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Buying a Rental: Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Stick

Buying a Rental: Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Stick

#2 in our 3 step series of how to buy a rental property without being gashed. Lesson 2: Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Stick I was in a back bedroom of one home the other day, and heard a scream from the back yard. This was not the scream […]

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 […]

What’s Important in Home Appraisal

What’s Important in Home Appraisal

Home appraisals set the value for your home which may differ greatly from the fair market value but they are needed when refinancing or determining tax rates. Appraisers don’t need much time and according to One Project Closer these are the areas most important to your home’s value. * Kitchen […]

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 […]

Retirement Homes Deals

Retirement Homes Deals

Home prices continue to fall but many buyers are already jumping in and hedging their bets that they’ve got a great deal and that the bottom is near. If your dream retirement home is now within reach maybe you should pull the trigger, or at least consider the possibility.

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 […]