Buy the Worst House in a Nice Neighborhood

Some people call it buying the worst house in the best neighborhood, but most nice neighborhoods work just fine – especially when houses to choose from are scarce. But either way, this equity-building strategy isn’t for the faint of heart. Back Door Entry to a Ritzy Area The theory is that lower-priced homes in upscale

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Ask Brian: Should Equity Rich Baby Boomers Cash Out?

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 [email protected] Question from Sandy in VT: Hi Brian, We have more than $260,000 of equity in our house today and we are afraid

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How the Federal Reserve is Helping the Housing Market

At first glance, it might seem intuitive that rising interest rates will have a negative effect on the housing market. However, with a little more thought, the opposite is more likely to be true. Interest rates rising today and for the next several months is probably good for the housing market. Specifically for home buyers

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Ask Brian: Should We Buy a Home When Interest Rates are Rising?

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 [email protected] Question from Lucas in WV: Hi Brian, We got married as a young couple a little over four years ago with plans

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How to Fight Back Against High Property Taxes

Whether you are a long-term homeowner or only recently closed the deal on your first home purchase, don’t be overly thrilled that home values have been skyrocketing for the last couple of years. Spiking home values are a two-sided coin for homeowners. It’s good for your net worth and gives you more equity to borrow

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Ask Brian: What Rights Do Landlords Have?

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 [email protected] Question from Darrell in MT: Hi Brian, I became a landlord for the first time eight months ago. It’s your typical single-family

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Could the Price for New Homes Be Coming Down?

If the price of lumber is a leading indicator, the cost of new home construction might be coming down. Or at least seeing some relief from rising costs. Lumber prices have fallen 47% year to date. But that isn’t the big news. The bigger news is that prices are down 65% from a 2021 record

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Ask Brian: Downsizing Tips for Seniors

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 [email protected] Question from Lynda in IL: Hi Brian, I don’t really have a question. I just wanted to share with others the best

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Accelerated Mortgage Payoff – Save $10s of Thousands and Own It Sooner

People have multiple financial priorities in life. For some, it’s saving the down payment to buy a first home. Other times are saving college tuition for children, for their retirement, or untold other worthy financial goals. One that is often overlooked is the accelerated mortgage payoff. There are many ways of doing this and doing

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Ask Brian: Should I Rent or Buy Another Home During Retirement?

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 [email protected] Question from William in NE: Hi Brian, I’m a 67-year-old widower that will be retiring in seven months. I have no more

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