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With New Mortgage Rules, Prepare for More Paperwork

Private jumbo mortgages could soon become harder—and pricier—to get. New rules announced last week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will tighten lending standards in the private-mortgage market. The changes, which start in 2014, will ban lenders from issuing loans if they don’t verify a borrower’s income or assets. The CFPB rules are meant to ensure that home buyers have the ability to...

Mortgages and Private Lenders and What You Should Know

Private lending secured by mortgages against real property represents a significant area of activity within the residential real estate market. There are a multitude of reasons why borrowers seek to obtain financing from private lenders. These include: greater restrictions on traditional bank and trust company lending requirements, such as loans based on land value rather than borrower income; borrower’s that...

A Snapshot of Private Lending : The name of the property investment game for the next 2 years

When real estate investors pursue funding, one of the last places they look to is private lenders. In fact, most investors often view private lending as a big no-no, or at least the very last stop on the road to real estate investing. But new regulations and restrictions from traditional financing have influenced a trend in recent years and months of savvy property investors changing their view of private lending....

Tax-Weary US Millionaires Take to Becoming Expats

Global advisory firm catering to wealthy expats says Texas and Florida are no longer good enough for those who’ve had it with taxes Much ink has been spilled on the trend of wealthier Americans fleeing fiscally dissolute, high-tax states like California and Illinois, and heading for comparative tax havens such as Texas and Florida. The golfer Phil Mickelson made headlines recently when he wondered aloud about...

Why Savvy Offshore Investors Can’t Live Without Taking a Guided Property Tour

/ written by Marie-France Dayan / As travel technology continues to improve and emerging markets are becoming more developed, investors are searching for properties outside of North America. Vacation rentals and retirement properties are all the buzz in modern real estate. However, many investors do not take property tours prior to financing that property. Benefits There are several benefits to taking a guided...

Still Unsure About Offshore Real Estate? Take a Tour and See for Yourself!

/ written by Marie-France Dayan / Why are investors so interested in due diligence tours? What’s so special about them, and why might you, as an investor considering offshore properties, benefit from a due diligence tour? Due diligence tours give investors living, breathing proof through complete immersion that their investment is as incredible and as worthy as it sounds. With a due diligence tour, you, the...

5 Reasons To Do a Due Diligence Property Tour Before Investing in Overseas Real Estate

/ written by Marie-France Dayan / Due diligence property tours are essential for overseas real estate buyers. Before making a significant investment abroad, you need to know what you are getting into and one of the best ways to do that is through a due diligence property tour. A due diligence property tour will explore local properties and give you time to learn more about the culture to make a solid, informed...

Stretch Your Retirement Dollars in Belize

/ written by Marie-France Dayan / Many Canadians look forward to retirement. Life has become stressful because of financial concerns. They are living paycheque to paycheque and may not see a way out even in retirement. Canadians often feel worn out both by their jobs and by the harsh winter weather; they may feel they don’t have the time and energy to invest in their futures or the future of their families. n...
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