Buying an Investment Property? Here Are 5 Cities Where Home Values Have Increased

Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, property values have been steadily recovering across the country – but some cities are recovering faster than others. According to, a few top performers have seen double-digit property value percentage increases from 2011 to 2012. The cities each have populations of more than 500,000, and could be a good place to start looking if you’re in the market for an investment property – but keep in mind that property values can fluctuate quickly, so check real estate appraisal sites like for up-to-date information.

Self-employed? You Can Still Qualify for a Mortgage

Owning a home is not out of your reach. When the 2008 mortgage crisis resulted in financial calamity and millions of layoffs from U.S. corporations, many Americans responded by joining the ranks of the self-employed. While that showed impressive determination, … Continued