Author: Brian Boucher

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The best alternative investments right now

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  The last two years or so could drive anyone invested in the stock market to distraction. When the reality of Covid-19 hit in February of …

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Raleigh real estate: ‘If we are in a recession, it’s hard to tell’

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  If Raleigh had a report card showing the strength of its housing market, job prospects, quality of life, educational opportunities, and amenities, it would be …

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This is the #1 long-term risk for real estate investing

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  Real estate investing is a tough business. Stiff competition for deals, complicated legal and financing procedures, and the risks of problem renters have always meant …

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Could a home office actually lower your home value?

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  The working from home revolution that arrived with the pandemic appears to be here to stay  — just as the pandemic itself sometimes appears to …

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Why real estate investors & homebuyers think Memphis is pretty rock ‘n’ roll

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Home to three Fortune 500 companies, one King of rock ‘n’ roll, and the largest pork barbecue-cooking competition in the world, Memphis is also coming into …

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Why homeowners in this state are facing an insurance crisis

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  Florida has generated reams of feverish headlines lately for controversies about the teaching of sex and gender issues in public schools, and whether the Disney …

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Does a cash-out refi make sense for your real estate investments?

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  The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has climbed two full percentage points since the beginning of the year, from 3.27 percent to close …

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Do you really save money when utilities are included in rent?

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  Property owners have the opportunity, in most cities, to decide whether they want to include utilities in their tenants’ rent. While it may simplify matters …

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Is this eco-friendly home upgrade worth it?

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  When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, one of the biggest culprits is the personal automobile. But the carbon footprint of real estate is a …

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The surprising reason real estate investors are flocking to this risky Florida city

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  Tampa has a plethora of nicknames. Some call it Big Guava, a riff on the Big Apple and the Florida city’s abundant guava tree. Smokers …

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This Texas city is giving Chicago a run for its money

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Anyone who is interested in American cities, or the South, or real estate, or just great places to live, ought to be watching the sprawling Dallas–Fort …

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How to figure out what your rental property is really worth

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  There are four primary methods a real estate investor or agent can use to evaluate the potential value of a rental property. No one method is …

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The hidden costs of investing in rental property

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Before buying rental properties, it’s essential for investors to know what maintenance and repair costs they will face. Without realistic expectations of expenses, an investor planning …

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Why real estate investors should pay attention to this Midwestern city

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The capital of Indiana, a city of two million, affords its residents many of the things people could want anywhere: good schools, a thriving downtown and …

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Real estate investing is bigger & better in this Texas city

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Whether it’s fried okra or contemporary art, a night at the opera or a day at the Texas Motor Speedway, anyone shopping for a place to …

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Are you a business owner? Don’t forget about this tax deduction

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  Real estate investing can complicate tax returns, so it’s important to know all the possible deductions a property owner can take to maximize the return …

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31 tax deductions real estate investors need to know about

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Owning rental property has its share of challenges, but there are some serious tax advantages that can make it worthwhile. Surprisingly, some owners fail to take …

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The sun isn’t setting on these Florida beach real estate booms

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St. Petersburg has the well-deserved name as the Sunshine City for its 361 sunny days a year, and it’s only about 30 minutes across Tampa Bay …

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How foreclosures & FBI probes changed single-family real estate investing

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Today, single-family residential real estate is a multi-billion-dollar, national industry. But as recently as a decade ago, almost no one had heard of SFR. The market …

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Whales, tacos and sports, oh my! Why real estate is booming in this Texas city

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Some cities grow too fast, their mystique attracting people in such numbers that their most appealing features are ruined by gentrification. Twenty years ago, residents of …

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Why are home prices soaring in this hippie oasis?

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  Austin’s reputation for bohemian living was cemented among the indie-film set by Richard Linklater’s “Slacker,” a cult classic set in the city and shot for …

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Rents are soaring in Orlando & it’s not just Disney World’s fault

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  “Where will I go on my mission?” sings the young Elder Price in the smash hit Broadway musical “Book of Mormon.” It’s the most important …

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This common real estate ‘rule’ doesn’t really work anymore

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One longstanding guideline for property investors that has been the subject of countless articles is “the 1 percent rule in real estate.” It’s a quick and …

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What is a portfolio loan & who qualifies?

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A portfolio loan is a loan that a bank issues to a borrower and, instead of reselling it on the secondary market as is customary with …

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This investment option can help you hedge against inflation

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  Legendary investor Warren Buffett has words of wisdom for anyone trying to get the most out of a long-term investment strategy. Diversification, he likes to …

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Millennials & fintech are flocking to Charlotte. Here’s why

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  At the end of 2020, data from Realtor.com pegged Charlotte, North Carolina as number three among the hottest markets for 2021, and that prediction has been …

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House hacking: How to start investing in real estate

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For many wanting to buy a house, raising the down payment and covering the closing costs can be barriers to entry. While investing in a single-family …