Home Buyer’s Guide: From Search to Move In

Home Buyer’s Guide: From Search to Move In

Dream Home

Buying a home can be intimidating. In September, 2011, I bought my first home. I went through the process to find a place, get a mortgage, and close with the help and support of a great Realtor and my own local market knowledge. Below you will find the full guide to how I found a home, made an offer, went under contract, and closed on my first real estate purchase. … [Read more...]

3 Great Ways to Bring the Tailgate Party Home

3 Great Ways to Bring the Tailgate Party Home

tailgate

October is one of my favorite months of year for many reasons. From the cooling temperatures to the proximity of the holidays I really enjoy this month. Most importantly, I love October because the college football season is in full swing. I could watch football at any level and enjoy it as it is a guilty pleasure of mine. While I was in college I always enjoyed being a part of … [Read more...]

Apartments for Low Credit Renters

Apartments for Low Credit Renters

Apartments for Bad Credit

As real estate markets have been heating up around the country, we have seen some wild trends in both buying and renting markets. Some cities are seeing incredibly low vacancy rates and competition among potential renters, and credit risk is becoming a more important part of deciding whether or not you can rent your dream apartment or house. … [Read more...]

Get Started In Real Estate Investing with an LLC

Get Started In Real Estate Investing with an LLC

Curled Legal Documents

According to the July 2013 report from REAL Trends, housing sales were up 10.2 percent compared to June 2012 and the average prices of sold homes is up almost eight percent. This means that many who were hoping to sell homes are getting ready and the real estate investors are also looking to add to their inventory.  If you're looking to become a real estate investor, it's a … [Read more...]

5 Tips for New Home Buyers

5 Tips for New Home Buyers

Monopoly House Real Estate

With rent prices going higher and higher all renters are going to reach a point where enough is enough. When a rent payment is more than a monthly mortgage payment and they have nothing to show for the thousands of dollars at the end of a lease, frustration mounts. Many would-be buyers shy away from the daunting process of  home buying as lenders put buyers through more … [Read more...]

Building a Real Estate Snowball

Building a Real Estate Snowball

House For Rent Real Estate

Over the last 50 years, the S&P 500 has yielded a compound annual growth rate of 9.41%. With returns like that, why would anyone consider investing elsewhere? I know several people who have made a great living for themselves renting out properties, so I thought I would run the numbers to see if it is better to invest in the stock market or the real estate market. … [Read more...]

3 Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Lawn Care this Summer

3 Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Lawn Care this Summer

Save Money on Lawn Care

It may be only mid-May, but the dogs days of summer are not far from us. That means a number of things, but what it means for us is working on in our yard. We have been homeowners for six years now (Geez, has it really been THAT long) and we have learned numerous ways to save money on our lawn care over those years. The key that we have learned is that it really does not … [Read more...]

Should I Pay Off My Low Interest Mortgage Loan?

Should I Pay Off My Low Interest Mortgage Loan?

Monopoly House Real Estate

I recently refinanced my loan from 4.25% to 2.875% and lowered my loan time from 29 years to 15 years. While my monthly payment went up a bit, I am saving thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the loan. With such a low interest rate, it makes me wonder if I should try to pay off the loan early or invest my extra funds? … [Read more...]

The Economics of Cutting the Cord

The Economics of Cutting the Cord

ESPN Sportscenter TV

I got rid of my cable in January, 2010. It was a liberating and awesome moment. Cutting the cord is one of the easiest ways to save on home expenses. But when I tell people, they ask, "what about sports, what about new TV shows?" I don't need sports or new shows, I'm happy with old shows. But if you are interested in keeping sports and new shows without cable at home, read on … [Read more...]