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Jun 15, 2018

Thinking of becoming a landlord? 5 tips to profit from rental properties

The wheels are turning in your head: Rent prices in Metro Orlando are rising, and real estate has long been seen as a top investment.

Is it time to take the leap and become a landlord? “Owning a rental property can be a great source of cash flow and future equity appreciation,” said David Diaz, head of operations at Florida property management company Great Jones.Diaz took a few minutes recently to outline a few tips to succeed as a first-time landlord.

Here are five key points:

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May 09, 2018

Pros and cons of investing in gated community homes

The amount of gated communities in the country has exploded in the past couple of decades. And on the face of things, buying a home in one of these exclusive areas appears to be a sound investment. Safety and security, wealthy residents and expensive homes, and the exclusive nature of these communities – they all add up to what seems like a positive place to park some of your money. But are gated communities all they’re cracked up to be for investors? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons – and as we will discover, it’s something of a mixed bag...

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Mar 14, 2018

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Before Retiring?

For years, it has been part of retirement planning collective knowledge that paying off your mortgage before you retire should be a top priority. But is this advice true for all homeowners and retirees? The answer is that it depends. While having a mortgage during retirement adds a hefty bill to a post-employment lifestyle, allocating more money to paying off your mortgage before retirement to the detriment of your ability to save for retirement is generally not the answer.

To determine whether paying off your mortgage before retirement is a good strategy for you, here are three questions to ask yourself:

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Mar 04, 2018

Invest in things that gain in value over the years

How is your health? I am not talking about whether you have the flu. I am talking about your financial health. There are many indicators of your financial health, but the one most used by financial planners is your net worth. It is probably the most important measure of your personal financial health, yet most people don’t even know about it and have never calculated it.Many people determine their financial health by their income, how much money they make. But if you spend it all or even spend more than you make, it isn’t very accurate. Some people determine their wealth by how much they have in savings. Some people determine financial health by how big their house is or where they live. But these methods have a serious flaw. They don’t take into account any debts you might have.Your net worth is calculated by adding up the assets you have and subtracting your liabilities. In English it means you add up all the things you own and subtract what you owe. If you have ever taken out a home loan, the bank did this to determine whether to give you a loan and how much interest you were going to pay. They asked for all of your assets, which are savings, retirement assets, other real estate you own, business and personal assets and cash. Next they asked for all of your liabilities or what you owe, including mortgages, student loans, credit cards, business loans, personal loans and car loans.

That one number, your net worth, is the...

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Feb 14, 2018

11 Ways to Add Value to Bathrooms

Bathrooms, like kitchens, are a huge selling point in your home. They're also the most personal of spaces. Here are 11 ways you can add value to yours through quick updates that make a big difference...

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Feb 08, 2018

How rising interest rates will affect consumers

Rising bond yields, and worries that the Federal Reserve might get more aggressive in raising a key interest rate, have sent Wall Street into turmoil in the last week.It began with last Friday's jobs report that showed a big jump in wages and a corresponding rise in bond yields, which influence a whole range of interest rates. All of a sudden, it appears the recent era of rock-bottom interest rates is ending.Consumers can expect to feel some impact from a rising rate environment, though not nearly as much as the stock market. Robert Frick, corporate economist at Navy Federal Credit Union, still believes the Fed will hike interest rates three times in 2018 -- not four as some on Wall Street fear.No major impactFor consumers, three 0.25 percent hikes in the discount rate will mostly affect those with variable rate loans, such as credit card balances."However...

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Jan 22, 2018

How a government shutdown impacts real estate and housing

With a dispute in the Senate over the immigration program DACA still unresolved, the government shutdown continues for a third day on Monday morning after Congress’s failed attempts to pass a spending deal that would fund the government through mid-February. A Senate vote on an agreement that would end the shutdown and fund the government for another three weeks is scheduled for noon ET Monday. Whether the plan will gain enough support from Democrats is unclear, according to CNN, but until business as usual resumes, homebuyers and sellers could be in store for headaches — but not any long-term setbacks.During a shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) furlough large swaths of workers, significantly delaying mortgage approval until work resumes.Banks and private lenders will...

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Jan 03, 2018

Home prices are set to soar in 2018

The temperature may be frigid across much of the nation, yet home prices are sizzling and sellers are in the hot seat. Sales prices jumped 7 percent annually in November, according to a new report from CoreLogic.

That is the third straight month at that pace, far higher than the price gains in the first half of 2017. Low supply and high demand are fueling the spurt and neither of those is expected to ease up anytime soon.

Supply is actually falling even more now, and a strengthening economy is pushing demand. This will have potential buyers out early this year, trying to get a jump on the spring market.

"Rising home prices are good news for home sellers...

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Nov 18, 2017

Things to know about a neighborhood when investing in rental homes

Before you make the decision to purchase a home for rental purposes, it is important to do your research before actually signing on the dotted line. While the home may appear to be a great rental property, believe it or not, the neighborhood can be a make or break for any deal. Regardless of how nice the house is, if the neighborhood isn’t sound, you are going to have a really hard time finding decent tenants. When considering a property, take some time to really look at the area around the property. Do your due diligence and make sure you have an intimate knowledge of the surrounding neighborhood before putting up any money. Ask questions When purchasing a property for investment purposes, it is always best to view the property first hand. You should always inspect the house for yourself—but, just as importantly, you should check out the neighborhood yourself, as well. Spend some time in the area to get a good feel for the neighborhood. Meet the neighbors and those who work in the local shops...

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Oct 31, 2017

Private equity changing rental market

After the housing crash, a new industry rose around property management that allowed single-family homes to be treated as commodities. Following the Great Recession, private equity started moving into the housing market, buying tens of thousands of homes and turning them into rental properties.In a recently aired segment on NPR’s WBUR, Dustin Dwyer, reporter for Michigan Public Radio and a Grand Rapids resident, explained how private investors from out of state became interested in purchasing homes in the Grand Rapids market.Dwyer was curious, “Why would someone from Chicago or California be interested in buying up homes in Grand Rapids, Michigan?”Dwyer said he learned through speaking to other residents in the city that out-of-state companies began investing in Grand Rapids homes to turn around and sell them as rental properties, often driving up the price of rent and forcing people out.He also spoke to analysts and experts in the housing market and learned about the increased trend of investors and hedge funds buying large amounts of properties after the 2008-09 housing crash...

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