Real Estate

How To Delay Close Of Home Escrow To Gain More Time And Money

With money market interest rates so high, every day you delay closing escrow is one more day of free interest income. You could feasibly extend your escrow period so long that the extra interest income you earn pays for all your closing costs and then some. I’ve argued why buying a home with contingencies is […]

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Look For Local Economic Catalysts Before Buying A House

Local economic catalysts are important for supporting the value of your home. Therefore, before buying a house, you must look into the future as to what might affect the demand for housing in your target neighborhood. We can’t control what the Federal Reserve does with interest rates. We also can’t force the federal government to

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The Housing Affordability Problem Is Creating A Nation Of Renters

Housing affordability is at or near an all-time low and the Fed is partly to blame due to its aggressive rate hikes in such a short time frame. The Federal government is also partly to blame due to excess stimulus spending during the pandemic. However, this is not a post about who is to blame

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The Midlife Crisis House Is A Real And Growing Phenomenon

We’ve all heard of men buying midlife crisis cars to feel more alive (or make up for shortcomings). But what about buying a midlife crisis house? Have you ever thought of such an interesting phenomenon? Let’s say you’re living in a perfectly fine house that fits all your needs. It has the best layout with

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What Is Dual Agency? And Why Some Real Estate Agents Hate It

Dual agency is when a real estate agent represents both the seller and buyer. Personally, I’ve bought bought three homes using a dual agent before. I simply found each listing online, built a relationship with the listing agents, and convinced them to represent me to save on the purchase price. In the end, I believe

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The Downsides Of Paying All Cash For A House You Didn’t Think Of

Paying all cash for a house is one of the best ways to beat out your competition and get a better deal. With all cash, you don’t have to submit an offer with a financing contingency, which sellers dislike. As a result, you increase your chances of winning a bidding war at a reasonable price.

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Quantifying Pickleball’s Impact On Real Estate Prices: Mostly Negative

As an avid pickleball player and real estate investor, I thought it’d be good to go through a thought exercise on pickleball’s impact on real estate prices. More pickleball courts will appear over time given pickleball continues to be the fastest growing sport in America. Although I love pickleball, as a homeowner, I would not

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Why Zillow Is Likely Wrong Again About Its Housing Price Forecast

As a homeowner and real estate investor, I want home prices and rents to rise. Real estate is an integral part of my Fat FIRE strategy of perpetually generating six figures in passive income. So when I saw Zillow’s latest bullish housing price forecasts, I was thrilled! Zillow believes national home prices will increase by

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Real Estate Risks & Opportunities With Ben Miller, CEO Of Fundrise

In this podcast episode, I speak with Ben Miller, Co-Founder and CEO of Fundrise. We discuss the various opportunities and risks he sees for real estate and stock investors over the next 12 months. For the several years that I’ve known Ben, he has always demonstrated a more measured outlook than other CEOs and investors

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5 Ways To Overcome Emotional Attachment To Buy A New Home

Emotional attachment is dangerous when you are making a financial transaction. It can make you pay more than you should or hold on too long. Now that I’m in contract to buy a home with contingencies, I’ve been wrestling with my emotions on whether buying a new home is a good idea. Perhaps you’ve also

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