How to Pay Off Your Mortgage in a Few Short Years



The Urban Institute and other reliable sources say that more than 26.9 million Americans own their homes outright. It’s the second American Dream – the dream that comes after buying a home in the first place. Think about how much your life would change if your home were paid off in the next five years. […]

Ask Brian: Getting the Most from DIY in 2021



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 Tony in NY: Hi Brian. I enjoy having plans and making lists for almost everything I need to do (call […]

Standardized Single-Family Rental Terms and Definitions



The National Rental Home Council (NRHC) has established “recommended best practices for defining, calculating, and reporting key financial and operational disclosure metrics for the single-family rental (SFR) industry.” Green Street Advisors’ Advisory and Consulting Group provided subject matter expertise and worked with NRHC members to develop standardized definitions and calculations of common disclosure metrics and […]

Affordable Housing Crunch Continues Growing – Are Hotels a Partial Answer?



The affordable housing crunch doesn’t affect only first time homebuyers. It also affects renters and ultimately the entire economy. The affordability problem was bad in 2019 and became worse in 2020, substantially due to COVID-19. Harvard University’s State of the Nation’s Housing 2020 report (sponsored by Habitat for Humanity), defines “housing cost burdened” as spending […]

Ask Brian: I’m Afraid I’ll Be Evicted After COVID, What Should I Do?



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 Myra in OH: Hi Brian, I’m in tears as I write this. I have a family of three that is […]

Ask Brian: How Much Home Can I Realistically Afford?



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 Skylar in Yuma AZ: Good day Brian, I think I’m ready to upgrade to a better home and neighborhood. After […]

How to Lower Your Closing and Mortgage Costs



Finding the best mortgage to fit your specific needs is no simple task. You should certainly shop around for your mortgage but you need tools to make apple-to-apple comparisons. If you’re not a math junkie, you’ll probably have some frustration working through the details but it will make you financially wiser in the end. Understand […]

Ask Brian: What Can I Learn From an Experienced Investor?



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 Greg in NC: Hello Brian, I have a tremendous opportunity to work with one of the best residential real estate […]

Majority of Home Buyers Expected to be Hispanics, African-Americans, and Other Minorities



A very significant change in homebuyer demographics is expected during the next 20 years. Will it also have a significant effect on home values? The January 2021 Urban Institute report (The Future of Headship and Homeownership) finds: “Net growth in the number of homeowners from 2020 to 2040 will be entirely among people of color, […]

Ask Brian: Women with Dirty Hands Doing 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 Christine in Portland, OR: Hi Brian. First, I want to thank you for sharing the woman’s point of view when […]