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Tenants Rate Landlords: An Equitable Trade-Off?

Although Biblical accounts reveal that King Solomon was undisputed ruler of his realm, the monarch’s sayings in the Book of Proverbs and elsewhere reveal that he advocated equitable dealings as a part of his prescription for a wise and prudent life. But “equitable” has never been a part of the...

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Refinancing: A Prudent Move for Investors?

King Solomon’s investment advice hinges on prudence – the wise and cautious management of money and resources to create a prosperous and stable life. As many of his Proverbs show, that kind of careful decision-making offers rewards in every area. For investors today, the same considerations apply....

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Mortgage Lenders Find New Loopholes in Homeowner Assistance

In his Proverbs and other sayings, the fabled King Solomon offers timeless wisdom on dealing justly with others and creating a prosperous life. His principles of prudence, fairness, honoring contracts and acting with generosity toward others are worth applying in all business and personal affairs. But...

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New Federal Props for the Housing Market

“The fruit if the just man is the tree of life,” says the wise king Solomon in Proverbs 11:30. In proposing a new round of homeowner support programs designed to give the housing industry an even greater boost, the federal government is planning new steps to shore up the housing recovery – a move...

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Investing in Property Abroad: A Prudent Retirement Strategy?

Investing in Property Abroad: A Prudent Retirement Strategy?

In the proverbs of King Solomon, old age is a time of wisdom and prosperity, reaping the rewards of a prudent life spent honoring God – a watchword for planning a retirement that’s satisfying and financially comfortable. But for many Americans today, the outlook for retirement offers little in the...

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The Shadow Clouds Housing Recovery

King Solomon had harsh words for the deceitful and the dishonest. Among the six things the Lord hates, the king lists a lying tongue and a heart that deviseth wicked plots (Proverbs 6: 16-19). Those words might well describe the behavior of leading mortgage lenders during and after the housing collapse...

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House Names Can Make or Break a Sale

As readers of King Solomon’s proverbs know, several verses refer to houses as more than just structures. In these verses, a house is a metaphor for stability and prosperity – and wisdom. But the King isn’t alone in recognizing that a house is more than just a physical construction – many intangible...

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The Housing Recovery: Behind the Scenes

An often quoted line from Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time and a season for everything – words of wisdom that echo King Solomon’s guiding principle of acting with prudence to ensure prosperity. While housing industry watchers say that low mortgage rates and rising home prices indicate...

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No Closing Cost Mortgages: Long Term Benefits?

King Solomon’s words on wisdom and the virtues of living prudently also emphasize the importance of looking not just to immediate gain, but also toward long-term benefits. “Substance got in haste shall be diminished,” he says in Proverbs 13:11, and these principles can equally be applied to today’s...

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A Time for Landlords: Today’s Hot Rental Market

As Ecclesiastes 3.2 and related verses tell us, there’s a time and a purpose for everything under heaven. Investors know this all too well – repeated cycles of ups and downs that sometimes work to their advantage, sometimes not. With housing industry professionals predicting a contused steady rise...

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