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10 Tips for Investing in Rental Properties

By on Feb 21, 2014 in Investing, Real Estate | 0 comments

The U.S. rental market is booming. Renters are turning to extended leases as a cost-effective alternative to save for their future home purchases. Plus, when the economy and housing market plummeted in past years, many families were forced into short sales and foreclosures creating more and more renters on the market. The high demand for rentals yields increased...

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What First-Time Home Buyers Should Know

By on Dec 26, 2013 in Debt, Real Estate | 6 comments

The transition from renter to first-time home buyer is an exciting time full of questions and possibilities. What order does a buyer need to do things? How quickly do buyers need to decide? Here are some suggestions to help first-time buyers make the best choices: Get pre-approval for a mortgage. When buyers are pre-approved, they have a better idea of how much home...

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Home Improvement Tips that Will Save You Money

By on Dec 20, 2013 in Real Estate, Saving Money | 0 comments

In the world of home improvement, not all upgrades are created equal. While there are plenty of ways to enhance your home’s appeal for your personal enjoyment, there are even more ways to make improvements so you can save money. From quick, easy fixes to more elaborate changes that require a larger investment, all of the following ideas will save you money on your...

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Our Adjustable Rate Mortgage is No More

By on Dec 10, 2013 in Real Estate | 11 comments

For the past couple of years we have benefited from having an adjustable rate mortgage. Originally we were paying 8.125% and it seemed ridiculous when we saw interest rates plummet but we were still making the higher interest payments. However, due to the nature of it being adjustable, our interest rate did end up going down to about 4.15%. As you can imagine, we...

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Renting Out a Room: A Way to Achieve Your Financial Goals Even Faster

By on Nov 18, 2013 in Extra Cash, Real Estate | 14 comments

One of the sessions that Deacon covers in his debt free in 18 months is making more money and decreasing expenses.  In another related post, he goes further and details a list of 10 ways to make more money.  Some of them involve more time than others, some may earn more money than others, and some may not be applicable for certain folks. I want to elaborate on #8...

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4 Ways to Increase Your ROI with Real Estate

By on Jul 11, 2013 in Real Estate | 10 comments

Owning real estate can be a roller coaster for the thrill-seeking investor looking to diversify their portfolio. While some look to real estate investment trusts (REITs) to invest in real estate commodities, others seek larger returns by purchasing and managing their own real estate. Many investors are dissuaded from purchasing rental real estate because of the cost...

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