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To Have and to Hold: What to Look for in Long-Term Investment Properties

December 21, 2015

When it comes to real estate investments, most investors pursue a particular strategy. In many cases, this is either flipping or buying and holding. While flipping offers a handful of benefits in today’s market, you could argue that buying and holding offers more value. Let’s take a look at this strategy and how it could… [Read More]

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The 5 Keys to Hosting a Successful Open House

December 18, 2015

When selling a home, the open house is one of the most important parts of the process. And whether you’re selling the home on your own or using an agent, it’s critical that you’re involved. Unfortunately, many agents and sellers blow this opportunity to attract leads and motivate buyers. Don’t let that be the case… [Read More]

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Easy Ways To Turn Your Rental Into A Smart Home

December 16, 2015

Smart home technology is currently sweeping through the marketplace with vigor and determination. Everyone wants to get their hands on the smart gadgets and advanced technologies they read about on the internet or see on television. And while most smart home devices are aimed at homeowners, who says they can’t also be incorporated into rental… [Read More]

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8 Tax Deductions all Landlords Should be Taking

December 14, 2015

While owning rental properties is a great way of building steady income throughout the year, it certainly comes with expenses and burdens. In order to reduce your tax bill each year, you should pay attention to the deductions available to you and take advantage of as many as possible.

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6 Tips to Negotiate Like a Pro in the Home Selling Process

December 10, 2015

Some of the biggest mistakes made in real estate happen during the negotiation process. Sometimes, the buyer is too stubborn and the seller caves too easily, or sometimes the seller is too stubborn and loses the buyer completely. The housing market is better than it’s been in years, but you don’t want to take any… [Read More]

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A Landlord’s Guide to Rent-to-Own Deals

December 8, 2015

There are typically two situations in which a homeowner decides to offer a rent-to-own deal to a tenant. The first occurs when the homeowner is unable to sell the property in a timely manner, and can’t afford to keep paying the mortgage without some level of assistance. The second occurs when the landlord wants to… [Read More]

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The Understated Value of Patience in Real Estate Investments

December 3, 2015

We all know that get-rich-quick schemes rarely pan out, but somehow, we still hope that we’re the exception to the rule. Newbie investors often get tricked into thinking that the real estate market is the best way to turn a profit quickly. They get so excited that their emotions run rampant, and they end up… [Read More]

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How to Use Social Media to Market Your Rental Community

December 1, 2015

There’s no better time to invest in real estate than right now. Not only is the market finally improving after a long stint of poor returns, but it’s also the age of the Internet and digital connectivity. As a direct result, marketing has never been easier for rental properties than today, and a strong marketing… [Read More]

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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]