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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 worry about the resale value. Is selling a condo harder than a single-family home? Poladian writes: First, your condo is only as good as your Homeowners’ Association or…


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 family homes and condos were flipped in the second quarter of 2016, 14% more than in the first quarter and 3% higher than a year ago and…


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 own real estate but outside of their IRA,” says Kelly McLean Rindock, a certified financial planner at Steel Valley Investment Group of Raymond James & Associates in Center Valley, Pennsylvania….


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 expenses and schedule getaway time slots. Most important, decide what happens if one party wants out. Failing to negotiate these issues ahead of time can lead to…


Any competent real estate investment advisor will tell you it’s easy to make your fortune with a real estate career – as long as you know what you are doing. The first advice your real estate investment advisor should give you is to not jump in with both feet right away. Before making your first…


Despite rising prices, institutional investors continue to buy single-family rentals. “Investors are willing to accept much smaller returns,” says Steve Hovland, director of research for HomeUnion, a real estate investment management firm. “A volatile stock market has made investor wary. Single-family rental housing is much more attractive than other options.” The share of single-family homes…


Changing political and economic landscapes are leading to new predictions of how interest rates will behave now and in the coming months. To understand how interest rates will change in the future, let’s look at the trends we’ve seen since 2010: Interest rates fell to historic lows, and buyers enjoyed those low rates on new…


Once you’ve finished the house hunting process and found a home to your liking, it’s time to put in an offer and make an agreement with the seller. But before you purchase your home, there’s some additional digging to do. The due diligence stage in a real estate transaction is a vital part of the…


Where you live can have a big impact on your future prosperity. That’s because the country’s most expensive housing markets have appreciated at a much fasterclip in the last 30 years than homes in the country’s least expensive markets. Home prices in the priciest cities have increased two times as fast as those in the…


Not everyone who walks through the door is a potential buyer. In real estate showings, the Sunday open house is the gold standard. As the name implies, a property is open to just about anyone who learns of the showing in an online or print ad, drives by and sees the agent’s A-frame sign, or…

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