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February 9, 2017

5 Tips for Finding a Rental When You Have Pets

The only thing harder than finding the perfect apartment or rental home is finding one that allows pets.

“Finding a rental property is hard if you have pets. It’s especially hard to find a rental property if you have one of the so-called dangerous breeds, like a pit bull, Rottweiler or a German shepherd,” said Realtor Jill Barsky. Barsky, who rescues and owns pit-bulls, owns and runs her own animal rescue, and is a Virginia Realtor, says she regularly gets calls from panicked renters and pet owners in search of a new rental.

“They call me and say, ‘My landlord just found out I have a pet and now I’m being kicked out, or I have to [...]

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February 3, 2017

Big Game? Tiny Home! The Ultimate in Tailgating.

As an Englishman living in the States, I can equate the fervor of the “Big Game” to a similar big game in the UK, the FA Cup Final, a pinnacle of British football, um soccer.

Given the history of (the real) football as a game for working class folks, and as a public transport-driven culture, it’s rare that any football stadium is too far removed from residential areas, nor too far from a Tube stop (in London) or bus stop anywhere else in the country.

The thought of renting a ‘tiny house’ close to an event stadium to watch the pre-game show on TVs within your tiny home, is therefore somewhat alien to this Brit, until you add in the normal [...]

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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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December 14, 2016

Virtual Rent Hunting: What to Know Before You Search for Your Next Rental

Looking for a new place to rent? Only fools rush in. Read these tips to avoid common mistakes people make when renting a home.
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November 28, 2016

How To Be a Landlord in Your Own Home

Renting a room in your home is a great way to earn extra passive income. However, there are potential pitfalls. Make sure you know the laws in your area.
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November 25, 2016

Reasons Your Second Home Should Be a Mobile Home

Are you ready to take the plunge and purchase a vacation home? Perhaps you might be considering a mobile home. The purchase of a mobile home may be less conventional than what you’ve experienced in the past so it’s important to consider some of the benefits.
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September 23, 2016

11 Questions First-Time Renters Should Ask

Renting your first apartment ranks among the best days of your life. It signifies freedom, responsibility, and adulthood. It’s not a dorm room; it’s your place. But before you go signing a lease, here are 11 questions you need to ask the landlord first.

What utilities are there, and who pays them?

Most apartments cover trash pickup and water, but you’re on your own for electric and gas. However, some apartments do have water meters, and you’re responsible for all the utilities. Water can add from $50 to $500 to monthly costs, so make sure you (1) ask who pays the water and sewage and (2) call the local utility company to get the average water use and cost for the apartment [...]

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September 13, 2016

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Taking Care of Your Home: What to Check When Buying or Renting

Buying or renting your first new home or apartment can be both exciting and scary. Most parents don’t think to involve their children when they’re in the middle of shopping for a new place to live and so for many of us, we’re on our own when it comes time to find our own place for the first time. However you aren’t really alone. Guides like this one can be a valuable resource, but don’t forget to rely on your realtor as well. They have likely been involved in more purchases and sales than you’ll ever see in your lifetime, and their goal is to find you a place to live that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

That said, it never hurts to be prepared so that you know what you [...]

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