Mail Bag Question Blog

It’s always a pleasure to feature a Q & A lightning round with one of our favorite financial minds Jill Schlesinger.  Jill currently serves as CBS’ Business News Analyst & has been sharing her knowledge and expertise in national publications for well over a decade.  Today she responds to questions from the mailbag. Q: We […]

Mystery of Our National Debt

From our friends @ the Chicago Tribune, courtesy of one of the world’s top minds on financial literacy, our featured guest, Terry Savage.   Our national debt is the sum of all the money we have borrowed over our country’s history. It is currently nearing $29 trillion. Sadly, we have grown accustomed to such huge […]

Investing in the United States FAQ’S

Can a foreign citizen purchase real estate in the United States? Yes, a foreign citizen can purchase property in the United States and may purchase using a trust, a domestic LLC, or even a foreign corporation.  Each of these business structures can help give buyers extra protection against liability, and grants tax advantages to foreign […]

Your Golden Ticket- Citizenship by Investment

Perhaps the fastest way to get a Green Card in comparison to other paths like the EB-1/2/3 the EB-5 program allows foreign nationals to make a qualifying investment into a new or existing US commercial real estate project that creates 10 jobs in exchange for a Green Card. EB-5 Investors and their families may gain […]

Real Estate Auctions: Need To Know

It is certainly a sellers’ market as witnessed by countless homes being sold above asking prices regardless of condition. Seasoned investors have taken to secondary and tertiary markets to identify assets with enough “meat on the bone” to invest in.  Real estate auctions have provided some great deals for seasoned investors but are rarely a […]

The Self-Directed Vacation Rental

The love for vacation rental acquisitions continues to increase so there is no question that they can be a big earner in your self-directed IRA.  It is not unusual for self-directed IRA investors thinking of retirement to assume they can use capital in their self-directed account to enact this type of strategy.  In fact, it’s […]

The Rise of the Sister Cities as an Affordability Solution

Just like little sisters steal their big sister’s clothes, sister cities across the country are stealing home buyers from their larger and nearby major metros. Many buyers and renters who will no longer be required to come to the office every day are flocking to these smaller metros for their affordability, desirability, and proximity to […]

Market Trends

Today’s market trends move FAST!  Senior Vice President Jody Kahn of John Burns Real Estate Consulting surveyed local home builders overseeing 15%–20% of national new home sales every month to keep a close eye on these fast-moving trends. These are key take-aways of a recent New Homes Insights podcast Hot Market Challenges and Consequences Sold […]

What to know about buying property in the United States?

For many Americans, purchasing a home can be a daunting and confusing process. For foreign buyers seeking to purchase real estate in the U.S., the process can be even more complicated. That said, with America’s economic opportunities and low-interest rates, foreigners are snapping up U.S. real estate in droves. Historically, five countries have accounted for […]

Vacation Rentals and Your Real Estate Self-Directed IRA

Living at the beach – full or part-time. Waking most mornings to the gentle sounds of the waves and the shorebirds, spending the evenings walking along the water’s edge and embracing the beauty of the sunset. You’ve found your place, and you’re thrilled every second you spend there. If this sounds like paradise to you, […]