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If you’re looking to buy a house or condo but are balking at the steep monthly HOA or condo fees, one budget-friendly alternative is to find a self-managed condo or HOA instead. That means rather than paying a management company to maintain common areas like lawns or a community pool, you and your neighbors take care of these tasks yourselves, thus saving money. While…


Because so much of the Atlantic South originally was suitable for farming – and the small-scale manufacturing and commerce that’s attached, it now contains a large number of middle-sized markets that serve their surrounding country-side. The migration of textile and furniture manufacturing from the North, and the subsequent loss of many of those jobs to…


Even though interest rates are starting to creep up, they are still near historic lows and this means that home mortgages remain relatively cheap. As such, more people are out shopping for homes. Another plus is that more people are getting into that new American pastime – flipping houses. Why do I call it a…


Real estate investing goes through cycles. Real estate is not one big market. It’s made up of regional and local markets. Real estate isn’t like buying or selling milk and eggs. There is no stable supply and demand. In real estate, supply and demand are constantly in flux. Still, we all known the wise investor…


In the 10 years since the Great Recession, the process of value-add multifamily investing — buying a property, renovating it, raising rents, then selling for a profit — has completely changed. Markets with strong population growth and healthy job markets have become the epicenter for the new value-add. Putting The Value Back In Value-Add In the…


If you’re considering moving to New York City, you’ll want to crunch some numbers first. According to a new report from apartment search site RENTCafé, 16 of the 20 most expensive zip codes for renters are in Manhattan. Using data from Matrix, the site collected rent averages for every state and every zip code in…


Buying real estate investment trusts isn’t like buying other stocks; despite their high yields and big long-term returns, REITs require a bit more attention and a bit faster action than more popular dividend-payers, like blue chips and dividend-growth stocks. But it’s more than just speed and care. To win with REITs, you need to follow…


What began as my savings for the purchase of my dream car back in the 1990s quickly turned into the hard-earned $20,000 that my mom refused to let me spend on anything less than an investment for a substantial return. “You are not going to buy that stupid car,” she told me. And when I…


The best way to determine the right properties to buy and the right time to sell is by staying on top of the real estate market. But real estate is an investment is very much dependent on market prices and influences that can change from one month to the next. Here are some ways to…


Americans have stashed the majority of their investment dollars in the stock market over the years. But there may be a new trend on the horizon. In 2007, nearly two-thirds of Americans were investing in the stock market; last year, just over half did. A new generation of investors may be turning to real estate…

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