Whether you’re in the market for a home to live in, purchase as an investment property or both, you can never have enough detailed information. Fortunately, the number of books that focus on these topics seems to expand exponentially each year. Here are four we think noteworthy.
With changes in the new tax plan passed by Congress, many who own their home or have investment properties are carefully reading the provisions to see how they will affect their finances.
Not every kitchen needs to be gutted and completely done over to function well, look smart, and attract a buyer or renter. Minimizing work will also make a property available to list, sell, and rent faster.
Millions are buying up homes to rent out as the “AirBnB-type” part of the sharing economy has exploded into a multibillion dollar business. GREEN blogger and Real Estate journalist Barbara Ballinger discusses exactly practical steps for how BOTH homeowners (who do this to earn extra income to supplement their main jobs or when they’re retired as their main source of income) and investors (make a full-time business out of buying up properties as investment income and never reside in these homes) can rent out their property to “Draw More Dollars from Your Home.”
Color represents a personal preference. Yet, ever since Pantone started picking a favorite annual hue, manufacturers in different industries have tried to sway consumers with their new choices. The paint industry is no different.
Black used to be considered purely an accent color and mostly for sophisticated males living on their own. But in recent months, it’s become a favorite of a much larger cohort, promoted first by the most progressive-thinking designers, architects, builders and manufacturers who realized that many homeowners were tired of avoiding deep saturated hues after living amid so much pale gray, beige and white.
Satellite images and drones have been used in real estate for years, but now the next evolution is available to present even better, crisper, high-resolution images of residential and commercial properties, and from all angles high up in the sky.
No matter if it’s rarely used, the front door and its foyer beyond remains an important feature of every home, both as an architectural focal point and the preferred entry for most guests and certainly for buyers. After those looking size up a home’s curb appeal—how the exterior and landscaping look, the entry makes a big difference in their next impression.
Single men may not rival women in terms of the number who are buying houses and condominiums on their own. Women represent 17 percent of homebuyers in this country, compared with 7 percent of single men, according to the most recent data from the National Association of Realtors(R) (NAR). But men still reflect a strong, steady cohort due to a variety of factors.
Kitchen floors are the path on which we tread daily. While they may not be the key reason folks are wowed by a kitchen when looking to buy, an old dinged or dented floor is sure to cause concern about how much it will cost to fix or replace. So what floor catches the attention of most buyers?