The interest in having some kind of outdoor space is not limited to affluent single-family home owners and developers of large multifamily dwellings. Small apartment buildings and even modest homes that each represent a good investment opportunity will appeal to a wider audience with the addition of square footage to extend indoor use as well as bring forth the healthy benefits of fresh air, sun, and greenery.
You’ll increase the odds of your investment attracting attention when it’s more neutral—clean, uncluttered, light, gender-neutral and fresh smelling. Maria Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has made her mantra of getting organized and neat an inspiration to those eager to declutter and live life more fully. But the tenets she […]
Years ago, showers became a much more sought-after amenity than tubs, as some home owners questioned how clean they could get by bathing as well as how much time they wanted to spend soaking.
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.
By simply picking investment and savings vehicles with low expenses, you can outperform traditional Wall Street investments by as much as 2.5%, year after year based on industry averages. When you compound that out over a lifetime of saving, it makes a significant difference in your retirement nest egg.
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.
An annuity is a low cost investment that will yield a very competitive rate of return that you can’t outlive. They can be designed to pay out over multiple lives so that both you and your spouse need not worry about running out of income. They can even be designed to pay the remaining balance to another beneficiary upon the death of the original annuitant. It’s a very flexible and customizable product.
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.”
Walking into a new home for the first time can feel like heading into a foreign land. You love the home, or you wouldn’t have bought it, but it can still be a bit strange and unfamiliar. Where will everything go? How will you arrange each room? Will your furniture and décor look “right” in this new place?