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Building vs. Leasing: Which is Right for Your New Business?

Selecting where to place your business plays a big role in the success and your overall profits. You’ll want a location that draws people in; for example, a shopping center is a great place for a fast food restaurant. Hungry shoppers will be drawn to the idea of a quick bite to eat. There are many choices available in terms of actual premises (meaning the building and property location).
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Why I live in Fredericksburg, Texas…

I grew up in Southern California and thought I would never move, great weather, lots to do, and had friends and family there. But after retiring in 1994, we decided that the cost of living after retirement in California was going to limit our lifestyle and mobility. So, with that, we moved to Colorado Springs, which was nice enough, but those “mild” winters quickly turned into black ice and snow piled up to the eaves of the house.

A Few Thoughts on Moving

Landed the new job. Yipee! Sold the house here and got a new place there. Wahoo! We get to pack everything, haul the boxes {imagine the sounds of tires squealing, a massive boom and shattering glass}. Yep, that's right, all the organizing, packing, lifting and carrying needs done. What's a person to do?

Real Estate Investing: Why Now’s the Time

The real estate market can best be described as the land of opportunity. Unfortunately, it’s often feast or famine for anyone who decides to invest in it. When the market is down, there aren’t that many opportunities, but these opportunities become far more plentiful for everyone involved each time there’s an upswing in market activity

Smart Homeowners Providing Opportunities For Smart Workers

In today's economy, information travels quickly. With that fast movement of news, many consumers are much more active in managing their financial situations. Nowhere is that truer than with mortgages. Whereas previous generations simply locked in a rate and made their payments for 360 months, today's homeowner expects more.

Make Your Rental Unit Stand Out and Bring in More Money

Now that rental property and multi-family mortgages are easier to obtain more people are choosing to become landlords. However, owning a rental unit is a completely different experience than owning your own home. Many people make the mistake of approaching a rental property as if it were a personal residence.

Spend Before You Sell Your Home: Yes? No? Maybe?

Selling your house to move closer to a new job or for retirement is a sure-fire way to increase your anxiety over your furnishings and the overall state of the nest you called home for all those years.

Real Estate Tax Credits and Deductions You Don’t Want to Miss

In real estate, there are a lot of expenses associated with buying and selling homes – especially if you’re an agent. Luckily, there are a number of tax write-offs that can be used to offset the cost. You just have to know what deductions and credits real estate agents can claim and how to claim them.

Make Real Estate Investing Simple When You Follow These Five Rules

Real estate investing is an attractive career idea for multiple reasons. There’s ample opportunity once the economy begins improving and jobs come back, and there is no shortage of buyers. Rental income is relatively stable if you’re successful at finding tenants, and real estate investments tend to fare better than stocks in a volatile climate. The economy is beginning to stabilize, but events around the world continually rattle investor confidence

5 Tips for Relocating Your Small Business

Whether your company is expanding or you’re nearing the end of your lease, relocating can be a lot of work on a business. Once you’ve found the new location for your office space, you must diligently come up with a plan of action for the day of the move. While you may not have thought of planning for the move, it is imperative to saving your business time and money.

Four Ways Consumers Can Save on Homeowner’s Insurance

As consumers strive to continue making a living in the ever changing economic climate the urge to find ways to cut back and save are imminent. For homeowner’s in particular, the overall cost of the mortgage and property taxes can quickly become a burden. Adding to that burden is the expense of having insurance

ICBA Provides Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

The total mortgage originations market is estimated to be around $1.2 trillion in 2015. With that in mind, the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks are on hand to help homebuyers navigate the mortgage process.

7 Tips Produce a Happier April 15 for CRE Investors

Once again tax day has rolled around, and many commercial real estate investors wonder if their tax bill was higher than necessary for 2014. For a happier April 15, 2016, tax attorney and real estate broker Mark Levine, CCIM, PhD, JD, LLM (Tax), has advice on ways commercial real estate pros – and their clients – can save money on taxes throughout 2015

Why November Is The Best Month To Sell Your Home

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 25, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Some owners hesitate to market their homes between Halloween and New Year’s Day, believing the holiday season to be an off-peak time to sell. But the idea that houses don’t sell in November and December comes from outdated historical trends

What Does It Take To Secure A Mortgage on A Second Home?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Since the credit collapse of 2008, securing a mortgage – even for a first home – has become more difficult, even for extremely well qualified buyers. The most important thing to consider is whether or not your second home is an investment property or truly a “second home.”

Cleanup Begins in Oklahoma, Price Gouging Law in Effect

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 27, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- As volunteers and charities like the Red Cross continue the daunting task of cleanup in Oklahoma after a chart topping tornado ripped through the state on May 21, Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency and executed a 1999 law designed to protect consumers from price gouging.

Independent Foreclosure Review Payments Near $1.7 Billion

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 7, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- More than 1.8 million people have cashed or deposited nearly $1.7 billion in checks related to the Independent Foreclosure Review Payment Agreement through May 2, 2013.

Status of Independent Foreclosure Review Payments

WASHINGTON, DC - April 19, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The second wave of 1.4 million checks totaling $1.2 billion was sent today to borrowers eligible for payments under the Independent Foreclosure Review Payment Agreement, bringing the total number of checks sent to date to 2.8 million worth $2.4 billion. Independent Foreclosure Review.

Housing Bubble Recovery: Will The Next 12 Months Show Signs of Life?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- There seems to be a sliver of hope for the real estate market in the U.S. According to the National Association of Realtors, median sales price in January for previously-owned homes has risen 12.3 percent annually. This is the strongest gain in over seven years and the 11th consecutive month of annual increases. Primary reasons for this gain in price are thought to be a low inventory and an inflow of investors with enough money to heat up the bidding markets. There has also been an increase in the number of traditional sales rather than foreclosures and short sales.

Returning to Your Home After Hurricane Sandy

New York, NY - November 6, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Hurricane Sandy resulted in many residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut being evacuated from their homes during the worst parts of the storm. These residents, especially those who reside in coastal areas, are now returning to homes filled with sand, water, and debris. Many others opted to ride out the storm at home and have exhausted emergency supplies, and are only now able to assess the extent of the damages to their property. Taking a calm and measured approach towards evaluating your losses will ensure that insurance claims are processed quickly and that your family can move on and rebuild as soon as possible.

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Affordable Housing Comes to U Street with the Funding of Portner...

On July 7th, the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) closed on the financing of an affordable housing development in one the District’s most sought after neighborhoods, the U Street Corridor. The Agency issued $27 million in short term DCHFA tax exempt bonds providing a portion of the funding for the acquisition of Portner Place and construction of Portner Flats (1440-1450 V Street, NW) located in Ward 1, one block west of The Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Streets, NW

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The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Net Lease Jiffy Lube Property

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant Jiffy Lube property located at 3115 South Street in Lafayette, Indiana for $910,000. The Jiffy Lube property is located at the southwest corner of the heavily trafficked signalized intersection of South Street and South Earl Avenue.