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How to Turn a Garage Into a Leasable Apartment

November 26, 2015

Have you thought about the possibility of converting your existing garage into an apartment that would serve as a new source of steady cash flow in the years to come? If so, you’re not alone. Garage apartments and converted living spaces are coming back into style. Just because you can convert your garage into an… [Read More]

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How the U.S. Has Become Rental Nation

November 24, 2015

It’s true that the United States economy is on the mend and that the housing market is slowly improving, but that doesn’t meant that people are ready to put their hard earned money into it. People are beginning to step out of their comfort zones, but they’re still wary of their economic surroundings. As a… [Read More]

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A Seller’s Guide to the Home Inspection Process

November 19, 2015

For sellers (and first-time sellers in particular) home inspections can be frightening. What will the inspector find? What impact will a potential defect have on the sale price? Will the seller back out? Am I being treated fairly? These are questions everyone asks, so you shouldn’t be alarmed.

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The Pros and Cons of Forming an LLC for Rental Properties

November 17, 2015

If you’re a real estate investor, you’ve probably heard your peers talk about LLCs and the pros and cons involved in forming a company of this type. They can certainly be advantageous for investors who have millions of dollars worth of property, but is there any reason for the average landlord to set up an… [Read More]

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15 Ways to Prepare Your Rental Property for a Showing

November 12, 2015

Half of the battle of filling vacancies in your rental property is doing successful showings. You’ve probably posted plenty of pictures online and gained positive attention through your efforts, but nothing sells a property quite like a tenant walking through the doors and imagining themselves living there. However, this only happens if your property is… [Read More]

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11 Signs That the Housing Market Is Up

November 10, 2015

Real estate investments can be highly lucrative or total flops. It all depends on the housing market and your ability to track it. It’s important to keep a close eye on the trends and activity over the last several years if you want an accurate depiction of how the market is performing.

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7 Tips for Negotiating the Best Possible Home Purchase Price

November 6, 2015

Under most circumstances, a home purchase is the single biggest transaction you will make in your lifetime. It involves lots of money changing hands, piles of paperwork and legal documents, and plenty of negotiation.

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6 Management Tips from Real Estate Mogul Donald Trump

November 4, 2015

We’ve been hearing about him a lot more for his pursuit of the White House of late, but Donald Trump’s success has come mostly from his real estate activities. Depending on which source you consult, his net worth is between $4.5 billion and $10 billion (and does it really matter?). The majority of that money… [Read More]

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4 Mistakes that Slow Down the Home Sales Process

November 2, 2015

As the real estate market has picked up, especially over the past 12 months, some sellers have automatically assumed their property will sell within days of going on the market. This might be the case in certain markets, but you can’t afford to take it for granted. Particularly if you commit certain mistakes, you can… [Read More]