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Investing in Tiny Houses

by Fred Fuld III
With the high costs of buying or renting a house spreading across the nation, more and more homeowners are looking at building a tiny house in their backyard, and renters are looking to rent them.
A small house is generally considered to be between 400 and 1,000 square feet, and tiny houses are less than 400 square feet. The smallest tiny house is considered to be one that is only 80 square feet. I wonder if they hold a lot of parties in that house?
Last year, California passed new laws allowing homeowners to construct tiny houses due to the fact that rental costs have gone through the roof (no pun intended) in the state partially due to the shortage of available rental units. Some other states are following suit.
These homes can either be built by contractors or can be ordered online as a kit the is relatively easy to assemble. So what kind of a house can you get, and how much does it cost?
One of the smallest is manufactured by Luoman and is only 113 square feet. TheAllwood Escape Cabin Kit sells for only $5,350, giving you the bare bones basic.

If you are looking for a bit more space, there is the starENERGY Tiny Home Kit which sells for $21,900 plus shipping. This home falls into the small house category at 648 square feet, and may accommodate a full kitchen and pantry, bathroom, one bed room with walk in closet, laundry room and living room.

You might want to consider a 320 square foot Prefabricated Container Hotel Room Furnished Economic Modular House at $54,000.

The Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit, manufactured by Lasita, gives you 540 square feet for only $33,990 with free shipping. It includes triple glass windows and doors.
Generally, none of these come with foundation materials or shingles for the roof. Construction usually takes two people and can take anywhere from two days to a week to complete.
Maybe you can have your own real estate investment in your own back yard.

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Ex Dividend Stocks for August 2020

The following is a short list of some of the many stocks going ex dividend during the next month.
Many traders and investors use the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the strategy of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend.
This technique generally works in bull markets and flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the strategy during bear markets. In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can’t sell the stock until after the ex date.
The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and many with yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the periodic dividend amount.
MetLife, Inc. (MET)8/3/20200.464.77%
Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)8/6/20200.412.18%
Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)8/13/20200.9654.60%
Southern Company (SO)8/14/20200.644.61%
Consolidated Edison Inc (ED)8/18/20200.7654.01%
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)8/24/20201.012.70%
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS)8/31/20201.252.46%
The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found HERE . (If you have been to the page before, and the latest link doesn’t show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists HERE . Most of the lists are free.
Dividend definitions:
Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.
Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.
Record date: the day when you must be on the company’s books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.
Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.
Don’t forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.
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