Real Estate

  • 3 Questions To Ask Before Signing A Lease For An Apartment

    Before signing a rental contract for an apartment, you need to thoroughly review the apartment and even the landlord. You want to be sure that the apartment meets your needs and that the landlord is committed to upholding his or her responsibilities. Here are just a few questions you can ask of potential landlords before deciding on an apartment.   What Is the Application Process?  Simply asking a landlord about the application fee and how long it takes to process an application is not enough. [Read More]

  • 3 Mistakes You Are Making As A New Landlord

    Being new to owning rental property can sometimes mean that you make rookie mistakes that could have a long-term impact on your success. Although some mistakes are unavoidable, there are many that you can avoid. If you just became a landlord, here are some mistakes that could hurt your new business.   Refusing to Raise or Lower Your Rates  Although you might have a fixed rental rate in mind for your property, some flexibility could be required. [Read More]

  • Should You Really Buy Investment Property?

    Passive income is the grand prize of income—money that you don't have to do anything (or that you have to do very little) for. Income from a rental is often seen by those who don't have investment properties as a lucrative type of passive income, and for the most part, it is. However, it's not completely passive; in fact, depending on how you handle it, a rental home could require a lot of attention from you, and it could be more work than you expected. [Read More]

  • The Importance Of Setting The Right Asking Price When Selling Your Home

    The asking price you set when you list your house will have a lot of impact on your ability to sell the house and the length of time it takes to sell a house. Because of this, it's important to set the price right from the start. You can learn more about how to set the right asking price by talking to a real estate agent, and following this advice may help you accomplish selling your home faster and for the best price. [Read More]

  • Steps To Sell Your House With A Short Sale

    A short sale is an alternative way to sell a house, and it is typically used when a person owes more on the house than what it is worth and is having problems paying for it. When you use this method, your lender will allow you to sell it for a price that is less than your principle balance on the loan. If you are interested in this option, here are the steps you will need to take to make it happen. [Read More]

  • How to Maximize Real Estate Profits by Staging a Loft in a Big City

    Lofts are important pieces of real estate in big cities and trying to sell them can be a major challenge. However, learning how to stage a lot successfully can increase the cost value and make it stand out in the crowded market in any major city. Staging Is Important, Even for Lofts Many loft owners will feel the temptation to empty their loft of all their belongings when trying to sell it. [Read More]

  • Benefits Of Buying-To-Rent In A College Neighborhood

    Many people think it's not advisable to buy properties near colleges. It's true that college neighborhoods tend to be noisy and highly populated because of their student communities. Some of the neighborhoods may not be too tidy either. However, those things should only concern you if you are buying a home to live in. If you are buying an investment property, a college neighborhood can offer you numerous benefits, such as these four: [Read More]

  • 4 Tips For Finding A Pet-Friendly Apartment

    Apartment hunting can be tough, but when you have a pet to accommodate, the search becomes even more challenging. Many pet owners struggle to rent apartments that are pet-friendly. But, even if you do find a landlord who is willing to let you keep a pet, how can you find a home that will suit the needs of a pet owner? Here are some tips for finding pet friendly rentals. [Read More]

  • First-Time Landlords, Don't Make These Common Mistakes

    Renting out property can be a good way to make some extra cash, but being a landlord is not as simple as you might think. To avoid common problems, make sure you avoid making these mistakes that a lot of first-time landlords fall prey to. Renting to a friend without a formal contract. It's nice to find a friend or family member who is interested in renting from you. This way, you already know the renter is responsible -- so you can skip a lot of the screening process. [Read More]

  • Tips For Anyone Considering Buying Their First Vacation House

    Buying a vacation property can be an excellent way of providing your family with a peaceful place to relax and recharge. You may not understand what owning a vacation property will entail, but using some tips to help you decide on a property to purchase will help to ensure you get the right vacation house for your budget. Decide Whether You Will Want To Rent The Property It is fairly common for individuals to want to rent out their vacation properties when they are not using them. [Read More]