The Seller’s Disclosure: What Sellers and Buyers Need to Know

Sometimes, it seems that buying and selling property has a whole language of its own you need to know and understand before venturing into the market. One such term would be “seller’s disclosure.” What are they and how can they impact on you and your transaction? Buyers and sellers are both affected by this key … Continued

House Flipping: 5 Ways to Win Big

We all know about the record prices homes are going for. Although, on the flip side, house flipping may be highly competitive, there are still huge profits being made. People will tell you flipping is ‘a-walk-in-the-park’ easy. Don’t you believe them. Yes, for the hard working experienced flipper, there are big returns to be made, … Continued

All Landlords Should Know These 5 Essential Laws

There are many state, federal, and local laws that control the tenant-landlord relationship. If you are already a landlord or if you’re thinking about renting out that garden cottage, you will need a working knowledge of these essential laws. As a landlord, you are required to comply with the following: Fair Credit Reporting Act The … Continued

Stop! Bad House, Bad Buy

Buyer beware is not just an expression, it’s a lesson to keep in mind, always, lest you end up with a bad buy. The property market may be hot but that doesn’t suggest you should now be reckless all of a sudden. In view of that, stick to your guns and keep to your budget. … Continued

Should You Be Screening Tenants

If you’re landlord or investor in rental property, then maybe you’ve been trying to figure out an effective means of screening tenants. One of the biggest headaches landlords face is finding out if a potential tenant would be a good fit for their rental. Like most landlords, you want to know if the renter is … Continued

Is Anything More Important than Location When Investing in Property

There is something far more important than location if you’re going to be investing in property and that is real estate education. If you’re planning on getting a foot on the property ladder, on the way to financial freedom as an investor, you will have heard that old chestnut, “location, location, location.” This little bit … Continued

Quit Claim Deed or Warranty Deed: What’s the Difference

If you’re just embarking on a property purchase adventure, you’ll need to know about Quit Claim Deeds and Warranty Deeds. Property transactions seem to make paper like a rabbit makes bunnies and a Deed is just one of the many documents with which you’ll become familiar with and possibly the most important! One of the … Continued

Getting on the Property Ladder: 7 Tips from Property Investors

You would be surprised at the everyday people who are property investors. That nice looking grandmother who volunteers at you son’s school, the bearded young man in the checkout line at the supermarket; property investors come in all shapes and sizes. The one trait these investors all share is the belief that owning property is … Continued

Flipping Houses Is Not for the Faint-Hearted

One potential path to home ownership is the concept of flipping a home. The idea of flipping houses – buying one, putting some work into it, and then selling it for a profit – was very much a trend that never went away. If you are new to the whole idea of property ownership and … Continued

Real Estate Investor vs Homeowner Explained

How do real estate investors deviate from homeowners? Are they really all that different? To adequately answer the questions, we first must deconstruct the labels. The seemingly obvious factor is that home ownership is an emotional process first and a business deal second. Conversely, real estate investors are business people first whose whole approach to … Continued

7 Home Defects That Should Set Off Alarm Bells

A coat of paint and some landscaping are easily made cosmetic changes, affordable and straightforward. Then there are the home issues you should never ignore. When viewing a home, there are countless structural and component issues you need to pay close attention to as you house hunt. Here are some of the things that should … Continued

Essential Finance Moves for First-Time Homebuyers

The internet is full of helpful (and not so helpful) advice for first-time homebuyers. It’s understandable; we’re talking big money for most folks. Hindsight is a wonderful phenomenon. By looking back and reviewing our past, the right decisions seem obviously simple because we know how it will play out – “hindsight is always 20/20” – … Continued

What’s New in the Dallas Housing Market

The Dallas housing market has been of particular interest to would-be sellers, buyers and investors since oil prices began their slide. How would falling oil and gas revenues impact the statewide economy? Generally, the slowing of the Texas economy has been partly due to falling oil prices but also because of the stronger U.S. dollar … Continued

Closing on Time: When Delays Happen

One of the “dirty little secrets” of the real estate industry is that the chances of a real estate transaction closing on time are slim. This little-known fact is shrouded in secrecy and is one of the reasons that real estate sales professionals are sometimes distrusted. Problems will happen. It’s real estate professionals who are … Continued

Avoiding Trouble in Landlord-Tenant Relationships

It’s no secret that generally, the landlord-tenant relationship is loaded with potential problems. This sad state of affairs affects over 110,175,847Americans, renting a total of 43,267,432 properties, which means that 35% of the population is involved in an ongoing, unsatisfactory relationship. The typical landlord-tenant relationship is fraught with problems. Differences proliferate over every aspect of … Continued