9 Surprisingly Big Benefits of a Smaller Home

It’s hardly news that downsizing your home will save you money. In addition to the lowered mortgage payment and taxes, you’ll also spend less on utilities and maintenance. But living in a smaller house isn’t just a smart financial decision. Deciding to downsize can also improve your quality of life. Here are five nine ways […]

How Much House Can I Afford?

Right now, home prices are low, and mortgage rates are attractive. As a result, the temptation to buy is great, especially for first time homebuyers who want to get in now, while they can save big. However, just because you think now is a good time to buy does not mean that you should. Make […]

How to Plan a Move Across the Country

Have you ever thought about packing up and relocating to a new city or state? A lot of people do so (on average 7,628,000 move to a different state each year) for many reasons which may include pursuing job opportunities, moving closer to family and friends, or simply a change in lifestyle. Relocation can be fun, […]

The Cash Flow Analysis for Our Rental Property at Year End 2014

Another year has passed and it’s time once again to report on the progress of our rental property. To see 2013 and before, visit the link at the bottom of the post. I had a few negative things happen this year that could have ruined the year. First, my tenant broke his lease. This was […]

12 Personal Finance Podcasts to Consider for Your Commute

I know a lot of people have rough commutes. After living in two major metropolitan areas and having to patiently ride out the commute to and from the office each day – I get it. 30 minutes here, 45 minutes there, and before you know it, you’re on the road for over an hour everyday. […]

These Smart Home Improvements Will Help You Yield the Best Returns at Resale

Have you ever considered a home improvement project? Perhaps you received a sizable tax return or company bonus and are looking to invest in your home. A home improvement project can be a great investment or it can actually be a waste of money in terms of recouping the costs when you sell. Certainly, smart […]

Think You’ve Answered the Renting vs Buying Question? Read this Renting Convert’s Perspective

Last year my wife and I decided to make the biggest change in our 12 years of marriage.  We decided to pursue our dream of living by the coast.  We sold our house in Dallas, TX, packed our belongings, and moved to sunny SoCal! Well, it wasn’t exactly that simple. It took almost a year of praying, […]

What to Do If Your Tenant Breaks the Lease

Sooner or later, you’re going to get the dreaded notice from your tenant that they have to break the lease. No matter how much you prepare, it’s usually not fun to stop down and turnover a rental unit ahead of schedule. But there are some things you can do to minimize the pain, both before you […]

The Very First Thing You Have to Do When Getting Into Real Estate

This is an article from Anton Ivanov, long-time reader and fellow blogger with an interest in real estate and online entrepreneurship Here’s Anton… You can invest in the stock market without meeting or knowing a single person. You can research, buy, manage and sell your equity investments online in the comfort of your own home. […]

4 Tips to Help You Break a Lease Without Owing a Fortune

Need to move? Read this before breaking your lease. Many renters find themselves in situations where they need to break a lease, whether it’s to leave a roommate, relocate for work, find more affordable rent, purchase a home, or locate a more responsive property manager. While it’s risky to break a legally binding contract, a […]

Are Property Managers Worth Their Fees?

Whether you are an accidental landlord or if you planned to become a residential real estate investor, someone will have to manage your property. Who will find you new tenants when yours move out? Who will handle complains about leaky faucets in the middle of the night? Who will handle tenants who do not pay […]

The Mythical Benefits of Buying a Home and the Case for Renting

The real estate market is changing. After years of record-low rates for mortgages, the interest market is beginning to heat up. Homebuyers are suddenly second-guessing their decision to buy. NPR recently reported that many prospective buyers were quoted “3.5 percent” only weeks ago. Now, they’re facing 5.2 percent. Homebuyers seeking low mortgage rates have long […]