What Drives Interest Rates?

Have you been watching interest rates going up and down, and wondered why?  What drives interest rates?  Are they totally unpredictable, or can we get a sense for what direction interest rates are headed? As it turns out, they are not totally random.  You just have to think like an investor rather than a borrower. ...

Coast into Retirement with the Smart Addition of a Great a Vacation Home

When you finally hit retirement, you want to take things a little bit easier. After all, you worked hard to reach this point so it’s time to enjoy life! A well-chosen vacation home can be the perfect addition to your new lifestyle. Money first. Truth be told, you put a lot into reaching this stage...

Is Now a Good Time to Sell My Rental Property?

3/14/2048 | Casey Fleming |Is it time to sell your rental property?  The odds are good that if the answer isn’t “yes,” it will be soon.  Let’s examine why: Diminishing return on assets We tend to evaluate income-producing property using a cap rate; the net income on the property is x% of its value.  But...

5 Reasons Smart Investors Choose Turnkey Investment Properties

9/20/17 | Diana Eastman Wouldn’t it be great to reap all of the benefits of owning a real estate investment property without having to “sow” the time commitments, money, and labor? If it sounds too good to be true, maybe you haven’t considered turnkey properties. Turnkey properties are one of the easiest ways to get...

The Mortgage Money Pool

3/13/2017 | Casey Fleming Do you wonder where the money comes from that you borrow when you get a mortgage?  Does it matter if you understand the industry and know who is the mortgage money source?  If you like understanding what you are doing when you take on the largest debt you’ve ever had, maybe....

Two Alternative Investments You Might Want to Consider

February 18, 2017 | Joseph Hogue With stocks at nose-bleed prices and bonds paying next to nothing after inflation, consider these alternative investments for your portfolio Stocks in the S&P 500 have climbed more than 240% since the low of the 2009 stock market crash and seem to be hitting new highs daily. Against those...