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The Dynamics of a Housing Bubble

The 2008 financial crisis was spawned by an entire universe of shaky investments that involved the packaging of mortgages into securities. It turned out that many of these mortgages had virtually no chance of ever being repaid. When higher interest rates kicked in on these bad loans, the borrowers ended up defaulting en masse.

Neighborhood Factors To Consider When Buying A House

There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a new home. Of course, you’ll want to consider things like the number of bedrooms and the size of the yard, but it’s important to keep in mind that you will not spend 100% of your time on your own property. The area...

Understanding Real Estate Terms Part Two: M-Z

Welcome to this month’s continuation of Understanding Real Estate Terms. We covered A-L in August with Part One. Now it’s time for Part Two! Real Estate terms can be confusing, especially when you’re knee-deep in a process you are unsure of. Use this glossary...

Understanding Real Estate Terms Part One: A-L

The real estate industry can be extremely confusing to those who aren’t immersed in it on a daily basis. In order to provide clarity and context to an otherwise overwhelming experience, I’ve created this glossary of related terms. Reference it any time you have a...

What Happens To Real Estate After A Death

Roughly one of every five United States households received a transfer of wealth facilitated by the death of a family member or – the second case is far less common than the former instance – friend via inheritance according to a study by the United States...

How to Avoid Common Real Estate Traps

Buying a home is an exciting occasion. Whether it is a first home or one in a long list of prior residences, choosing and then purchasing a home is an emotional process that involves money, time and commitment. Once the purchase price is paid, there is no going back....

Los Angeles Real Estate Trends in 2018

There’s a couple of words for the Los Angeles housing market: Warming up. According to Zillow, home values in the city have risen nearly 10 percent over the past year and are expected to continue to climb by 7.7 percent over the next 12 months. The median list...

Beginner’s Guide to Buying a House

There comes a time in most people’s lives that they are ready to make a huge step and purchase a home. As this requires a lot of time and effort, you want to make sure that you’re ready to take that step and, if you are, that you have the information necessary to do...

Buyer’s Market vs Seller’s Market

You often hear the question “is it a buyers market or sellers market right now” when it comes to real estate. The truth is that the answer can often change every year or even several times throughout the year. To know what type of market is available in real estate...

Best Practices for Charitable Giving

Philanthropy is simply giving back to others, at a base level. This can be done to positively impact needs or causes. There are a few ways to put together a smart charitable strategy that increases your effectiveness when you give. If you create a charitable plan,...