worth, TX
2 votes

The Tarrant County Texas Tax Sale

by Jason Hull Level 20
“Say that five times fast…”–Many people Sold! I’m a fan of residential real estate as a part of a diversified portfolio investment strategy. In general, rents go up with inflation, and you get to expense ...(more)
Comment   |  Apr 01, 2013 from Fort Worth, TX
1 vote

Six Things You Won’t Learn About Real Estate From HGTV

by Jason Hull Level 20
“No real estate is permanently valuable but the grave”–Mark Twain “If you want to know exactly where the property line is, just watch the neighbor cut the grass.”–Unknown Today, I was in the gym. The person before me ...(more)
Comment   |  Mar 18, 2013 from Fort Worth, TX
0 votes

Inflation and the Cost of Your Mortgage

by Jason Hull Level 20
“Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.”–Sam Ewing “I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be ...(more)
Comment   |  Mar 15, 2013 from Fort Worth, TX
0 votes

The Value of Mortgage Shopping

by Jason Hull Level 20
“Kenny’s family is so poor that yesterday, they had to put their cardboard box up for a second mortgage.”–Eric Cartman Previously, I provided a checklist of things to do if you’re preparing to move in the next 12 ...(more)
Comment   |  Mar 14, 2013 from Fort Worth, TX
  • posts per page
  • 20