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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.

How to Figure the Worth of a New Home

New York, NY - July 13, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Dottie Herman hosts “Eye On Real Estate with Dottie Herman” and she extols the virtue of being an “educated buyer.” You can’t have too much knowledge when you decide to take on the task of purchasing a new home. Not long ago, Herman, CEO of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, did an episode called “The Art of Negotiations”. She talked about three ideas that comprise “worth.” While seemingly similar, they each have very different meanings: value, cost, and price.

Kill Devil Hills Oceanfront Home Absorption Rate

Outer Banks, NC - December 19, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- For those interested in selling their Kill Devil Hills oceanfront home, right now is not a bad time to give it a try. Jumbo loans are available and there are plenty of people with down payment m...

90 Second – Red Sky Realty Group Video Introduction

North Carolina real estate brokers interested in a new direction in real estate.  Spend 90 seconds and learn more about the Outer Banks based Red Sky Realty Group.  We are planning on changing the nature of real estate through a comprehensive broker ...

Top Tips for New Landlords

New York, NY - August 10, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Building a strong relationship with a new tenant and protecting your real estate investment is of paramount importance when crafting a lease agreement. There are a multitude of considerations at this juncture that are essential to understand. Brian Davis, Vice President of EzlandlordForms.com, is a seasoned landlord and top expert on landlord-tenant relationships. Here he offers his top tips for new landlords as a helpful tool for navigating lease creation and the ongoing considerations of managing a rental property.

Robust Blue-Collar Hiring Supporting Industrial Space Demand in Phoenix, Though Rents Decline

Phoenix, AZ - May 18, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- In step with national economic growth, the outlook for the Phoenix industrial market continues to improve. Nationwide blue-collar sectors expanded by 1% over the past two quarters, the greatest six-month gain since mid-2006. Moreover, both manufacturing production and new factory orders increased for more than 21 consecutive months through March.

Tips for hiring a home remodeling contractor

February 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Home improvement can be both exciting and intimidating. Whether you’re just thinking about remodeling or ready to start, we’ll guide you all the information you need to make a smart decision on how to hire a professional home remodeling contractor and how to make your home beautiful for live with joy and happy. Find information on choosing the right re-modeler for the job using the Directory of Professional Re-modelers, avoiding contractor fraud, how to enjoy your home for a lifetime, and much more!

Countdown to National Consumer Protection Week 2011 Begins; Website and Blog Launched

Washington, DC - January 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Trade Commission has launched the website and blog for National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) 2011, to be held March 6-12. The annual event, now in its 13th year, is hosted by the FTC and nearly 30 other government agencies, consumer groups, and national organizations. The website, www.ncpw.gov, provides information about consumer rights, and promotes free resources to help consumers protect their privacy, manage credit and debt, avoid identity theft, understand mortgages, and recognize frauds and scams.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2011 Kansas Housing Conference

TOPEKA, KS - December 16, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Do you have great ideas for dynamic speakers and presentations at next year's Kansas Housing Conference August 9-11 in Wichita? If so, we want to hear from you! The Conference Steering Committee is now seeking session suggestions that offer:

Philadelphia Hosts 14th National Brownfields Conference at Pennsylvania Convention Center April 3-5, 2011

WASHINGTON D.C.- November 22, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- More than 6,000 environmental and economic development officials, finance and insurance providers, risk managers, planners, attorneys, civil engineers and students are expected to attend the U.S. EPA co-sponsored National Brownfields Conference, April 3-5, 2011, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

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GAF donates roofing to Habitat for Humanity for sixth consecutive year

The company will continue to donate roofing materials to Habitat for Humanity builds across the U.S. and Canada where GAF factory-certified contractors volunteer their roofing installation services. GAF, along with their GAF Master Elite and Certified Contractors, contributed to nearly 280 Habitat for Humanity homes as part of the 2015-2016 partnership

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The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of a McDonald’s Ground Lease

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a McDonald’s ground lease located at 6126 Hickory Flat Highway in Canton, Georgia for $1,370,000. More...