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3 Steps to Buying a Rental Property: Inspection

3 Steps to Buying a Rental Property: Inspection

What started out a year ago as a friendly venture to purchase “a few” investment properties turned into 12 properties (15 total rental units) and basically a second full-time job. Merry Christmas to me, right? Thankfully my business partner Ryan, who has more real estate savvy in his right pinkie […]

What Home Builders Can Learn from 2009

What Home Builders Can Learn from 2009

Most home builders are more than ready to put 2009 behind them. The mortgage crisis had a domino effect across the economy but really put home builders behind the 8-ball this past year. There were some changes that we think are for the better such as the slow down of […]

Home Buyer Incentive – Pork & Beans

Home Buyer Incentive – Pork & Beans

Neatorama tipped us to this interesting offer from Clayton Homes running in the Columbia Daily Herald. If you buy a home from them before the end of the year you will receive “absolutely free” a can of Van Camp’s pork and beans. We’re sold! Ad after the jump.

Do Bathtubs Affect Home Resale Value?

Do Bathtubs Affect Home Resale Value?

We’ve got mixed feelings on renovating bathrooms before resale. On one hand a sharp looking countertop, tile and fixtures can certainly give a wow impression especially if the taste level and decor sensibilities are the same for the buyer but many buyers just want to know that there is a […]

Home Building & Buying is Still a Bear

Home Building & Buying is Still a Bear

According to some reports the housing market is beginning to rebound with some areas reporting an increase in prices. But with inventory still at record levels the recovery isn’t near. “House prices have risen in recent months after a long plunge, according to the National Association of Realtors and the […]

New Yorkers are Flocking to Fixer-Uppers

New Yorkers are Flocking to Fixer-Uppers

The demand for fixer-uppers in NYC has never been that high but as inventory has grown and the competitive prices for move-in ready apartments continues to swell, more city dwellers are considering renovating old dwellings. If the buyer is in a comfortable living situation and doesn’t mind waiting to renovate […]

10 Cheap Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

10 Cheap Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

So what does it take to make your place look great? Not big bucks or a lot of time. ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, shares 10 projects that can be done in a weekend for $150 or less: Punch up the numbers Cost $1 to $40 House numbers […]

Purchase a Piece of “Ferris Bueller” History

Purchase a Piece of “Ferris Bueller” History

Now’s your chance to own a priceless piece of real estate, made famous in the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Highland Park, Ill., home belonged to the parents of Ferris’ notoriously uptight sidekick, Cameron. For a cool $2.3 million, the 5,300-square-foot, mostly glass house can be yours. Rambunctious […]

Deep Discounts on Homes Continues

Deep Discounts on Homes Continues

Home prices continue to fall and according to S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price index, an indicator of real-estate market direction, prices dropped 19.1% this first quarter compared to a year ago which at that point had fell 18.1%. Previously foreclosure sales weren’t considered in this index as they made up such […]

House Plan Abbreviations

Are all builders, architects, and developers on board with these house plan abbreviations? It might make life much easier for them and their clients.

Dream Cave House

Dream Cave House

If you have an extra $300,000 sitting around or are simply after a change of scenery, then the Sleeper family of Festus, Missouri (suburban St. Louis) have a deal for you. In response to the housing crisis, they’ve put their cave home up for sale. It’s an ironic twist, as […]

Homebuilders Need an Extreme Home Makeover

Homebuilders Need an Extreme Home Makeover

Urbanologist William Olson foresees 3 changes that major home builders should make if they expect to succeed in the new world of tightened loans, green building, and smaller homes. The big builders are caught swimming upstream in a current that continues to pick up speed. Record losses, staggering overhead costs, […]

Find Historic Properties Online

Find Historic Properties Online

If you’re considering buying an old house and one that has some historic value, check out this website that gathers listings of historic properties for sale across the country. You can search by architectural style, region, price, condition. They also have a listing of great old house resources.

Las Vegas McMansions are Shrinking

Las Vegas McMansions are Shrinking

> Las Vegas has seen unprecedented growth for the past 20 years but this year the state of Nevada has dropped to 8th place on the list for growth with Utah taking the top spot followed by Arizona. What is more alarming is that new home prices have dropped to […]

Buying a Fixer-Upper

Buying a Fixer-Upper

1912 Bungalow is one of our favorite houseblogs and we just found this great list they pulled together that may be welcome advice for first-time fixer-upper house owners. If I could do it all over again. 1. I would spend more money upfront and purchase a house in the best […]

No Market for Hobbit Homes

No Market for Hobbit Homes

Lord of the Rings fans may have to look elsewhere to find authentic homes modeled after the Shire found in the J.R.R. Tolkien books. The developer of this unique community, Ron Meyers, is now in financial ruin and he’s placed blame on the current real estate crisis.

Extreme Home Makeovers For Sale

Extreme Home Makeovers For Sale

If you’re a fan of the Extreme Home Makeover show on ABC, now you have a chance to buy the homes. Some homeowners have decided to cash in on their new abodes by listing them in arguably one of the worst real estate climates in the last 20 years. Unfortunately […]

Inspecting an Old House: The Series

Inspecting an Old House: The Series

Evaluating an old house is a process of compromise. The need for minor repairs like painting, scrubbing tile, and freeing stuck windows may disqualify a house if its over-all appeal to you is only marginal, while major work like foundation and roofing repairs may seem acceptable if you have found […]

Open House Parties sans Kid n Play

Open House Parties sans Kid n Play

Realtors are becoming more proactive with getting potential buyers to step inside their homes or condos. For example, open house parties are popping up around the country. Invest in a DJ, drinks, a little food and the people will come.

Nevada, California, and Arizona…Oh My!

Nevada, California, and Arizona…Oh My!

In a grim sign of continuing economic troubles, a report released today indicates a 112 percent increase in foreclosures—in other words, one out of every 194 U.S. households has received a foreclosure filing. Hardest hit states include Nevada, California and Arizona.

Selling Your Home without an Agent

Selling Your Home without an Agent

Just as you can run your own construction site you can also sell your own house. Obviously the guidance and knowledge that a real estate agent provides can be well worth the costs but when margins are tight and you need to save at every step then you should consider […]