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California home prices have reached new highs. What does this mean for you?

Prices in San Jose, San Francisco, San Diego and now Los Angels have surpassed the heights of the previous boom of the mid 2000’s. This means home buyers are going to have a harder and more expensive time getting into the market. Condo sales will continue to rise as they may be the only alternative for some. Apartment rents are …

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Businesses that need warehouse and shipping-Crowdsourcing to the rescue!

Of course businesses understand that they can sell their products through Amazon’s sellers program and have it shipped from Amazon warehouses which are dispersed throughout the United States. Many entrepreneurs though find Amazon’s policies to be difficult to comply with and their costs high in comparison to the margins they are forced to sell at given the competitive nature of …

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Where are you? Is your physical location important in the connected world?

Is your physical location important to your overall success in today’s day of virtual everything and connected everywhere? It seems so for certain industries like Tech (and Oil, among others). Austin, TX hot startup hub has been stifled just because it is not in California, specifically, the SF Bay area.How many other companies are not getting adequate funding because of …

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Can Your Afford to Retire? Healthcare Costs May Not Let You.

With all the political turmoil and misinformation about healthcare in the United States a little cold hard fact check might be good for some people.   If you are to retire at age 65 this year and live to your expected lifespan, 83 1/2 years for women and 79 1/3 years for men, you could spend out of pocket for …

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You think housing prices are crazy in San Francisco and New York? Check out Toronto, Ontario Canada

This is definitely a bubble. Incomes have not kept up with the pace of housing prices in Toronto and Vancouver. Maybe it’s all the US people looking to move north? Well, if you are looking to move to Canada you might want to try someplace besides Toronto or Vancouver British Columbia. The prices are through the roof! Yikes! These are …

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Can you buy tax liens in New York City? Well, if you put on your big boy pants…

Tax liens have always been for sale in New York City but it just seems like certain big players always come away with them. Then of course New York being New York when they go to foreclose the drama can really begin. Take a look at this article to see what happens to tax liens when you go to foreclose …

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Steady Returns and Some Upside with NNN Leases?

Some investors have been asking me why they should take the risk of owning and operating investment properties such as apartment buildings when they could just take their money and buy a triple net leased building with a well-known tenant. There are lots of reasons why you want to be in control of your own property and not at the …

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Student loan is crushing a generation

Student loan debt and the coming avalanche of defaults and the reaction by lenders and servicers giving bad advice to borrowers is frighteningly reminiscent of the mortgage loan crisis and the outright lies told to consumers. Student loan debt is a millstone around the neck of 44 million Americans. Formal education teaches you to get a job to pay back …

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It is a great time to be a landlord or a single-family home seller!

If you’ve been out shopping for a house you know the market is tight and prices are going up and bidding wars are occurring even in sleepy places in the Midwest. There is a severe shortage of housing inventory which is also driving up rents. This article from Bloomberg has four charts which explain everything. Take a look. Housing inventory …

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