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    What to Know About Financing a Multiunit Home

    Erin GoblerMay 12, 2021 | 6 MIN READFacebookTwitterEmailSMS Editorial Independence We want to help you make more informed decisions. Some links on this page — clearly marked — may take you to a partner website and may result in us earning a referral commission. For more information, see How We Make Money. Passive rental income is a dream for many investors looking to achieve financial independence. A 2019 Gallup poll found that real estate was the favorite investment option for Americans, more so than stocks or savings. The reality, though, is that purchasing a multiunit home is a serious financial undertaking with unique lending requirements that can often mean a bigger down payment. Plus,…

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    Why Real Estate Investors Should Use Virtual Staging to Sell or Rent Properties

    [Updated: Apr 20, 2021 ] Sep 09, 2020 by Barbara Zito Are you tempted to skip out on staging a property because of the cost and time involved? Then it’s time for you to consider virtual staging. According to a report by the National Association of Realtors, 40% of buyers’ agents said a staged property was effective in helping potential buyers envision themselves in the space. What’s more is that one in four agents surveyed said a staged home resulted in a 1% to 5% increase in the sales price. Actual staging can be pricey, though there are ways to stage a home on a budget. But aside from the money, traditional staging can…

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    10 Storage and Organization Tips for Your New Home

    Aby GarveyUpdated: Mar. 30, 2021 Moving into a new home is an opportunity to start fresh and organized. Use these ideas to get settled with a plan that works for you and your family. Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links.1 / 10 WESTEND61/GETTY IMAGES Consider What Worked Before you begin unpacking a single box, take a few minutes to reflect on what worked well before you moved. Were there certain areas of your previous home that stayed clutter-free due to effective organizing systems? If so, think through how to build those strategies into your new home.…

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    What to Know About Today’s Busy Market

    You’re probably well aware that the real estate market is more competitive than ever (due to low inventory, among other things). Still, it’s not a bad time to buy a house. Mortgage rates are low, home values are on the rise and, in many cases, buying is still more affordable than renting. Are you considering purchasing a house in today’s fast-paced market? Here are five tips that can help. Get preapproved. Applying for a mortgage preapproval is critical in a competitive market. Not only can it give you a good price range to shop in, but it can also help sellers feel more confident in your offers (and maybe even choose…

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    3 Big Housing Decisions You May Face

    Housing decisions are never small. Where you choose to live impacts your budget, your job prospects and your social life.  And in the future, your home plays a major role in what your retirement might look like (financially and logistically).  For these reasons, housing decisions require plenty of careful consideration. Want to be prepared to make the right choice when the time comes? Start here. 1. Should you build or buy?  Both building a new home or buying an existing one can be good choices. You’ll typically pay more for a new home, but it will likely need fewer repairs and have lower maintenance costs.  Existing homes, on the other…

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    4 Common Questions About Closing Costs

    May 11 2021 If you’re getting ready to buy a home, you’re probably focused on saving as much as you can for the down payment. But don’t forget: You’ll need to cover closing costs, too.  To create a realistic homebuying plan, make sure you factor in this additional upfront expense so that you can set yourself up for success. Are you eyeing a home purchase in the near future? Here’s what you need to know about closing costs: What are closing costs?  Closing costs include several fees, including those associated with originating, processing and underwriting your loan, recording the transaction with your county, appraising your home and more. Taxes and…

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    3 Big Housing Decisions You May Face

    April 11 2021 Housing decisions are never small. Where you choose to live impacts your budget, your job prospects and your social life.  And in the future, your home plays a major role in what your retirement might look like (financially and logistically).  For these reasons, housing decisions require plenty of careful consideration. Want to be prepared to make the right choice when the time comes? Start here. 1. Should you build or buy?  Both building a new home or buying an existing one can be good choices. You’ll typically pay more for a new home, but it will likely need fewer repairs and have lower maintenance costs.  Existing homes,…

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    Don’t Skip These 6 Smart Moving Tips

    No matter how much you prepare and how excited you are about your new home, moving will always be a bit stressful.  There are endless to-do’s and tiring tasks, and once you’re finished, there’s still unpacking and organizing to be done. Even so, you can take steps to streamline your relocation and minimize problems. Are you planning to move properties soon? Take a look at these helpful tips as you get started. Declutter and donate. Your first step should be to declutter your house and donate any items you no longer need. You should do this a few months out — long before you start packing.  Start vetting and reserving…

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    March Market Summaries-by City & County

    These city & county market summaries are great for your market dynamics conversations with clients: List vs Sales price ratio, days on market, average sold price per sq feet, absorption rate, months of inventory. Look like the pro you are! They are also great to upload right into your Moxi Present CMA and Highnote. I can also filter the property type, price point, bed/bath, etc by any city or zip in California for you by request. CLICK HERE to access market summaries for the following cities and counties (both Detached and Condo/Townhouse reports included): The updated reports are also HERE in our Best of Breed essentials Highnote link, under TrendGraphix Monthly Market Summaries .

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    How Could Biden’s Tax Plans Affect Real Estate?

    President Biden is working on a new tax plan that will raise tax rates for some. The increases could be among the most significant since the 1990s, and real estate investors and professionals are looking at the proposed plan to see how it might affect them. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act from 2017 put in place quite a few measures affecting property owners. For example, there was a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions. There was also a lower limit on the mortgage interest deductions. Instead of deducting up to $1 million, taxpayers can deduct the interest on loans up to a maximum of $750,000. Democrats are…

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