Decades ago, the gritty downtown loft occupied by artists and other entrepreneurs working from home was hardly envied, except perhaps for its generous square footage and large industrial windows. But the concept of having one big space—with maybe bedrooms and bathrooms sectioned off—gained interest with publication of more books about the property type and […]
Every dollar of principal that you pay down on your mortgage is a dollar that is now trapped in the house earning a zero percent rate of return and contributing nothing toward your retirement.
It certainly does not feel like it outside today in Southern Indiana, but we are quickly approaching September and the upcoming fall season. Where I live, we typically have a fairly warm (okay, hot) September and finally see temperatures cool off near the end of the month. Although many in this area are done with […]
Inspectors typically check your home after you’ve pretty much decided you’ve found “the one.” But wouldn’t it be far smarter to have a checklist in hand as you look at different houses to rule out—and rule in many?
There is one room in the house that always gets planned out, painted, and decorated with greatest care: the kid’s room. Whether you’re starting out as a new parent and designing a nursery for your little bundle of joy or updating to give your kiddo a “big girl” or “big boy” room as they get older, we always want our children to feel their room is cozy, safe, and fun for them.
A big part of my business is helping sophisticated real estate investors learn how they can accelerate their wealth building by leveraging high cash value life insurance policies to invest in real estate. One of the first things I have to do when I’m talking to someone, is deal with these five common misconceptions about […]
If you’re like me, these long summer days have you looking at your home and yard in new ways. For some reason, this time of year always makes me want to update, refresh, and spruce up our abode. I guess the warmer (I mean hot, humid) weather and fresh air gives me renewed energy and […]
As homes have become greener and even reached net zero status (i.e., the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site), it’s become more important for sellers and builders to tout such advantages to buyers.
It does not make good financial sense to pay off mortgage loans early to build up equity. Proper debt and equity management is the core of your retirement nest egg. Most people retire with two main assets: a home that is paid-off and their life savings. Only one of those can pay the bills and put food on the table.
Catina Smith is a realtor with EXP Realty in Nashville, Tennessee, and also a GREEN member. For Catina, real estate is more than a job; it’s more like a calling. In significant ways, her work as a realtor is like a social mission that involves helping others attain the American Dream of home ownership using […]