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    • Should You Try to Time Neighborhood Price Changes?

      Much like the prices in the stock market, the prices of properties in a given neighborhood can cycle up or down, based on external variables. Hypothetically, you can use these swings to your advantage—especially if you’re considering buying a new home or selling your old one. The idea goes like this; you sell your home... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • Should You Buy Your Next House in Cash?

      Buying a home and taking out a mortgage have essentially become synonymous over the years. Almost everyone takes out a loan to purchase a house, but that doesn’t mean you have to. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to buy a house with cash, and, regardless of your income, you might actually be able... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 7 Ways Every Homeowner Can Save up to $1,987 This Year

      One of the biggest issues people have with renting is they’re throwing money down the drain when they could be building equity. And while this is true, don’t assume that home ownership is an easy ride. As a homeowner, you face several unique expenses. Over time, these can really start to add up. The good... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 6 Signs a Seller is Motivated to Unload Their House

      When it comes to real estate negotiations, nothing is more important than leverage. The individual with the leverage is the individual who will ultimately come away with a more favorable outcome (assuming they’re able to couple the leverage with patience). From a buyer’s perspective, nothing gives you more leverage than knowing that a seller is... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • How to Buy a Piece of Land for Your Dream House

      It’s often said that home ownership is the essence of the American Dream. But if there’s one thing that goes beyond mere ownership — that cuts to the heart of what it means to be an American — it’s being able to purchase your own undeveloped plot of land and build a custom home on... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 7 Ways to Make an Older, Dated Home Look Modern

      As the saying goes, “The only constant is change.” This maxim definitely holds true in the arena of real estate and home design. Interior design and architectural trends come and go fairly swiftly, which can leave your home looking outdated in a depressingly short time. Fortunately, modernizing a dated-looking structure doesn’t have to be expensive... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 9 Things to Budget for When You Shop for a New Home

      A lot of different factors go into the purchase of a home. They include location, style, square footage, school zoning, and neighborhoods. But the most important facet of the home search — and of home ownership in general — is the financial aspect. When you’re buying a house, you need to be ready to meet... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • How to Make a Good First Impression on Homebuyers

      It takes a homebuyer less than three minutes to form a first impression of your house. This is about the amount of time it takes them to get out of their car, walk across the driveway, open the door, and begin looking around the main living areas. If you want to increase your chances of... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 6 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

      When you purchase a home and sign the documents at the closing table, you walk away feeling a great sense of relief. The search is over and you finally “own” a home. But want to know a dirty little secret? You don’t really own the home. Sure, your name is on the title, but you... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 15 Types of Home Inspections You Can Order Before Purchasing

      Both first-time homebuyers and veteran real-estate investors should do a thorough home inspection before the purchase of a property. A bank doesn’t care how good the home looks on the surface; it needs to see a firm structure and foundation before it will offer funding. The bank wants to protect its investment and incidentally save... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 12 Steps to a Successful First House Flip

      Television shows like Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper make it look easy to find an outdated, low-priced home and transform it into an incredible property that nearly doubles in value. The reality for most home flippers is a little different. It takes time, money, and expertise to flip a property, and most first-time flippers... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 6 Ways New Homeowners Waste Money

      Buying your first home is an exciting step. It’s one of those quintessential adult experiences that makes you feel accomplished. However, just because you’ve signed a bunch of documents at the closing table doesn’t mean you’ve made it. Homeownership is a long-term responsibility that requires time, money, energy, and a hefty amount of tender loving... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 5 Bathroom Projects with the Highest Resale Value

      When homebuyers and renters tour a residence, they tend to focus on kitchens and bathrooms more than any other areas. Eventually, structural details, flooring, and other items will catch their eye, but if you have great kitchen and bathroom spaces, you’ll win their hearts. “The kitchen and bathroom sell a house,” says Ken Perrin, president... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 4 Kitchen Remodel Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

      When your home has been on the market for more than a few months, it’s apt to become ever more difficult to sell it at a decent price. You lose negotiating power and buyers turn cool as newer residences enter the market. At this point, it’s best to seek out the potential problem and rectify... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green