real estate investing

Guess What Wall Street's Doing With Foreclosed Homes?

Despite the new housing construction boom, there are still lots of empty foreclosures out there, which banks have been trying to rent. But now, Wall Street wants to bundle those rental properties into securities and sell them to investors. Does this sound disturbingly familiar?

6 Simple Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy a Home

Houses are cheap. Interest rates are low. And the economy is improving. Even Warren Buffett says that housing might be the best investment today. So should you run out and buy a home? Not necessarily.

Investing Error: Don't Use Stocks as an Inflation Hedge

You%u2019ve heard it so often you can probably repeat it in your sleep: Equities are the best protection against inflation. But academic research establishes clearly that it just isn't so: Stocks aren't a good hedge against inflation at all, particularly high inflation.

A Better Way To Make Money In Real Estate

It's easy to forget, given all the success stories of people who've gotten rich in real estate, but you have to remember: Your house is not an investment. Money can be made in real estate, but you're better off considering these investment vehicles than buying property directly.

The Lowest Mortgage Rate, Ever!

America reached a milestone on Thursday: the lowest home mortgage rate in history. But at the same time as this astounding announcement, The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. home ownership declined 1.1% over the past decade, the biggest drop since the Great Depression. What does it all mean for homeowners, home shoppers, and real estate investors?

HCP to Buy $6.1 Billion of Real Estate from HCR ManorCare

Real estate investment trust HCP (HCP) agreed to buy $6.1 billion of real estate assets from HCR ManorCare Inc. HCP will acquire 338 post-acute skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in 30 states, with the highest concentrations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois and Michigan.

Best and Worst Markets for Housing Investors

If you're hoping to pick up a housing bargain, Durham, N.C., and Huntsville, Ala., are good bets. That's according to a new report that ranks the best and worst markets for conservative residential real estate investors. Reno and Sparks, Nev., however, top the "worst" list.