• How Landscaping Increases Your Home's Value
    In: Remodel and Repair
    How landscaping increases your home's value

    After spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on landscaping, how do you know if you'll recoup your investment? Homeowners may wonder if their efforts are worthwhile compared to interior projects. In actuality, landscaping comes back in resale value more than you may think. According to a publication from Virginia Tech, a home landscape has been valued at around 15 percent of a home's total value. Furthermore, certain landscape aspects add more to the home than others, including: Design: 42% Plant size: 36% Diversity of plants: 22% The study cited that a $150,000 home could go from $8,300 in worth to almost $19,000 more with the addition of a landscape. That's a lot for just...Read more >

  • Are Condos Harder To Sell Than Single-family Homes?
    In: Real Estate Investing

    Condos are a good option for homeowners who are also looking for amenities and a low-maintenance investment, but as Redfin's Arto Poladian points out, some condo owners...

  • Connecting The Dots From Complaints To Disaster
    In: Latest News

    The obvious need to investigate what caused the Flower Branch fire and explosion in Silver Spring may risk overshadowing a broader and critical analysis of the disaster...

  • House Flipping Is At A 6-year High
    In: Real Estate Investing

    House flipping. the practice where the same home is sold twice in a 12-month period, is at a six-year high, according to data from RealtyTrac. Over 51,000 single...

  • Renters Unite To Demand Affordable Housing
    In: Latest News

    The lack of affordable housing across the country has gained increasing attention in recent months. A report released earlier this year by the personal finance website...

  • Top 10 Mistakes Landlords Make
    In: Landlord Quick Tips
    Top 10 Mistakes Landlords Make

    People enter the landlord business for many different reasons. Maybe you're an "accidental landlord" who decided to rent out your former residence, or you gained a property through an inheritance. Or, maybe you diligently researched properties for sale and chose to purchase one (or more) as an extra source of income. Regardless of how or why you entered the business, being a landlord can be a profitable endeavor — or a costly one if you stumble into some common pitfalls. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes landlords make and how to avoid them. 1. (Not) Understanding your local market The three most important words in real estate investing continue to be location, location,...Read more >

  • How To Invest In Real Estate With An ...
    In: Property Management,Real Estate Investing

    While investing in real estate with an individual retirement account can be done, there are potential pitfalls and hurdles to manage. "Most of my clients...

  • America's Best Cities For Raising A Family
    In: Latest News

    Utah dominates our 2016 ranking of the best cities for raising a family, claiming three of the top 15 spots. Low crime, quality schools and a youthful population earned...

  • How To Buy A Vacation Home With A ...
    In: Real Estate Investing

    Before buying a vacation home with your golf buddy, bridge partner or old college roommate, work out all the details, such as how to finance the purchase, divide...

  • Preparing Your Home For Sale
    In: Marketing Vacant Units

    When you've decided to sell your home, the last thing you want to do is spend money to spruce the place up. After all, whoever buys it is going to replace those outdated...