A Guide to Buying your First Rental Property and Becoming a Landlord

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When you are buying your first rental property and becoming a landlord, there is lots to learn. How do I find tenants? What should I charge for rent? Should I update the places to get more rent? How do I tell the tenants they are late on rent? I have read a lot about how you have rule with an iron fist to keep your tenants in line. Our philosophy is much more laid back, and it has worked out well for us. Every property is different, but this was our experience. Our first real estate in...

Finding your Maximum House Price

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When someone decides to buy a house, one of the first tasks is to talk to a lender and determine the maximum loan they can get. The max loan will determine the cap on real estate prices for that the buyer. There’s lots of calculators out there that will help determine this. But what if you want to have a certain payment per month and you want to know what the max house price would be for that payment? For example, you are renting at $800 per month right now, and you could deal with ...

Selling your Home: Making your Home Accessible and a Pleasant Showing Experience

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Selling your Home: Making your Home Accessible and a Pleasant Showing Experience A lot of people ask for advice on how to sell their homes. There is the standard good advice... You can hire a professional stager to make your home be on the level of a model home. You can retile you bathroom or install granite in your kitchen to have a little more upgrades than the one down the street for sale. You can do all kinds of things on the level of presentation. One thing I think most people overlo...

Run The Numbers Before Buying an Investment Property

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People talk about running the numbers before buying an investment property, but what are the numbers and how do you get accurate numbers? Running the wrong numbers can make the difference of making $500 or losing $1000 per month. In this article we will go through the costs and factors to consider to make your investments successful. RENTAL INCOME Rental income is not as straight-forward as it seems. Sometimes properties are under-rented and sometimes properties are over-rented, so b...

Wine Country Homes for Sale – Simplify your Search!

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California wine country living just got one-step closer for prospective homebuyers in Napa Valley and Sonoma County! Whether you are looking for a weekend retreat cottage in Napa, a luxury Mediterranean estate with vineyards in Sonoma, or a hip loft in the ever increasingly popular community of Healdsburg, we can now offer you assistance with your home search. At the request of our North Bay and San Francisco Bay Area clients, we have just updated our Marin MLS search capabilities to n...

Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve in Richland Washington

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For those who love the beauty of the outdoors and outdoor natural attractions, Richland Washington, situated in the Tri-Cities area near the famous Columbia River, offers tourists as well as the city’s lucky real estate owners the opportunity to enjoy many natural wonders, including the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve, the Hanford Reach (including the renowned Hanford Reach National Monument), the Yakima River delta, and the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve. The Badger Mountain Centennial P...

101 Things to do at the Beach - Orange Beach that is!

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101 Things to do at the Beach - Orange Beach and Gulf Shores that is! A list of things you must try when visiting the Alabama Gulf Coast - http://www.gulfshores.com/photos-fun/101-things-beach/ So you are beginning to wonder just what it looks like on an Alabama Beach - check out Brent Burns "Down in Paradise" video and you'll figure out how Jimmy Buffett got so laid back!

Marin Home Designers Showcase

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What do you get when you combine thirty of the best interior design and landscape design professionals under one roof?    If you live in Marin County, California, you get a 6,500 square foot residence which showcases some of the most talented home designers in the San Francisco Bay Area. The annual 2007 Marin Designers Showcase is a fund raising event to benefit the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.     This years event will feature the works...

Prudential California Realty and it's Bay Area roots........

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Prudential California Realty certainly has an interesting history, which is directly connected to the Bay Area. The history dates back to 1887, when Prudential California Realty was founded by Joseph Mason, who was later joined by Duncan Mcduffie, hence the name Mason-Mcduffie which was the original parent company. There is an interesting connection between Duncan Mcduffie and the Bay Area, because Mcduffie was a real estate developer who is responsible for the St. Francis Wood residenti...

MRIS Allows SOLD Listings in IDX

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In their Quarterly Brokers' Update, Volume 3 September 2007, MRIS announced the ability for Brokers to display all and agents to display their own Sold Listings from the RETS data feed on their websites. There are a few rules as I will transcribe the full announcement: "Listings Available for Display on Broker Web Sites We all know that the Internet has changed the way we do business Information that once was only available through printed MLS books is now widely available to the p...