Ask Brian: Tips for Stocking Up at Home During Coronavirus



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 Kim in Portland, OR: Hello Brian,We are a household of three generations that includes my husband one child, and my […]

Ask Brian: What Does the Economic Crash Mean to Real Estate Investors?



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 Lucy from Illinois: Hi Brian, I’m a long time residential real estate investor (27 years). To me, it’s obvious that […]

Tips for Spring Cleaning



These are strange times with the coronavirus but spring cleaning is an annual American tradition. Besides cleaning the windows to let the spring sunshine in, think about cleaning out unused furniture, appliances, and old clothing to make more space in your home. Another Person’s Treasure As people say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. […]

Refinancing Opportunities



Clearly, the new historically low interest rates offer many, if not most, homeowners an opportunity to refinance mortgages. If you are considering refinancing, make sure you have clear goals about what you want to accomplish because this opportunity isn’t likely to come around again during your lifetime. Generally, refinancing is done to accomplish one of […]

Ask Brian: Buying When Contingent on Selling in a Tight Market



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 Cliff in Salt Lake City: Hi Brian, I’m in a situation that I think a lot of buyers are in […]

Tips for Today’s Landlords



It continues to be a great time for landlords. Monthly rents have been increasing for years, vacancies remain at historic lows, and a really big benefit for landlords is that the renters are paying down any loans you have on the property, while your equity continues appreciating every month. All is good! This makes now […]

Ask Brian: How to Use a Phased Approach for a Major Kitchen Remodel



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 Molly: Hi Brian, our family of three lives in a 35 year old house that still has a kitchen from […]

Biggest Mistakes First Time Buyers Make (….And How to Avoid Them)



Buying your first home is what you have been daydreaming about for months if not years. Your favorite daydream is a sunny Saturday afternoon watching the kids run through the sprinkler on your freshly mowed lawn. And there is that pestering feeling of being a little overwhelmed with the big decisions you face about the […]

Ask Brian: What is a Good Investing Strategy Based on Risk?



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 Bret outside Bakersfield, CA: Hi Brian, I inherited an aunt’s house in Minnesota almost a year ago. I’ve already sold […]

Top Reasons Why People Invest in Real Estate



Did the recent big drop in the stock markets give you a financial scare again? Was it another reminder of how Wall Street has gobbled up big chunks of your retirement or investment savings in the past? Every time this happens, the numbers just disappeared off your financial statement. The fact that real estate is […]