Ask Brian: What are a Few Good DIY Projects for November?



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 Malinda on the Michigan Peninsula: Hello Brian. It’s cold outside but I miss working on home projects this time of […]

2019 Year End Tax Savings Tips for Real Estate Investors



Don’t just think of tax time as a few weeks in April. Of course, you should work on tax savings all year long but the end of the year can have the most impact for investors, landlords, property owners, and vacation property owners. There are actions you want to take before December 31 that you’ll […]

Ask Brian: What are Some Rental Investing Traps and Pitfalls to Avoid?



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. Buster from Omaha, NE asks: Brian, I’m a weekend warrior investor in rental houses. I currently own two but have bought, […]

What You Need to Know About a Mortgage Forbearance



A mortgage forbearance is not a good thing. For many people facing this dilemma, it can be the first step before foreclosure begins. Probably the most important two things you want to do as you face this prospect are 1) educate yourself about your options and 2) think long term. A mortgage forbearance is NOT […]

Ask Brian: What Are Some Nuances First Time Buyers Should Know About?



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. Heidi from Savannah, GA asks: Hello Brian, I’m looking to buy my first home. I’ve done the financial part about being […]

Tips for Improving Your Credit Score to Buy a Home



Improving your credit score can be a complex subject based on your individual situation (but not always). Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you. Making a few relatively small improvements will make a huge difference in both how much house you can afford and how much you’ll pay in interest payments. It makes […]

Ask Brian: How to Quiet Plumbing Pipes that Bang, Rattle, and Roar



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 Nicholas in rural Ohio: Hello Brian. Our 1,900 square foot house is 17 years old and has never had any […]

Entry Level Housing at Crisis Point



We are well into a prolong entry level housing crisis. The U.S. housing inventory hit a historic low two years ago. Inventory has come off that low but not in any substantial way. There was a market lull in both sales and homebuyers a year ago when interest rates briefly reached 4.9% in November 2018 […]

Ask Brian: Where Do I Begin as a Real Estate 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. Chelsea from Kalamazoo, MI writes: Hi Brian, I’m ready to plunge into real estate investing but there seems to be too […]

Real Estate Investing Partnership Options and Considerations



As an investor, there are many ways to partner with others to put together deals and increase profits. The key components of any real estate investment are the seller, the buyer (investor), the property, the source of funds, and when you are flipping, the end buyer. As the buyer/investor, your role is pulling all of […]