Home as Investment

June 27, 2024

Unique challenges and considerations when purchasing a home on a large lot.

So, you’re considering making the leap from a traditional single-family home to a larger property with more land? It’s an exciting step, but there are some key differences and nuances to be aware of. 

 

The Financial Landscape

One of the biggest differences when buying a large home on ...

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June 13, 2024

More people should own a second property. Start here.

Thinking about acquiring an additional property can feel daunting, especially if it is your first time doing it. But with the proper knowledge and guidance, you can make this dream a reality. Let’s break down some key points to help you get started.

 

Financial Readiness

First things first, you ...

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June 7, 2024

What changes are being proposed to property taxes in Texas?

Property taxes are a hot-button issue that impacts everyone in Texas, from homeowners to business owners. While not the most exciting topic, staying informed about the ongoing debates and proposals that could affect your wallet is essential. Here’s a breakdown of the current landscape and what’s being proposed.

 

Governor ...

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May 30, 2024

The biggest regrets homeowners have about their house.

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement and overlook critical details when purchasing a home. Many home buyers end up with regrets about their purchase. Here are the top ten regrets that home buyers often face after making one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives ...

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May 21, 2024

Investor secrets to owning profitable short-term rentals.

Investing in vacation rentals has become attractive for many real estate investors as short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO grew in popularity. However, like any investment, it requires careful planning and consideration. Whether you’re looking to diversify your investment portfolio or seeking a new income stream, here’s an overview ...

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May 13, 2024

Interior Designer Secrets: Easy changes to immediately improve the design of your home!

Many homeowners feel overwhelmed when it comes to upgrading their homes’ design. They see beautifully curated homes online and strive to replicate that aesthetic, often with mixed results. However, enhancing your home’s design doesn’t require a complete overhaul. Sometimes, the simplest changes can transform your space from good to great ...

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May 8, 2024

How to handle conflicting reports on interest rates.

Recent speculation around interest rate cuts and their impact on mortgage rates can confuse potential homebuyers. With differing expert opinions and the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) actions—or lack thereof—buyers don’t know what to think.

 

The Current Landscape of Interest Rate Predictions

Dr. Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist for the National ...

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May 1, 2024

Working around the supposed “Best Week” to sell.

There’s a “Best of” everything. Apparently some publications argue that there is also a “Best” week to sell a home. This idea is rooted in statistics that suggest this period offers optimal conditions for listing a property, but relying on averages and generalizations alone can lead to misconceptions. In North ...

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April 29, 2024

The good and bad side of rising property values.

Property values rising in recent years in Dallas-Fort Worth is a double-edged sword for homeowners. The obvious benefit of added equity in your home also comes with the headache of increased property tax valuations. While prices can only increase by so much each year for homeowners with their homestead exemption ...

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April 25, 2024

Educating yourself on the effects of school vouchers in residential real estate.

One of the hot topics in the education conversation is the concept of school vouchers. This system is often controversial due to its far-reaching implications, and it warrants a deeper understanding, especially when it comes to how it affects the real estate market.

 

School vouchers are essentially government-funded programs ...

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