Increasing Interest Rates and Real Estate Investing



In December, the Federal Reserve announced that it will be raising the short-term interest rate for the first time in almost a decade. It has held that interest rate at near zero as a method of stimulating the economy. The initial increase will be mild at an announced rate increase of between 0.25 and 0.5 […]

Understanding How Interest Rates Affect the Housing Market



Interest rates strongly affect the housing market as most real estate is purchased through borrowed money. The cost of borrowing money through mortgages is directly tied to interest rates.

Now you can live in your very own White House



Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually live in the White House, and stroll down the corridors of power each morning with a cup of coffee in hand? Image credit: Realtor.com Well, your chances of living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue remain pretty slim, but there are a couple of alternatives in […]

Los Angeles want landlords to be more “pet-friendly”



Los Angeles’ city council is urging landlords to be more “pet-friendly” and has just voted unanimously on the issue. The idea is to help renters who’re often faced with a tough decision of whether or not to give up their pets in order to secure their ideal home.

The Pros and Cons of a Bungalow Home



There are pros and cons to every property – but the usual dilemma is between whether you should be going for a single-story home with a larger yard, or something with several stories and thus more space.

Commuting From Depok Has Many Advantages



For those working in Jakarta who want to move away from some of the hassles of busy city life and save money on housing, Depok is a viable option.

Buy Your Own or Build Your Own? A Look at Commissioning Versus Buying a Pre-built Home



Pre-built homes have several advantages over commissioned ones such as there being less time needed to move into them and the cost of materials is often far cheaper since they are bought in bulk

Purchasing a Vacation Home with Friends or Family



Vacation homes can be costly to purchase and time consuming to maintain in addition to your main family home. This is why realtor.com has pointed out that purchasing a vacation home with friends or family can be a good solution. While purchasing a primary residence with family or friends might not be such a great […]

Skilled labor shortage hampers construction industry



Skilled labor continues to be an issue. The labor shortage is causing some contractors to turn down work or be very selective about the projects they pursue.

Home Investment: What it Takes to Maintain a Large Property



Whether you always lived on a large property growing up, or such a living space was a chimera until the recent past, you are now the owner of a capacious piece of land.