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Buy from Flippers or Do the Reno Yourself?

When you buy a home in South Florida, or any market where most of the housing stock is older – and not new construction – you will most likely have to consider whether you want to buy a home that has been recently upgraded (often by a home flipper), or if you want to do the…

Maintenance Matters

When buying a home, there are many options to consider, a major one is whether or not you want to purchase a property that is part of a homeowners association (HOA) which requires you to pay a monthly maintenance fee. Here’s what you need to know to help decide if you want to go that…

Assessing the Trend – Is Renting Pricier than Buying?

In December of 2015, experts began making predictions for the 2016 real estate market. One of which, from this article on Realtor.com was “Already unaffordable rents will go up more than home prices.” Now that we’re halfway through 2016 – let’s take a moment to assess if this trend prediction was on-point, and what it…

Great Renters are Like Unicorns (But They Do Exist)

Most of us don’t wake up one day thinking, “I want to be a landlord,” especially if the space is your own home or a room in your home. There are many situations that can arise where having a renter can be a great solution. Finding a great renter may feel at times like searching…

Repurposing Real Estate

One of the most interesting aspects of the industry is, as the years go by, new and inventive uses of buildings for existing properties, such as a church transformed in to a home or an old factory turned into office or loft space. Get Creative Alternate use of buildings is often done out of necessity.…

How to Spot an Up and Coming Area

When looking to buy a home or property for investment, most of us don’t set out to buy the most expensive home in the most expensive neighborhood, where you may or may not make money when you go to sell down the road. Some neighborhoods are a safe bet, investment-wise, and are not likely to…

Condo Considerations

Thinking about buying a condo? You may not be aware that the rules for condo purchases are different than other types of residences such as single-family homes and townhomes. If we think about real estate like a dating relationship, condos can be more like an arranged marriage than a love affair. Here’s what you need…

How to Keep Your Urban Home Even with Kids

I recently wrote a piece for my blog on the impact having kids can have on your real estate needs. Often the inevitable conclusion is giving up on the dream of urban living and moving out to the ‘burbs. I’m here to tell you it’s possible to maintain the urban, city lifestyle you love, even…