The Top Alternative Investments for 2016

The Top Alternative Investments for 2016

What flashes across your mind when you think of conventional investment options? It would probably be stocks or bonds, or maybe a fixed deposit, as they have been the all-time favorites among investors. But times have changed and so have investors, who are exploring new investments outside the stock and bond markets to make their portfolios more rounded and complete. While some of these so-called alternative investments are nearing the mainstream now, they are still lesser known. We take a look at some alternative investment options for 2016 beyond stocks and bonds.

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35 Best Down-and-Out Neighborhoods to Buy a Home

35 Best Down-and-Out Neighborhoods to Buy a Home

Many down-and-out neighborhood housing markets across the country are on the rebound thanks to a confluence of market forces working in their favor. Tight inventory of homes for sale combined with a dearth of new homebuilding is convincing buyers and investors to reconsider buying in what they once might have considered “bad” neighborhoods.

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International Home Sales Dollar Volume Retracts in U.S., Chinese Lead Purchases

International Home Sales Dollar Volume Retracts in U.S., Chinese Lead Purchases

Realtors® representing international clients slightly down, growing interest in purchasing abroad

Thirty-one percent of Realtors® surveyed said they worked with international clients, a decrease from the 34 percent share in last year’s survey but up from two years ago (27 percent). Seventeen percent had one to two foreign clients; 5 percent of respondents had six or more.

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Real Estate Market Facing ‘Headwinds,’ Sales Down

Real Estate Market Facing ‘Headwinds,’ Sales Down

NABOR’s second quarter market report showed double-digit declines in pending and closed sales. It’s provided for a splash of cold water after a torrid 2015.

“We’re facing some headwinds,” Hughes conceded. “We have a nasty presidential election, and I don’t care who you’re for, it’s going to continue to be nasty until the election takes place. So that’s one thing that’s affecting consumer confidence.”

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