The Cash Flow Analysis for Our Rental Property at Year End 2013

Rental Property Cash Flow Report

Another year has passed and it’s time once again to report on the progress of our rental property. To see 2012, visit the link at the bottom of the post. Generally speaking, it’s been a very positive year. No issues with the tenant other than the threat of a job loss, which would have forced […]

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

Network or Team

This is a post 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

Break a Lease and Move

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?

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

Mythical Dragon

This is an article by Sam Lustgarten, a doctoral student a midwestern university. 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 […]

How to Sell Your House Fast By Focusing On These 3 Key Factors

How to Sell Your House

Houses are selling fast here in North Texas. I hear stories just about every day of houses that are on the market less than seven days. Across the nation, home sales are up from last year, according to the National Association of Realtors. With Spring here, interest rates still low, and all the buzz about […]

Pros and Cons of the 15 vs 30 Year Mortgage

15 vs 30 year mortgage

Until about 2005, I never realized there were any mortgage terms other than 30 years. In addition to the fact that I’d never been in the market for a house prior to 2005, there were some excellent reasons for my ignorance. First of all, the 30-year mortgage came into being after the Great Depression—prior to […]

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a House or Rental Property?

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a House

Editor’s Note: This post is from Mr. PoP from plantingourpennies.com. He and Mrs. PoP are amateur Real Estate investors living in Florida. Feel free to let them know what you think of their advice in the comments below! Lately we’ve noticed a real increase in friends and family asking us about buying some real estate, […]

Home Warranties Companies Are Mostly Worthless and Realtors Are Part of the Problem

Are Home Warranties Worth It?

This is probably the one and only time I’ll write about home warranties, so I guess I better kill two birds with one stone. I’ll share my disappointing experience with American Home Shield so that you never have to deal with them, and then ask the larger question: are home warranties worth it? A home […]

Depreciation Recapture and Your Rental Property: The IRS Giveth and Taketh Away

Depreciation Recapture Rules - Real Estate Taxes

Editor’s note: After I posted my recent rental property cash flow analysis, the topic of depreciation came up in the comments. My friend Jason Hull then offered to share his thoughts on the often overlooked topic of depreciation recapture. So here ya go… “Lay up your treasures in heaven where there is no depreciation.” –Unknown […]

What to Look for When Buying a House (Hint: Not the Granite Countertops)

New House

The first couple in my group of friends to venture into home ownership bought a poorly constructed modern house situated right off of a dangerous main street that was in a not-particularly-great school district. You might wonder what they were thinking. At the time, their decision seemed to make sense. They had fallen in love […]

Why Millennials are Delaying Home Ownership

Millennials Delaying Homeownership

We may call it the American dream, but these days, it may seem as though home ownership is more like the American fantasy for young adults. Members of the so-called Millennial generation—those born between the early 80s and the mid 90s—are facing the possibility of renting long into adulthood, despite low post-bubble mortgage rates and […]