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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

5 Necessary Expenses to Keep Your Home Safe
Written by: Marcela De Vivo  For many, owning a home is the cornerstone of providing a sense of security to your life. However, no matter where or how you live, there are countless elements, natural and human alike, that may threaten your family and property. For first-time homeowners in particular, here are some essential devices...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Professional Property Managers
All Property Management survey show professional property managers reduce rental vacancy rates nearly 40 percent 10/17/2012 by Ami SEATTLE (July 30, 2012) –  Successful investment in rental properties often depends on keeping vacancy rates low, both by minimizing tenant turnover and by quickly re-renting properties when t...

Monday, September 23, 2013

Family or Friends as Tenants
Family and friends - you can love and/or admire them BUT should they become your tenants? This is a form of "nepotism, the practice of hiring family and/or friends." It has both pros and cons and it is an area where a very large "proceed with caution" sign should be posted. You may have these thoughts about the subject of friends and...

Monday, September 23, 2013

Evading Scams
Scams are prevalent; it's a fact of life in today's world. You find them in your email, Internet, telephone calls, the mail, and even at the front door. Email is notorious for scams. You have probably spotted them in your Inbox. Most of the more obvious and ridiculous fall into your junk or spam files if you are using anti-virus prote...

Monday, September 23, 2013

Best Home Shopping Season in Almost a Decade
June Concludes Best Spring Home Shopping Season in Almost a Decade As the weather warmed up this spring, so did the national housing market, shaking off a relatively sluggish start to the year to register the highest annual rate of home value appreciation in any second quarter since 2004. The U.S. Zillow Home Value Index rose to...

Sunday, September 22, 2013

How to Save as a Renter
If you're renting, you probably know that the market is pretty tight right now. Fewer properties are available, and some particularly tough markets have seen a spate of abuses by unscrupulous landlords and brokers. But you can still save on rent and other monthly housing expenses by negotiating with your landlord and implementing some com...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Borrowing Money from Friends and Family
Borrowing from friends and family Everyone warns against lending money amongst family and friends, but sometimes it's the only recourse. Here's what to expect, and how to make a loan go smoothly. It can be unnerving when an unexpected event turns into a major expense, especially when you don't have the means to pay for it. Be...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

11 Tips to Rebuild Your Credit!
11 Tips to Rebuild Your Credit Looking for tips to build your credit? Here’s a slew of them to help you get your credit back on track. Set a date night with your credit. Think of it as your monthly check-up, or weigh in. Or add it to your to-do list when you pay your bills. Just be sure to take a few minutes each month to review you...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pets vs. Service Animals in Rentals
Landlord Study Hall: Pets vs. Service Animals in Rentals John and Laura enjoyed their first Landlord Study Hall. There was discussion on pets vs. service animals. Basically a service animal is not considered a pet in the rental world. Landlords must very careful when referring to these animals, there are strict laws protecting the right...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants
RALEIGH — The role that states should play in immigration reform has been a hot button issue across the country and here in North Carolina. Yet regardless of whether Congress comes to a consensus on a bill that would put an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, about 325,000 of those in North Carolina, on a path to citizensh...

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