What Counts as a Comp for Your Home?

December 12, 2014

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From replacing a rusted out bathroom sink to laying laminate flooring, Americans are hooked on the DIY craze. Some things, however, are better left to professionals. Establishing your home’s current market value before putting it on the selling block or pursuing a refinance is one of those things. To determine its value, appraisers and real [...]

Swimming Pools: Do They Add Value or Turn Buyers Off?

November 30, 2012

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Sparkling blue water, especially when it’s lit up at night – what’s not to love about a swimming pool in your backyard? If you have one, you may feel blessed. If you don’t, and are considering adding one, hang on a minute. Who Wants a Pool? According to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, middle-aged [...]

Buying Land: 5 Things to Consider

November 23, 2012

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Whether you’re building a residence, need extra storage, or are purchasing as an investment or farm property, the time to buy land has never been better. It’s still a buyer’s market in many areas, yet many sources claim the housing market is turning a corner. In fact, due to the election year and historically low interest [...]

Timeshares 101

November 16, 2012

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“Timeshare” used to be a dirty word, and it still leaves a bad taste in many mouths. Say the word to some folks and they begin conjuring up images of a group of people who could make used car salespeople look like amateurs. Time has changed the timeshare industry, softened its edges and blurred its [...]

Digging for Gold – Investing in Condemned Properties

September 28, 2012

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To some people, broken windows, dilapidated roofs or collapsing porches mean trouble. People like Kenny Rushing, a Tampa, Florida-based real estate investor, see dollar signs. “More than 60 percent of the houses I have bought in Tampa were condemned properties,” says Rushing. “I have yet to lose money on those.” How Properties get Condemned Local [...]

Help Sell My Home Fast: Should I Sell My House and Carry the Contract?

September 21, 2012

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In slow markets, when homes just don’t seem to move as quickly as we’d like them to, offering seller financing may be the key to getting a home sold. With the sluggish real estate market of the last few years, seller financing has been dramatically increasing in popularity, but is it a smart move for [...]

Smart Real Estate Investing for the New Rebound

September 7, 2012

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A new real estate boom appears to be taking root and spreading across the U.S., but is this really the investment opportunity of a lifetime or are we being set up for another exploding bubble? What Would Warren Buffett Do? Legendary investor Warren Buffett has been known to dominate the headlines and even made the [...]

Selling Your Commercial Property in Today’s Market

August 31, 2012

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If you thought selling a home was difficult in this market, trying to cash in on a commercial property can be even more challenging. What can you do to sell yours faster? What Challenges do Commercial Property Sellers Face? The biggest difference in selling a commercial property compared to a home has to be the [...]

A Quick Guide to Buying a Home for a Parent

August 17, 2012

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Allowing your mom or dad to live at home in a property you provide is a wonderful gift – a way to say thanks for all they’ve done for you, and a way to be sure that they’re safe and comfortable. If you’re thinking about buying a home for a parent, you have several options [...]

Buying Vacation Home Properties: What You Need to Know

May 25, 2012

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Ah, the vay-cay! We work for it, we live for it — typically fifty weeks of the year. When the time finally rolls around, many Americans have their own slice of heaven in which to spend their well-deserved time off: a vacation home. Whether it’s a cottage by the beach, a house in the mountains [...]