Ask Brian: How Should I Invest Settlement Money?



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 Kinsley: Hi Brian. Last week I was notified that a settlement for a horrific car accident is about to become […]

Are HOA Properties Right for Investors?



Homeowner’s associations (HOA) are self-governing bodies that oversee and manage a residential community. Homeowners within the boundaries of the HOA automatically become dues-paying members and cannot opt-out of the HOA. Almost every HOA is run by a board of directors elected by the membership. The goal of an HOA is to maintain and increase home […]

Ask Brian: How Do I Deal with Bad Neighbors?



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 Ken near Seattle: Hey Brian, I’m in a newer neighborhood where controlling the cost of homes means tiny yards. These […]

Real Estate Wire Transfer Fraud is Real



The American Land Title Association (ALTA) says that more than 11,600 people fell victim to real estate wire transfer fraud in 2019, resulting in more than $221 million being stolen. The scams involve huge amounts of money. The scams are sophisticated. People you would never think could be scammed are being caught up in these […]

Ask Brian: How Do I Prepare for a Wildfire?



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 Lorrie in ID: Hi Brian. My family and I recently made a big lifestyle change. After several visits, we moved […]

Homeowners are NOT Using Second Mortgages



One intuitive conclusion about the tight inventory of houses for sale is that the amount of equity owners have in their homes has been rising for several years. Long-term ownership, along with rapid price appreciation, results in homeowners having ten and hundreds of thousands of dollars of wealth built up as home equity. But you […]

Ask Brian: Should a Homeowner File for Bankruptcy if They Have Equity in their Home?



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 Michael in AL: Hi Brian, I’ve experienced several years of financial troubles. Even before the pandemic, I had health problems […]

Tips to Help Buyers Successfully Navigate a Hot Real Estate Market



If you have spent more than a day or two looking to buy a home, it’s no surprise that your bargaining power has probably never been lower than it is now. The number one tip that you should be following is to be patient. Don’t expect to have an offer accepted on the first house […]

Ask Brian: How Can I Remodel My Kitchen on a Budget?



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 Donna in NC: Hi Brian. I just read your column about FHA 203(k) renovation loans for run-down houses. I wish […]

How Emotions Affect Home Buyers



According to the 2021 National Association of Realtors (NAR) Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report, Millennials have made up the largest share of home buyers since 2014. Today, the percentage is broken down into Younger Millennial buyers (ages 22 to 30 years) at 14% and Older Millennials (ages 31 to 40 years) at 23%. […]