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Do HOA Dues Cover Taxes & Insurance?

Buying an attached home, such as a condominium or townhouse, is often an affordable way to become a homeowner. These homes belong to a larger community run by a homeowner's association. HOAs oversee various aspects of the community and require each homeowner to pay dues. HOA ...

Tenant-in-Common Investments

Sometimes also called syndications or TICs, tenant-in-common investments are ways to own pieces of real estate assets. Instead of buying a small asset by yourself, a TIC allows you to pool your money with up to 34 other people to buy a larger asset. While TICs give you the ...

How to Invest in Raw Land

It has been said that real estate, particularly land, is a solid investment because the supply is limited -- nobody is producing any more. Although the growth of population seems to guarantee that land prices will increase, making it a good investment, you must be careful and ...

Difference Between a Private Real Estate Fund & an REIT

Investors can use both private real estate funds and REITs as tools for diversifying a long-term investment portfolio. You can invest in real estate as a hedge against inflation and as a source of stable income. The factors dictating whether to invest in real estate via REITs or ...

What Does Positive Equity Mean?

When it comes to personal debt, it’s important to maintain positive equity. This means the value of purchases you’ve financed is greater than the loan balance. Owing more on a house or car than what it’s worth means you’re upside down on the loan and could be headed for serious ...

How to Evaluate the Worth of Farm Land Acreage

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture points out, farm real estate values are critical for farmer-landholders to ascertain for a variety of reasons. Farm land is the principal source of collateral for loans, in addition to being the basis of farmers' retirement funds. Changes in ...

The Owner-Occupied Tax Deduction

Owner-occupied rental properties like duplexes receive extremely favorable tax treatment. The Internal Revenue Service treats them as a hybrid of two properties -- a personal residence and an investment real estate property -- and lets you claim both personal and investment ...

How to Buy a Condo for Investments with 10 Percent Down

While there are numerous arguments in favor of buying your investment condo for 20 percent or more down, namely, lower interest rates and a smaller amount to borrow, you may be able to pull off a down payment of 10 percent if your credit passes muster with your lending ...

What Kind of Assets Can Go Into a Land Trust?

A land trust represents a type of revocable trust designed to hold real estate. While most trusts are used extensively in estate planning, land trusts have two different purposes. One purpose is to keep the identity of a real estate owner out of the public records by holding the ...

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