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Health and Fitness: A Top Priority For Successful CEO And Top Executives
  • Financial & Economic News

Health and Fitness: A Top Priority For Successful CEO And Top Executives

Let’s identify the most common traits among successful CEO and top executives. The following are the key characteristics: Visionary: ability to move forward regardless of setbacks and staying true to their vision. Fearlessness: in dealing with challenges and conflict head-on. Students of the “game”: whatever the game (industry) is. The successful CEO aims to stay…

An Interesting Acknowledgement By Federal Reserve Governor, Jeremy C. Stein
  • Financial & Economic News

An Interesting Acknowledgement By Federal Reserve Governor, Jeremy C. Stein

The fact of the matter is that the fundamentals of “crowdfunding” are not new. In fact, the practice has been around for decades. That said, the recent rise of real estate crowdfunding platforms has generated equally strong opinions by supporters and critics. Jeremy C. Stein, the Federal Reserve Governor recently addressed the topic during a speech…

GEN Y Takes The Lead As The Largest Group Of Homebuyers
  • Advanced Investing

GEN Y Takes The Lead As The Largest Group Of Homebuyers

In its new annual survey of recent homebuyers, the National Association of Realtors identified GEN Y also referred to as “millennials” (33 and younger) as the largest group of homebuyers in the U.S. The survey breaks down homebuyers by generation, and shows GEN Y leading by 31%, with GEN X (ages 34-48) at a close…

A 2013 Recap and Real Estate Market Projections for 2014
  • Financial & Economic News

A 2013 Recap and Real Estate Market Projections for 2014

2014 started off slow with the perceived “cooling” of the real estate market.  Also, it started the end of Ben Bernanke, the introduction of Janet Yellen as Fed Chair, and job creation lower than previously expected. The housing recovery has pushed homes prices in most cities across our nation. Nationwide, prices rose by 10.9%, pushing…

The Dodd-Frank Act (Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection) Is Now In Full Effect
  • Advanced Investing

The Dodd-Frank Act (Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection) Is Now In Full Effect

We are all fully aware of the often too easy process of getting a mortgage loan in the years prior. Especially relevant, to the reality of the most recent financial crisis. The irresponsible lending (and borrowing) that led to the inevitable crash as these subprime loans played a key role in the subsequent recession. The Dodd-Frank…

Real Estate Cycles
  • Advanced Investing

Real Estate Cycles

During the last several years, we have seen real estate markets dramatically fall but then take an about-face with exceptional speed.  Other markets have returned to pre-2008 levels while some are still in recovery mode. After their first month in this New Year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 5.2 percent while the S&P 500 declined…

Relationship Investments
  • Advanced Investing

Relationship Investments

In the last decade, real estate lending has undergone both its share of up and downs through change. A glaring one has been the process of obtaining real estate loans. Gone are the days of doing this in person. Nowadays, it’s automated and devoid of that personal touch. Yet, relationship investments continue to be the strongest investments…

Survey Says Increases in Real Estate Allocations, Investments for 2014
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Survey Says Increases in Real Estate Allocations, Investments for 2014

We’ve been talking about this new year with a lot of optimism. Fortunately, we’re not the only ones who feel this way. Some of this comes on 2013’s end with market participants pushing the S&P 500 to 16-year highs along with the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting 18-year gains. Consumer confidence also concluded the year…

What Will 2014 Hold?
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What Will 2014 Hold?

The year 2013 may be coming to a close, but investors are already looking toward the New Year. Even more so, wondering what 2014 crowdfunding real estate will bring. While the last few months have been rife with uncertainty, the recent decision by the Federal Reserve to begin cutting monthly bond purchases may well be a…