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By Steven Kaufman Many real estate investors or properties don't qualify for a traditional loan through a bank for a variety of reasons. This is where a hard money loan comes in. It can accomplish the same job of helping investors secure funding for their next investment property. Related: Your Home Loan Journey You're probably wondering how these loans work, and,...

By Roger Odoardi When it comes to getting approval for a home mortgage loan, borrowers can either work with a mortgage broker or a bank. Either option will take you one step closer to becoming a homeowner, but they involve very different processes and result in different mortgage terms. As you get started, it's helpful to remember that whichever option you ultimately...

By Daniel Defendi Looking after your tenants is key to a successful property investment strategy. If tenants don't feel safe, they're more likely to consider moving, which could cost you considerable time and money when it comes to covering rental losses. Securing your property not only keeps existing tenants happy, but will also be an attractive selling point for...

By Joy Bender What better way to invest your money than snatching up your dream vacation home? If you think you're ready to purchase a second home, don't rush into it. Read this guide to ensure it's one of the best decisions you'll ever make in your life. Related: Top 10 Second Home Locations Buying a second home is one of those treasured rites of passage, like getting...

From startup to success as a leader in the market Name: Keith Dunham
Title:  COO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate HomeCity
Years in Real Estate: 12
Number of offices:  10
Number of agents: 320 You have quietly been building a business in Texas and we know online leads are a big part of it.  What has been happening over the last...

What are you doing to elevate your social media game? From branding your business pages to generating leads, RISMedia's latest webinar—happening Wednesday, June 20 at 3 p.m. EST—will provide best practices and social media solutions that work! With a spotlight on RISMedia's popular social scheduling service—Automated Content Engagement (ACE)—"Mastering Social...

By Amanda Light In family life, there's so much to love—the laughter, the little adventures and the days filled with play. But with that fun can come a mess—more specifically the mess that accumulates when you have less time for organizing than you'd like. Finding yourself in a home that's overflowing with stuff isn't unusual, but it can leave you feeling a little...

By Meghan Belnap When it comes to selling a home, most folks believe they can do it on their own. Whether they're trying to save money or simply want greater control over the process, these homeowners try to sell their homes without the help of a real estate agent; however, they often experience more stress than those that hire an agent. Here are four common challenges...

By Katie Kuchta Time spent on lawn maintenance can be difficult, especially for new homeowners. Some people want to do all of their lawn care by themselves, while others know that they won't have time to keep up with a larger yard. Here are the pros and cons of homeowners doing their own lawn care: Pros Spend Time Outdoors
For homeowners who love spending time...

By Meghan Belnap Packing up, getting your existing home ready for sale, finding a new house and dealing with life in general are bound to bring added stress as you prepare for a big move. One way that you can minimize tasks and keep from going bonkers is to stay ahead of the process. Preparing to sell before your listing date can make the first part of your move go...