201905.10
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Becoming a Real Estate Investor

In this era of HGTV, Flip or Flop, Flip This House, and my wife’s favorite – Fixer Upper . . . it is easy to under-estimate the challenges of being a first time real estate investor.     At its worst, what you are wagering is that you think you can successfully compete with more experienced property…

201905.09
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Creative Down Payments

The big news in the last few years has been that many 20 and 30 somethings have a different priority and value system when it comes to home ownership than their parents had.    Low and Behold, home ownership has moved up the Millennial priority list!  There is a shift of attitude happening statistically and the…

201905.03
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Sales Procrastination? Consider Your Timing

So you know you need to sell your home.  The reasons are many.   The alibis for procrastination are also many. Sometimes procrastination works in your favor.   Low priority things that you ignore long enough may eventually become altogether unnecessary.    How high a priority is it to sell your home? Once you find the motivation and…

201903.01
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The Opportunity Cost of Home Ownership

Some might think me crazy, being a person whose livelihood depends largely on commerce in real estate.   But it has to be acknowledged!   There is an opportunity cost to being a homeowner.  I have been a homeowner since I got out of school and found a seller crazy enough to owner finance my first home…

201901.30
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Looking for ways to SAVE MONEY on your next closing, LOOK ELSEWHERE (when it comes to TITLE INSURANCE)

Long gone are the venerable days when you hired an attorney for $1,000 and he actually visited the courthouse to search title to the property you were buying.     The closing industry has become so competitive that most settlement fees are 1/3rd to 1/2 what they were 50 years ago!   Attorneys had a monopoly in Virginia…

201901.23
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Equilibrium!

Everyone loves a close game, right!   The ratings and reviews on this past weekend’s Conference Championships in the NFL were a great example.   Both went to overtime.   Saints fans say the refs love a competitive game a little too much a refused to call a blatant pass interference foul and helmet to helmet illegal hit…

201901.17
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Fraud and the Elderly

In a perfect world, selfless children would be a daily presence in the lives of their elderly parents and family.    But whether it is a child or a neighbor, we all need to be vigilant to look out for one another.   Take time to check in on those that can no long take care of…