Tag Archives: real estate

Let’s Go House Hunting — Or Not

Spring and summer mean different things to young families. For some it’s a time of fun and adventure, while others anticipate a lengthy period of relaxation and recharging. And then there are those who don’t fit in either category. They’re the families who page through Trulia and Zillow looking for a new home to move into before the new school year begins.Continue Reading

The ABCs of Home Ownership

You’ve decided to move the family out of your one-bedroom, walk-up apartment into a home in the suburbs. First off, congratulations – you’re taking a step many Americans still have yet to achieve. Second, you may be unfamiliar with some of the terms encountered in the course of your home purchase. Here to help you along are a few basic terms to get familiar with.Continue Reading

The ABCs and 123s of Investing

Its been a long and tiring process, but you paid off your last debt and built up an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses. Your budget is now flush with available cash with nowhere to go – at least that’s what you think. In reality, the available cash has a precise destination in the form of long-term investments. Whether it’s your company’s 401(k) or a personal Roth IRA, your leftover money does better in an investment instead of a bank account. The dilemma is where to put your money and how much should be added on a regular basis. To assist you, here is an alphabetical and numerical list of suggested investments.Continue Reading

What to Expect From a Home Inspection

You’ve found your first home, and it’s perfect – at least from what you can see. Though it looks great and is within your price range, there can be surprises lurking elsewhere in the home that can cost significant amounts of cash when you move in. To avoid these potential pitfalls, a home inspection needs toContinue Reading

Multiple Ways to Invest

Any young family knows the challenge of learning how to invest for the first time. Unless you go to business school, this topic is not addressed in school. Given the tendency of individualism in our society, it’s almost a given that parents fail to teach investing to their kids. I know that I am still learning how to properly invest for my family’s future. I’m no expert, but I have learned a lot in the past few years. Here are many places you can put your money to generate even more revenue.Continue Reading

Are You Cut Out to be a Landlord?

I was talking with my brother the other day and the conversation moved towards real estate. My brother had a unique opportunity to buy his own house when he was in college. He lived in a fairly affordable area of town and spent the last two years and then two years in graduate school fixing up the house.Continue Reading

Will Real Estate Get you Out of the Middle Class?

In this economy, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The middle class is dwindling. If you are in the middle class, you may be able to secure a decent paying job and afford a few of the finer things in life, but this won’t allow you to acquire any significant measure of wealth. No matter how frugal you are or the number of side jobs you can handle, you won’t be able to work your way out of the middle class.Continue Reading