real estate: Social Media No-Nos: Don't Let Politics Hurt Your Real Estate Business - 10/13/12 02:11 AM
  
You can’t really get anywhere within the social media world of real estate without hearing about Rob Hahn and his infamous blog. I’ve never met Rob in person, but I enjoy seeing his updates. I don’t necessarily agree with 100 percent of the things he posts, but I admire him because, for the most part, I feel like he shares what’s on his mind in an open and honest way.
We’re reaching the tail end of political banter season, and I’m pleased to say there was very minimal hate mongering or propaganda flinging on my newsfeed. I’ve noticed that the … (2 comments)

real estate: Riding the Trillion-Dollar Real Estate Recovery Roller Coaster - 10/03/12 05:42 AM
Most of the time, on a personal level, the housing market and buying a home exists only peripherally. Since I was asked to approach home buying from not only a personal basis, but as a representative of my generation as well, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to own a home.
Up until now, my life plan included graduating from college, getting a good job, living in an apartment for a few years and then buying a modest home.
Now I’m wondering if, perhaps, this is a somewhat juvenile picture. I mean, if Rob Kardashian, with all his … (112 comments)

real estate: What Real Estate Should I Invest In? - 09/13/12 04:02 AM
A few years ago, an investor and author named Al Thomas wrote a book for stock market and mutual fund investors with the tongue-in-cheek title, “If It Doesn’t Go Up, Don’t Buy It!”It would be nice if you could have a time machine so you could see into the future, and only buy properties that went up in value. However, that’s not the way the real world works.When it comes to investing in real estate, there’s no single answer. Every investor comes to the table with different skill sets. Some investors have a lot of home improvement skills and can add … (0 comments)

real estate: What Happens When Your Mortgage Loan is Sold? - 08/22/12 09:03 AM
If you thought keeping on top of your mortgage was difficult enough already, just wait until it is sold and a new company is demanding loan payments from you ...
Is it Normal for My Mortgage Loan to be Sold? You were careful and even meticulous about shopping for a home loan - and screening mortgage brokers - to make sure that you got a good deal and that you were getting a loan from a reputable company. So after all that, could they just turn around and sell your mortgage loan to someone you have never heard of?Absolutely, and it … (2 comments)

real estate: Starter Homes vs. Forever Homes - 08/15/12 06:25 AM
It’s so easy to think that the home you’re contemplating purchasing is the one you will live in for the rest of your life. As we all know, however, times change, tastes change and, yes, people change. Families may shrink or grow. Jobs may be relocated. Neighborhoods evolve and may no longer be the dreamscape you bought in to.So, while keeping an eye toward the future is always a good idea when making a major financial investment, such as purchasing a house, the future, as Doris Day once sang, is not ours to see.
Buying the Starter Home If you choose … (0 comments)

real estate: Million Dollar Potties - 07/17/12 07:53 AM
What’s the sexiest part about a house? Is it the yard? The kitchen? It’s a tough call, and really comes down to personal opinion. Personally, I believe bathrooms are the most attractive part of a house. Clear glass shower windows, bath tubs the size of Olympic swimming pools, televisions in the mirror. The possibilities of the perfect bathroom are endless. After scouring RealEstate.com in an attempt to satisfy my craving for bathroom pictures, I’ve collected a few that I hope you’ll enjoy as well.
Mr. Fantastic - 6 Summit Pl., Malba, NY
Property Listing Price: $3,999,000
Location: Malba, N.Y.
About: … (5 comments)

real estate: Facebook "Promoted Posts" Revealed - 06/19/12 06:06 AM
There are a lot of interesting features that have been rolled out for Facebook page managers recently. The scheduling function and admin roles assignment have been the two most talked about features within the real estate, social media sector of Facebook. Yet there are two other features that deserve attention because they will doubtless change the way we look at Facebook as a networking channel from a community manager/marketer’s point of view.
If you manage or own a page, you may be familiar with some of the features I’ve mentioned above. Let’s take a look at what happens when you try … (31 comments)

real estate: Waterfront Property: It’s not all Sunshine and Roses - 06/04/12 06:07 AM
Waterfront property can be a profitable investment and provides a wonderful living experience, but it’s important to remember that ocean view and lakefront properties come with challenges that don’t apply to other homes.
Ocean Views = Coastal Weather Waterfront property can be beautiful, but, depending on the region, it can also be subjected to damaging storms and wild weather. Beachfront homes tend to take a pounding during hurricanes and insurance rates are high as a result. In some parts of the country, where hurricanes are prevalent, it may be impossible to obtain hurricane coverage on a beachfront home.The same consideration applies, … (7 comments)

real estate: Preparing a Home to Sell - 05/25/12 08:45 AM
There’s just no getting around it: if you want top dollar for your house you’ll have to do some work. Just as you’d wash or detail your car before putting it on the market - and maybe glue down something that’s come loose - so goes your house.If you think back to when you were house hunting, you can most likely vividly recall the messy, dirty houses. The ones that made you hesitant to touch anything. The ones you wouldn’t consider buying because they were such a mess. Are you getting the picture?Moving is hard work. The last thing a potential … (15 comments)

real estate: How to Apply for a Mortgage Loan Like a Pro - 03/18/12 08:42 AM
Buying a home is not something the average American does every day. While the purchase process is second nature to real estate and mortgage brokers, it is somewhat mysterious to the rest of us.When asked how to eat an elephant, a wise person once responded, “one bite at a time.”  While the home loan process seems like a gargantuan task, it’s easier to understand when it’s broken down into smaller pieces.
Act Like a Boy Scout - Prepare! Wouldn’t it be great if there were a one-stop shop where you could price-compare without having to run all over town? While a … (2 comments)

 
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