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What is a REIT?

Have you ever wondered who owns the skyscrapers in America’s major cities? It’s not just Donald Trump. In fact, unless The Donald puts his name on it, chances are a REIT owns it.  A REIT (rhymes with “tweet”) is simply a corporation that owns real estate. The acronym stands for Real Estate Investment Trust. Long […]

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Can You Live by the 30% Rule?

When I was a student at Indiana University, I worked as an analyst in IU’s Center for Real Estate Studies. I didn’t get rich, but it was a cool college job.  Much of my effort was directed at producing the Housing Affordability Index for the state of Indiana. (In a somewhat related side note, Indianapolis was […]

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A Modern Real Estate Dilemma

I recently received a voicemail from my father-in-law indicating that there was an article on the front page of Sunday’s Real Estate section in the Arizona Republic that I really ought to read.  His insistence made it clear that something was “up”, so we stopped at the store and got a copy of the Sunday paper. […]

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Dimespring: What happens if I’m renting and the house goes into foreclosure?

I’ve recently joined a number of my Garrett Planning Network colleagues in contributing to Dimespring, a new personal finance website with a ton of good, accessible advice.  I’m honored to be a part of it. My first contribution deals with what happens if you’re renting a house that goes into foreclosure. Check it out, and […]

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