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Make Money or Burn Fingers with Leverage

A mechanical lever is a handle or a bar pivoting on a fulcrum. The difference between the bar length on either side can increase (or decrease) our ability to move an object. Economists call the advantage we may gain from borrowing and reinvesting “leverage”, because...

How a Multiple Listing Service Works in Practice

During the early days of real estate in the late 1800s, it became common for realtors to meet at local association offices and disclose their stock. They reached agreements to share commissions if another was effective in a sale. This practice has continued on the...

S&P Flags Mortgage Fraud in Canada

The Standard and Poor credit rating agency still has Canada in its sights for mortgage fraud. It cites evidence of riskier lending continuing at smaller Canadian banks according to Financial Post. This “could compound existing risks from the country’s hot housing...

Reckless Greed Caused the 2008 Financial Crisis

2007 was a bad year for the U.S. economy. House sales had been down for a while in the face of soaring oil prices, and a sharply diving dollar. Major mortgage-lending institutions were awash with capital and desperately needed to correct their balance sheet ratios....