The Power of Passive Income: How to Free Yourself From Your 9 to 5

Passive income already sounds like a pretty good deal… It also can have a powerful impact on your quality of life! Get the 411 on passive income in this article by Ali Boone  ⎖ Do you realize how powerful passive income really is? Do you? I bet you know generally what passive income is, but have you really weighed out … Read More

A Guide to Due Diligence for Houses: Key Items Investors Shouldn’t Overlook

Due diligence is the nitty gritty part of real estate investment that is often overlooked, but only at a real estate investor’s peril. Last week I gave a brief guide to due diligence for apartments. This week I’ll focus on houses and small multi-family properties. For both, proper due diligence is absolutely vital to avoid making huge mistakes. Unfortunately, I … Read More

Is pipe repair a DIY project?

If the pipes in your home burst or if they need to be replaced, the work is probably best carried out by a professional. The effort involved in safely detaching old pipes and putting in new ones is not something the average home handyman can undertake. However, there are pipe repairs that the DIY plumber can successfully complete. Small leaks … Read More

How to Plan a Long-distance Move

Planning a Long Distance Move If you haven’t cleaned your closets in a decade, don’t panic. Perspective is everything. Think of those stacked and crammed artifacts as archaeological finds that will help reveal, and sometimes exorcise, your past. It probably isn’t the labor that’s making you apprehensive anyway, it’s the time crunch. Start laying the groundwork today to make the … Read More

Estimating Exterior Paint

The size of the house, the condition of the surfaces, the type of coating you select, and the method of application are all factors that will determine the amount of paint you need to buy. Narrow lap siding, shingles or shakes, masonry, or stucco exterior walls can take 10 to 50 percent more paint than smooth, flat walls. Airless sprayers, … Read More

10 First-time Homebuyer Mistakes

Owning a home has long been the quintessential symbol of achievement. Perhaps it has something to do with how owning property sometimes represents both the ultimate individual accomplishment and a person’s patriotic dedication to his or her country. However, even after you’ve scrimped and saved enough for a nice down payment, buying a house is not as easy as you … Read More

New 15-Year Mortgage With $0 Down Payment Debuts

Just when you thought the days of zero down-payment loans were gone forever, a nonprofit is testing a new concept to offer low-to-moderate-income home buyers the chance to secure a 15-year mortgage with little to no money down. The Wealth Building Home Loan (WBHL) creates a path to homeownership for first-time buyers, low-income buyers and those burdened by student debt but … Read More

Still Looking to Refinance? Better Act Fast

In terms of refinancing, 2014 was pretty close to a dream, with rates hovering in the vicinity of 4%. But even though this year is coming to a close, there’s still good news: Even if you haven’t refinanced yet, you haven’t missed the boat. Rates are still low and buyers can lock in some great refinance rates, but it’s smarter … Read More

5 Housing Market Predictions for 2015

A new year is about to dawn—and the outlook on the housing market is definitely brighter. After all, 2014 was the best year in the U.S. economic recovery since the recession of 2008-2009. With an accelerating economic recovery fueling job and income growth, prospects are good for homeowners and would-be home buyers. 1. Mortgage Rates Will Head Back Up The … Read More

How the Debt Snowball Method Works

When you were a kid rolling a snowball in the backyard, the best way to do it was to pack some snow into a tight ball, then start rolling it through the yard. Your snowball would become a snow boulder much quicker than it would if you just built it up by hand. That’s exactly how the debt snowball method … Read More