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By Brooke Chaplan As a homeowner, there are many things that you need to be concerned with. One of the biggest things is ensuring that you don't do anything that'll decrease the overall value of your home. Rust can be a big enemy of homeowners, especially in that it'll make areas of your property break down easier and lose value. Related: Home Improvement Ideas...

By Michael Tobias Energy bills are among the highest expenses for tenants, especially if the local climate demands plenty of air conditioning or space heating. Energy efficiency measures provide a marketing advantage in the real estate industry, since the prospect of paying less for electricity and gas can attract tenants. Also, developers who invest in energy conservation...

By Brentnie Daggett Being a homeowner is a considerable responsibility, and likely one of the largest investments you'll make in your life. In order to protect your investment, you need to proactively care for your property, which means taking the correct steps to prevent problems from happening or quickly resolve issues when they do arise. Related: 5 Signs Your...

By Wendy Dessler Are you in the process of renovating your home? Often, major upgrades can get quite expensive if you aren't paying attention, so if you're on a tight budget, consider focusing on saving money while renovating. Related: NAR Report: These Are the Top Home Improvements For example, if you plan to upgrade your kitchen, it may be better to purchase...

Homeowners and REALTORS® alike want new roofs and kitchens. According to the 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, released by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the two projects rank as the most popular home improvement projects among both demographics. The report, which examines homeowners' reasons for completing the projects ranked, also provides the costs...

As with any career, your own personal safety and the safety of your clients should always be top of mind. And although REALTOR® Safety Month may have just ended, security in your role as an agent should be a year-round goal. Related: Helping REALTORS® Maximize Safety, Minimize Risk There are new tech products that can assist you in your pursuit of...

By Neil Walter Many investors today wonder if they should wait for the market to fall before investing in real estate—but is this the best investment strategy?  Related: 4 Top Modern Methods of Investing in Real Estate In my opinion, waiting for the market to correct before buying is not the most strategic approach to real estate investing. Why? Because timing...

By Meghan Belnap Condo living is wonderful for many reasons. Most places have a variety of amenities and luxury features like swimming pools and marble countertops. Some people find they love living in a condo while others miss the privacy of a single-family home. One of the best ways to find out if this lifestyle works for you is to rent for a year and immerse yourself...

The average homebuyer spends countless hours online looking at listings, views more than four homes, attends approximately two open houses and typically makes two offers on a home. However, according to a recent Zillow analysis, one of the most important things they overlook when shopping around is trying to find the best mortgage rate. Related: 6 Questions to Ask...

By Meghan Belnap When the air turns from steamy and sizzling to a crisp chill, it's essential that you close down and store your pool as winter calls for some special annual attention. In warmer climates with fairly mild winters, some owners can get away with closing their pools for the season without a full breakdown—even pools in notoriously colder regions...