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4 Ways to Know When to Buy or Sell a Property

4 Ways to know when to buy or sell a property

It doesn’t matter if you are a professional renovator or a young couple about to purchase their first home, buying or selling a property is a big deal. Aside from the financial investment, generally people are emotionally attached to their properties. Whether you are in the market for a new house or feeling ready to sell off an investment property, it is all about timing. So how do you know when the time is right? Read on for some ideas on how to spot the opportune moment! 1. The market is favorable If you are already planning on buying or selling and there are no urgent factors affecting your decision, be sure to do your research. While this may seem obvious, a favorable market can be more difficult to take advantage of than you expect. There are many factors to consider: do you have to sell your existing property and look to purchase at the same time; is location a key contributor to market forces; and are you buying and/or selling in suburbs that take advantage of these forces? Do you understand the current market in depth and how it will affect your position? Of course, a reliable real estate ...

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Rental Property Adventures

Multiplex for commercial and residential use.

For those of you interested in becoming landlords, I thought I’d share some progress and problems from our latest rental property adventures. It’s not all roses and monthly checks, but rental property can be very worthwhile if you have the stomach for it. Four Units For the Price of Three When we purchased our latest property, we tried to imagine it as buy three units get one free. The fourth unit was unfinished and about as livable as a bomb shelter.We got a deal on the property, but it needed lots of work to achieve full potential. The property came with two buildings, each divided into two apartments. There were three finished apartments that were rented when we took ownership.  Now, we are working to make that fourth unit a nice two bedroom apartment. If you can imagine a 760 sq ft open space with cement walls, a dirty half bath, and no duct work whatsoever, that’s our place! It needs everything; walls, flooring, a functional bathroom, closets, lighting, windows, doors, a whole kitchen with appliances. It’s a huge project. We are two weeks into an estimated six week time line. (I’m betting closer to 12 weeks, but we’ll see). It’s expensive and ...

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Buying a FourPlex

buying a fourplex as an investment property

It’s no secret that I like real estate. I think owning investment property is a great way to build wealth and create semi-passive income. You get to enjoy growing equity and increasing property value over time, all while someone else pays the mortgage. What’s not to like? Well, plenty. We made a bad decision in trying to flip a house a couple of years ago, and had a huge repair bill on one of our rentals this year, which negated any profits.  Still, we are in this for the long haul, and like something out of a HGTV episode, we recently found a deal and bought a fourplex! Here is the story. Not A Good Realtor To Be Found As you might remember, Jim and I have looked at a few potential rentals over the past year, or rather, I look and he says, “OK” as he does not share my love of the hunt. Anyway, after the bad flip deal, I was a bit sour on our realtor and decided to find someone new. The problem was that they all sucked. I thought I had a good one who actually showed me a  few properties at the end of ...

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Housing Prices in Southwest Colorado

House on 3 acres for $290,000

  Since real estate is one of my favorite topics, I couldn’t miss the chance to add my two cents along with some other recent blog posts about how much house you can get for $150,000, $250,000, or $1 million. Make sure to check out these other areas if you missed them. Portland: Frugal Portland New York: Broke and Beautiful Life Denver: Shop My Closet Project Silicon Valley: Don’t Quit Your Day Job New Jersey: Red Debted Stepchild Central Indiana: Club Thrifty Aukland: NZ Muse Guatemala: Reach Financial Independence Colorado Housing Prices Southwest Colorado is a bargain in my opinion. That’s one reason why we live here. It’s rural, so if you’re looking for big city excitement, it’s no where to be found. You can, however, enjoy an outdoor paradise with mountain or desert terrain. Take your pick or do both on the same day if you’d like! With the money we save by living here, we can take a weekend road trip to the city when we feel the need. Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City are all less than 8 hours away, and we can be in LA in 12 hours. Colorado is all over ...

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Deciding Not To Pay Off My Mortgage Early: Don’t Look a Gift Horse In the Mouth

should you invest or pay off the mortgage

This is a guest post from Sov at Break 50. Enjoy! Wouldn’t it be great if I paid off the mortgage? Remove those shackles – no more ball and chain – I could sit in the garden with a beer, no more worries – Financial Freedom – whoopee! These were my initial thoughts back in 2006 when I set out my Road to Financial Freedom. I got very excited by the on-line mortgage repayment calculators – look how much I’d save by paying the mortgage off early! ‘Mortgage-free’ became my first big goal I became obsessed. It took over my life. I cut expenditure wherever possible, focused on increasing my salary and bonuses, and stashed away any excess cash. She’s forgiven me now but I didn’t even tell my lovely wife about the secret mission. It’s amazing what you can achieve if you have a dream (mine is Financial Freedom) and a decent goal (ie. pay off the mortgage). It took me just over 5 years to save enough money to pay off the mortgage – wow, did I really do that? But was the ‘pay it off’ question really that straight forward? Unfortunately nothing in life is quite that ...

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