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How to Invest in Rental Properties Out-of-State

Owning real estate is a worthwhile investment, but what happens when available properties in your area are out of your budget? If you live in a place like San Francisco, you’re surrounded by some of the highest home prices in the country. Can you still own real estate as a way of investing? The answer […]

9 Home Upgrades That Don’t Add Value When Selling

Upgrading your home isn’t as simple as it might seem. Installing marble countertops or a big swimming pool in the backyard might seem like a no-brainer, but you’re just as likely to lose money as you are to boost your home value.  The reason is simple: You’ve got to upgrade to the market, not your […]

10 Ways to Save Money on Home Renovations

Whether you’ve bought a new home, or you’re sprucing up an investment property, home renovations can add immediate and long-term value to your home. They can also be costly. With mounting material and labor costs, your renovation dreams can quickly put a strain on your budget. But renovating your home so it better suits your […]

What Is a VA Loan? Benefits, Requirements, and How to Apply

Military borrowers looking to buy or refinance a home might want to consider a VA loan. Backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), this loan option can make buying a home easier for those who might otherwise struggle to afford a mortgage. While VA loans have a funding fee that borrowers need to […]

What Is Preferred Equity in Commercial Real Estate?

If you’ve ever purchased a home, you’re probably familiar with the term “equity” and what it means. When it comes to buying a house, your down payment is the initial equity you have in the property. The rest is financed through your loan with a bank, which you slowly pay off over time.  Unfortunately, commercial […]

How to Eliminate Some Stress While Unpacking From a Long Move

Alongside having a baby and getting married, moving and buying a home are among the most stressful experiences we face but ultimately enjoy. Even if you’re excited to have finally found your dream home, it doesn’t make the process any less harrowing. First, you have to find your home, which can be extra challenging in […]

4 Tips for Tracking Expenses for Your Rental Property

Investing in real estate is a great way to earn passive income, especially if you enjoy the juggle of owning multiple properties. For those who are actively working with a real estate agent to buy more houses, it can be challenging to keep track of all the money coming in and going out. This is […]

6 Things to Consider When Selling Your Home in the Summer

Summer is one of the most popular times to buy and sell a home. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to sell your home, the summer months are a prime time for real estate transactions, so you’ll have an ample audience of prospective buyers. Selling a home during the summer involves more than […]

7 Perks to Owning More Than One Home

Buying a home is one of the most significant purchases people can make in their lives. With homes appreciating in value over time, buying a house is a solid investment. It’s such a solid investment that owning multiple properties can actually help increase wealth over time. Building a real estate portfolio involves more than buying […]

6 Common Home Staging Mistakes

Before listing a home on the market, staging the property is one of the first steps a seller should take. Effectively staging a home showcases its best features and helps potential buyers imagine themselves making the place their new home. But there’s more to staging your home than putting some of your personal belongings in […]

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