Is Refinancing Right for You?



You may be looking for some cash if you overdid the holiday spending. Many people are taking advantage of refinancing during this long stretch of low mortgage rates. An interest rate that lowers your monthly payment and how much you ultimately pay for your home is a good reason to refinance and there are several […]

Ask Brian: Tips for Selling a Home During the Winter



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. Elizabeth from Nevada asks: Brian, I just got a job offer out of state that I’m going to take and I […]

Take Advantage of Your Mortgage Options



Probably the biggest difference between a real estate investor and a homeowner is how they approach financing a property purchase. Investors look for creative financing solutions that meet their investing needs. A homeowner’s purchase is just as much of an investment and these people should take a few pages from the investor’s strategy book. Not […]

Ask Brian: Planning Your New Year DIY Projects



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 Jerry in Utah: Hey Brian, I’m a pretty enthusiastic DIY guy. I always have one or two projects going at […]

Ask Brian: Will Rentals Remain a Good Investment?



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. Terry from NE asks: Hello Brian, I’m not new to residential investing. I bought my first rental house in 2012 and […]

Understanding the Home Appraisal Process



There are three types of home valuations: the Appraised Value, the Assessed Value, and the Market Value. Rarely are these three values the same. So it’s easy to confuse them when considering selling a home, obtaining a mortgage, refinancing, or contemplating the ongoing costs of ownership (such as taxes and insurance). Because of these differences, […]

Ask Brian: What Goes Into a Basic Comparative Market Analysis?



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. Lydia from Bakersfield, CA asks: Brian, I took some general advice to talk with several real estate agents when I decided […]

DIY – Declutter Your Living Space and Your Life



Tiny homes and minimalism aren’t the only reasons to declutter your home. There are dozens of reasons for getting your living space and life in order. Among the extremes are regaining your space if you are a hoarder and at the other end is the meticulous person that can’t stand having a single item out […]

Ask Brian: Inexpensive DIY Projects for the Holidays



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 Luke in Illinois: Hello Brian. I have the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day off from work. But of […]

Evolving News on the Single-Family Rental Market



Good news for rental investors but bad news for all of the people needing inexpensive housing. It’s well established that purchasing a starter home remains out of reach for many people. The news isn’t much better for tenants in the single-family rental market that has been experiencing dramatically low vacancy rates for a decade that […]