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Mortgage Fraud: Wicked Plots

Mortgage Fraud: Wicked Plots

According to the Proverbs of King Solomon, deceit and fraud were an affront to the Lord. “Six things there are that the Lord hateth," he writes in Proverbs 6: 16-20. Among them: “ … a lying tongue…a heart that deviseth wicked plots [and] a deceitful witness that deviseth wicked lies.” In the...

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Local Real Estate: What Makes a Good Market?

Local Real Estate: What Makes a Good Market?

King Solomon’s reputation for wisdom has kept his fame alive for thousands of years. Among the many proverbs and parables credited to him are many sayings that have a direct application to the world of investing. In Proverbs 1:5, he praises those who are wise: “A wise man shall hear and shall be...

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You're Never Too Young (Or Old) to Invest

You’re Never Too Young (Or Old) to Invest

According to the Biblical lineage of the Kings of Israel, Solomon, the son of David, most likely ascended to the throne at around the age of 29. Though he was, by modern standards, a young man, he sought the wisdom he needed to rule and reigned for 40 years over one of the most prosperous kingdoms of...

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Clouds in the Mortgage Market - Silver Lining for Investors

Clouds in the Mortgage Market – Silver Lining for Investors

“Wisdom hath built herself a house,” wrote King Solomon in Proverbs 9:13, one of the many sayings in which he links wisdom with houses – a metaphor that conveys a sense of solidity and permanence. The wise King was right: wise investing in viable income properties can create a solid, stable future....

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Fannie Mae's Foreclosures: Bad News for Solo Investors

Fannie Mae’s Foreclosures: Bad News for Solo Investors

Throughout his proverbs and other writings, King Solomon stresses the importance of individuals acting with wisdom and prudence to create prosperity and goodwill. Addressing readers as “my son,” the wise King praised people responsible for their actions, working on their own to create a world based...

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Mortgage Changes Help Prudent Investors

Mortgage Changes Help Prudent Investors

Along with wisdom, the Biblical King Solomon valued prudence – the ability to use skill and good judgment in managing affairs. “Doth not wisdom cry aloud, and wisdom put forth her voice?” (Proverbs 8:1) And prudence, coupled with wisdom, gave the King sovereignty over one of the most prosperous...

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Multi or Single Family? Weighing Investing Options

Multi or Single Family? Weighing Investing Options

A key piece of advice for investors has traditionally been to diversify holdings to minimize risk and maximize returns. King Solomon knew the wisdom of this strategy too. Biblical accounts of Solomon’s reign as king of Israel reveal a man who didn’t hesitate to pour resources into connections with...

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Debt: A Wise Investing Tool

Debt: A Wise Investing Tool

According to the Bible, the reign of King Solomon was marked by prosperity and wisdom. Throughout the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, the monarch’s beliefs are expressed again and again: use good judgment, use money wisely and deal honorably with others. One aspect of using money wisely is allowing...

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Land and Improvement: Speculation Versus Investment

Land and Improvement: Speculation Versus Investment

Land is a primary asset, part of many, though not all, income property purchases. But land and the structures on that land are often not the same. King Solomon of Old Testament fame understood the relationship between land and structures, as he increased his holdings in what has been called the greatest...

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Wise Investing: Getting the Best Return

Wise Investing: Getting the Best Return

The Biblical King Solomon understood the relationship between what you invest and what returns you receive from that investment, as many of the wisdom sayings attributed to him attest. In real estate terms this means that what you get out of an investment should yield more than what you put in. According...

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