Ask Brian: What is the Long-Term Outlook for Real Estate After COVID-19?



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 Cole in CA: Hello Brian, I’m an experienced real estate investor in both the residential and some commercial sectors. I’ve […]

Do I Have the Legal Right to Stop Smokers in My Rental Properties?



A No-Smoking policy might seem clearer and more straightforward than it is. Smoking tobacco is legal under federal law. The federal government doesn’t restrict smoking in private rentals. And smoking does not fall under any Fair Housing Act protection. In fact, federal agencies do restrict (but don’t prohibit) smoking in public housing. So, what does […]

Ask Brian: How Can I Modernize My Home for Little 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 Zandar in NJ: Hey Brian. I’m the new owner of an old home. I’m on a very tight budget but […]

This is No Longer a Housing Boom or a Housing Bubble



We’ve had the makings of a housing bubble for more than a year and a half. The basic ingredient for a bubble is when demand for homes exceeds the actual supply. What we do not have is the ingredient for a housing bust, which is when the demand decreases and the supply increases. Speculators Aren’t […]

Probate Properties are Great Opportunities for Real Estate Investors



People own property. People owe taxes. People die. I don’t mean to be morbid, but these are facts of life. Every investor is aware of, and many specialize in one of these sources of investment properties: foreclosures, REO, short sales, divorces, fire damage, damaged foundations, hoarders, and other distressed properties. In today’s market, these can […]

Ask Brian: What Advanced Tax Benefits are Available 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 Elizabeth in MS: Hello Brian, I have a full-time job with a part-time real estate investment business on the side. […]

Understanding the CMA – Comparative Market Analysis



Whether you are a seller, buyer, or investor, the Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is an essential real estate pricing tool to understand. The basic purpose is to determine the current value of the property that constantly varies based on local market activity. Many factors are taken into consideration with local market values having the greatest […]

Ask Brian: What are the Most Common Home Repairs?



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 Jabari in MO: Hello Brian. As a new homeowner, I’d like to know the most common home repairs that I […]

Compare Your Home Equity Borrowing Options



Your home equity is the difference between what you owe on your mortgage(s) and what your home is currently worth if you sold it today (the appraised value). For instance, if the remaining balance on your mortgage is $195,000 and the market value is $295,000, you have $100,000 of equity in your home. Your equity […]

Ask Brian: The Good, Bad, and Ugly for Homebuyers Late 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 Dale in OH: Hi Brian, I’m a terrible procrastinator! My finances say that I’ve had the ability to buy my […]