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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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    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?

    Money Management Tips For New Landlords

    When you are a novice landlord, finding ways to manage your cash flow and profits can be tricky. It requires you to set up a great system for managing your money in order to make property management run smoothly. Here are some things that you can do to improve your money management as a landlord.    Hire a Property Manager The first thing to do if you're concerned about money management is to hire a property manager.

    Four Optional Home Inspection Tests You Shouldn't Skip

    When you buy a new home, the unfortunate truth is that you never know quite what you're signing up for. Home inspections help you minimize the inherent risk of buying a house by poring over every nook and cranny for signs of wear, tear and shoddy construction. But a few of the most common issues new homeowners face are not part of a standard inspection checklist, including testing for pollutants and other harmful substances.

    Small Rental Space Solutions: Things To Store Above Your Kitchen Cabinets

    Storage space is one thing that always seems to be in short supply wherever you live. It gets even more complicated in a rental where you may not be allowed to add shelving to the walls. Many rental kitchens have cabinets that do not go to the ceiling, which provides storage space, but the heat and humidity of the kitchen pose a problem as to what you can store. Keep it Neat with Boxes