Ask Brian: Can Buyer Benefit from a FHA Section 203(k) Mortgage?



Ask Brian is a weekly column by Real Estate Expert Brian Kline. If you have questions on real estate investing, DIY, home buying/selling, or other housing inquiries please email your questions to askbrian@realtybiznews.com. Question. Suzan from Mobil, AL asks: Hello Brian. My husband and I have four children and will being having another in five […]

Ask Brian: Sellers’ Conversations With Agents



Ask Brian is a weekly column by Real Estate Expert Brian Kline. If you have questions on real estate investing, DIY, home buying/selling, or other housing inquiries please email your questions to askbrian@realtybiznews.com. Question. Pamela from Lorain, OH asks: Hello Brian, this isn’t my first rodeo when it comes to selling my home. The last […]

Wise and Not So Wise Refinancing Choices



With homes steadily and rapidly appreciating in value for several years, refinancing is alive and well, even if it isn’t in the news very frequently. A blast form the past – cash-out refinancing peaked in 2006, when homeowners cashed out $320.5 billion in total home equity volume, according to Freddie Mac’s Cash-Out Refinance Report. Then the […]

Mid 2019 Real Estate Market Pulse



Numbers for the first half of the year don’t indicate a bubble is forming that will soon burst. However, we are entering yet another “new normal.” As should be expected. The Long Term Picture There’s a lot of concern that new housing isn’t being built fast enough. Joint data from the U.S. Census Bureau and […]

Ask Brian: How to Install a Tankless Water Heater



Ask Brian is a weekly column by Real Estate Expert Brian Kline. If you have questions on real estate investing, DIY, home buying/selling, or other housing inquiries please email your questions to askbrian@realtybiznews.com. Question from Mike in ID: Hello Brian. Last week our hot water tank unexpectedly stopped working. Well, may not completely unexpectedly. Over […]

Home Sales and Prices are Declining



The data is still early and a little sketchy but there are reliable indications that the residential market is entering a period of decline – probably a soft landing. Since last summer, sellers have rushed houses onto the market to take advantage of high prices. At the same time, buyers have been backing away from […]

Ask Brian: What Are My Competitive Investment Advantages in This Market?



Ask Brian is a weekly column by Real Estate Expert Brian Kline. If you have questions on real estate investing, DIY, home buying/selling, or other housing inquiries please email your questions to askbrian@realtybiznews.com. Question. Carl from TX writes: Hi Brian. I’ve been investing in real estate for a little over 8 years. I received a […]

The Story of the Memphis Belle Pride



The B-17 from WWII known as the Memphis Belle is renowned for being the first heavy bomber to complete it’s 25 missions over war-torn Europe. That’s despite being bullet-ridden, flak-damaged, and on five separate occasions having engines shot out and once coming back with her tail nearly shot off. But to her credit, she dropped […]

Ask Brian: What are Contingency Clauses?



Ask Brian is a weekly column by Real Estate Expert Brian Kline. If you have questions on real estate investing, DIY, home buying/selling, or other housing inquiries please email your questions to askbrian@realtybiznews.com. Question. Rebecca from Hillsgrove, RI asks: Hello Brian, My home has been up for sale about 8 weeks. This week, I received […]

Rid Your Home of Pesky Pests – DYI



If pests have moved in to your home and it’s time to chase them back out, there are several inexpensive and Do It Yourself techniques you might try before calling in professionals. Over-the-counter products and professionals tend to be very expensive solutions. Commercial products often aren’t even as effective as home cures and you can […]