Preparing to buy your first home will give you a rush of excitement—and probably a rush of anxiety at the same time. You’ll have the opportunity to buy the home your family will love for years to come, and maybe even make a profit while you’re at it—but just because you’ve found a home that’s aesthetically appealing doesn’t mean you’ll be able to get it at the right price, or that you’ll get it at all…. [Read More]
Archives for November 2017
When you enter the home buying process, you need a game plan. There’s something to be said for leaving your options open, but failing to plan is a major mistake. Not only could you miss out on finding your dream home, but you could also make a bad choice and end up purchasing a house that’s nothing more than a money pit…. [Read More]
When you’re a homeowner, you harbor a certain degree of bias toward your residence. If you’ve lived in it for a period of time, you regard it differently than other people would.
There are memories attached to your house … both good and bad. There are probably stylistic elements you like and others you don’t. Certain features are practical for you and others are not…. [Read More]
If you’re thinking of purchasing a rental property, it’s a good move to weigh all your options. A friend or expert might suggest going one route, but that’s not necessarily going to be the best choice for your situation.
If you have the ability to pay cash for a rental property, you should definitely consider that option. But in order to ascertain whether paying in cash or taking on a mortgage would make more sense, you’ll have to do some analysis…. [Read More]
The most successful investors like to extol the virtues of investing in real estate. This market is usually more stable and easier to predict than other popular options, and it’s easy to get started. Real estate is not exactly a get-rich-quick scheme, but you can generate a satisfying nest egg if you learn the tricks and stick with it…. [Read More]
Property managers spend a lot of time behind a desk: working out rent payments, marketing properties, and handling paperwork. They may also spend time with tenants, on whom it’s smart to leave a good impression.
A tenant may love the property, but if he or she doesn’t like the manager or landlord, then the tenant is less likely to sign or renew a contract. But being liked isn’t everything…. [Read More]
The home-buying process can evoke a broad spectrum of emotions. There’s excitement, anticipation, stress, anxiety, fear, and everything in between.
These emotions swirling around in your head add to the challenge of making smart, disciplined decisions. In fact, they frequently drive people to commit huge errors they end up regretting for years after…. [Read More]
Energy efficiency is a big topic in the world of home ownership. From new government initiatives that encourage smart behaviors to improved consumer products that make it easier to curb energy consumption, there’s never been a better time to set energy efficiency goals for the home. But what do you do when you own rental properties that are inhabited by other people?… [Read More]