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Selling your real estate investments? Use this guide

Are you ready to get out of the real estate game? If you're getting ready to sell off your investments and retire, it's smart to plan ahead to make the sales process as simple as possible.

Here are some steps you can take to make things easier on yourself:

You have rights if someone creates a knockoff of your product

Developing a product and building up a brand takes a lot of time and money. You have likely invested substantially in the creation of your company over the course of many years. Unfortunately, when you do become successful, there will be many people who want to take a piece of that success for themselves.

It is shockingly common for companies to intentionally copy other products, potentially violating your intellectual property by infringing on a patent. Even if the product itself has no patent, another company may infringe on your rights by duplicating your packaging or illegally using your brand name for substandard products. When that happens, you need to take action immediately to protect your company's reputation.

4 important tips to follow when buying undeveloped land

Are you thinking about buying some undeveloped land as an investment? Maybe you have plans to resell it in the future, or you're going to try to develop it yourself.

Every successful business venture has a starting point. If this is yours, take the time to read through these tips from the pros about buying undeveloped property:

Is commercial real estate about to go through a recession?

There has been considerable talk in the media lately about the potential of a recession in the near future. Even speculation about a recession can affect many investors' decisions about whether to put money into any commercial property.

Fears over the current trade wars, the looming federal debt, the Federal Reserve's recent decision to cut interest rates all have investors a little nervous. However, there are still some good opportunities for smart investors looking at commercial property.

Mechanic's liens in New York: How they work

If a contractor or subcontractor provided materials or labor for your home improvement project or remodel, they naturally expect to get paid.

You may have other feelings about the situation. Maybe their work wasn't up to your expectations. Maybe the wrong materials were used. Maybe they went well beyond the agreed-upon budget, and you feel like you are now being shaken down for the difference.

What do you do when siblings inherit a parent's home?

When your last surviving parent died, you probably assumed that his or her home would be sold and the equity divided among you and your siblings.

But, what happens when that isn't the case? What if the will left the home to you and your siblings in equal shares? You may suddenly be unclear what to do about the property.

Are warehouses a good investment?

Warehouses weren't always considered a prime real estate investment opportunity -- but a lot of things of changed in recent decades.

For example, in 2016, the Urban Land Institute named industrial property as the number one commercial real estate investment for its popularity and possibility for growth.

Firing an employee? Watch out for wrongful termination claims

You may have a business dispute that is causing you distress, and you might not be sure how to handle it. The good news is that many people who have been in your situation have found ways out, and you can, too.

As a business owner, you have a number of ways that you can handle any kind of dispute that arises, whether it's a lawsuit against you or a contract that has been breached.

Cooperatives for artists: Some tips and tricks for success

Artistic cooperatives function very much like other types of co-ops. However, they limit their members to artists.

Often, an artist's co-op also has goals beyond just providing a living and working space for the artists involved. It may also serve as a business that can help artists buy materials important to their craft (like matting supplies or high ticket items like a printing press). In some cases, the co-op may also be designed to serve as an occasional gallery for the artists' work through shows and other displays.

Is a second mortgage a bad idea?

You've seen the letters in the mail. They're offering you money based on the equity that you've built up in your home.

The interest rate seems attractive enough, and you could use the money. There are always repairs to be made and other expenses. So, is a second mortgage a good or bad idea?

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