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February 9, 2017

Why Real Estate Investment?

We all hear the various infomercials, commercials, and programs to sell you on real estate investing, but what does it mean to invest in real estate? A real estate investment can be a simple rental property, a renovation (“flip”) or something more complex such as a 401k real estate Investment. Just like any typical investment, real estate investments fluctuate with the market. The market can be influenced by such factors as housing trends, politics, and the economy. While it may always sound like a good idea to invest in real estate, it is imperative that you educate yourself on the current market conditions as well as the risk involved. One of the more common investment [...]

 
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February 6, 2017

3 Tips for Buying a Pet-Friendly Home

Most of us know what features we want in a new home. However, beyond a yard or other pet-specific feature, most pet owners don’t consider other features they may need. And if you’re selling a home to pet owners, knowing what benefits to promote may just help you make a sale.

“Before you choose a real estate agent make sure they are pet-friendly and understand your needs as a pet owner,” said Jill Barsky, an associate broker located in Virginia. Barsky is licensed in MD, DC, and VA, and sees a lot of homes from city condos to rural farms.” Agents want to be helpful and may say they’re pet-friendly, but unless they have pets, they may not [...]

 
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February 6, 2017

Growing Pains: How to Downsize Your Home With Ease

If you're looking to move into a smaller home, it can be done. It takes a little determination, a willingness to let go, and the desire to live smaller.
 
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February 1, 2017

Begin Again: Start This Year’s Search for a Home With These 4 Apps

Searching for a new home, depending on where you’re looking, can either be an enjoyable experience or a frustrating one. This year, try one of these apps.
 
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January 31, 2017

5 Friendly Cities For Young Families

One of the biggest transitions in life is going from being a young couple to being a young family. Often, change begets change and many young families find that their lifestyle needs have shifted. A bustling downtown may be great for two working professionals, but not ideal for young children. If you’re thinking about a new locale for your young family, there are a number of things to take into consideration. Parks, safety, attractions, schools, home prices, and arts are all things to research when looking for a new city. Check out just a few of these cities to get an idea of what you may be looking for!

Bellevue, Washington

French for “beautiful view,” this [...]

 
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January 30, 2017

Real Estate Crowdfunding

Real estate crowdfunding is a new trend that’s opened unlimited possibilities for investors across the world. New inventions through Kickstarter, t-shirt fundraisers through Teespring, private donations through GoFundMe, and a ton of charitable giving for a plethora of causes. However, the real estate market is one industry that has been relatively impenetrable for an entry-level investor. That is… until now. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) ACT removed many of the barriers that existed preventing your entry-level investor from “jumping” in. It’s changed the game by allowing for properties to be marketed publicly, increased the amount of [...]

 
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January 27, 2017

How to Prepare for Spring Real Estate

Whether you’re buying or selling, the spring real estate market can be a hectic and fast-paced season. The National Association of Realtors recently conducted a new consumer survey that predicts home values will continue to rise over the course of 2017. After an impressive year for the housing market in 2016, 62% of current homeowners believe it’s a good time to sell. Spring is considered a generally favorable time for both buyers and sellers as the weather improves allowing homes to show well and more frequently, along with an uptick in inventory for buyers to browse.

So, if you’re thinking of listing your home in the spring, what are some things you can do [...]

 
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January 26, 2017

5 Shreddable Cities for Skiers and Snowboarders

If you’ve ever departed from a ski vacation wishing you didn’t have to leave, perhaps it’s time for a move to a snowier locale. While ski towns offer great amenities and quick access to the ski hill, they aren’t always the best place to live. Take Telluride, Colorado for instance – Telluride’s median home price is over $800,000 while per capita income is $38,000. Unless you work in hospitality, tourism towns can be difficult to live in, so it’s important to distinguish good ski towns to visit versus the best ski towns to live in. Check out these five livable ski cities if your life just isn’t powdery enough.

Bozeman, Montana

Serviced by continuously expanding resorts [...]

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