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After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.

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    3 Signs It's Time To Find A New Apartment

    There are few things in the world that are as annoying as moving, even if it's simply a matter of packing your stuff up and going across town. However, there comes a time when everyone must leave their apartment and move on to better pastures. There are a number of different signs that it might be time to look for a new apartment in your area. Neighbors There are a number of reasons why you might want to move due to your neighbors.

    Four Reasons Not To Use For Sale By Owner To Sell Your Home

    In an effort to save some money, you may have done some research and decided to list your home for sale without using a real estate agent. It's a reasonably sensible idea, since you know your neighborhood and more about your home than any real estate agent could possibly know. After all, professional real estate agents charge a commission on the sale, money that you would rather be in your pocket.

    The Landlord's Bottom Line: 3 Maintenance Tips That Will Save You Money In The Long Run

    If you're doing property leasing or renting, you're in the landlord business. As with all businesses, your main goal is to make money. However, expensive repairs, insurance, taxes and advertising can really cut into your bottom line. Fortunately, there are some ways that you can save some money when it comes to maintenance and repairs. If you stay on top of the following three maintenance items, you will save money in the long run.

    Six Suggestions When Staging Your Home For A Showing Or Open House

    If you are trying to sell your home, there are some simple things that could turn potential tenants off. The best way to approach showings with prospective buyers is to stage your home, to create an aesthetically-pleasing property that will appeal to a wide range of people. Consider the following six suggestions when staging your home for a real estate open house or when you are showing it off to interested parties.

    Tips For Objectively Looking At Homes For Sale

    As you tour homes for sale this spring, it is important for you to look past all of the staging tips and tricks used to fool your eyes into seeing the advantages of a home and ignoring its disadvantages. Taking the extra time to look objectively at homes that you are interested in potentially buying will ensure that the house that you purchase does not come with hidden flaws that you overlooked in your excitement.

    Make Spring Cleaning More Manageable By Making It A Year Round Task

    Spring cleaning and clean up is an exasperating process that can add stress to the early warming months. After all, you may end up spending weeks at a time trapped indoors as the weather turns beautiful! Don't fall victim to this problem: streamline your spring cleaning process by making it a daily year-round process. Break Tasks Down By Room The easiest way to make your spring cleaning more manageable is to break up your tasks into separate rooms.

    Four Rental Myths To Put To Rest

    As you search for your next rental, you may come across information that is only partially true or even completely incorrect. Arming yourself with accurate information and being able to recognize false claims helps you make an informed decision about renting your next apartment unit. 1. Your rental payment history doesn't affect your credit history. It's easy to see why this myth is so prevalent; in the past, your rental payment history had no effect on your credit score, unless your rent was severely overdue or your landlord sought a judgment against you.

    To Be Or Not To Be (A Landlord, That Is) -- 5 Ways To Know If It's For You

    Many people looking to secure a more confident retirement plan look at rental properties as a stream of income. And, to be sure, this can be a lucrative and relatively stable way to ensure that money comes in monthly. But just because you can buy one or more rental homes doesn't necessarily mean you should do so. How can you tell if being a landlord is the right move for you?