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10 Ways to Start Flipping Houses With No Money Down

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Cash is the most significant barrier to entry for most new real estate investors. Even when you borrow 80% of a home’s purchase price, that still …

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The Hartford Halts New Home Policies in California

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Connecticut-based insurer The Hartford announced it will no longer sell new home insurance policies in California, citing the “unique challenges” of the state’s home insurance market. …

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Expat Interview: What You Need to Know About Buying a Home in Italy as a Foreigner

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Imola, an EU citizen from Budapest, Hungary recently bought an apartment in the beautiful region of Liguria, Italy. She agreed to share with My Dolce Casa …

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The American Dream Revamped: Younger Generations Prioritize Homeownership Over Marriage, Kids, New Study Finds

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Move over, wedding bells and baby showers — the American dream prioritizes keys to a front door over the rest of the white picket fence life. …

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Mortgage, Financing, & Property Loan: How to Get a Loan for a Rental Property

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One of the significant advantages of investing in real estate is leverage: the ability to buy your assets with other people’s money. The property appreciates even …

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Renters Beware! These Are the Common Craigslists Rental Scams You Should Know About

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In case you weren’t aware, rental fraud is rampant in the housing market. You might be surprised to know that over 60% of renters in the …

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New Year, New Home? Tips for First-Time Buyers in 2024

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We’ve all been guilty of setting ambitious New Year’s resolutions and not seeing them through. But if 2024 is the year you want to tick “become …

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Value of owner-occupied homes in nation’s largest metros tops $23 trillion

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Discussions on expensive housing are common, but it’s difficult to appreciate the value of real estate. It’s one thing to gawk at how much a house …

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A dive into 2024 home insurance prices according to real estate & finance experts

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Almost everyone who had home insurance in 2023 ended the year paying more. Home insurance prices have increased 35% over the past two years, with the …

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The 10 house noises you shouldn’t ignore

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When I was a child and heard groans or creaks in the night, my mother would reassure me: “That’s just the house settling.” And it’s true …

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How to get a VA loan for a manufactured home

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A VA loan for a manufactured home can offer military borrowers a low-cost, accessible path to homeownership. Manufactured homes are roughly half as expensive as traditional …

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9 things you need to know about insurance & home renovations

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Renovations are exciting, but taking on a big home project isn’t always smooth sailing. Worst case scenario, your home renovation will void your home insurance policy …

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FAIR & other last resort insurers are becoming the only affordable option for homeowners insurance

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Many states have Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plans to provide home insurance to property owners who can’t find coverage in the voluntary insurance market. …

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Where does real estate fit in modern portfolio theory?

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Even as every other “sacred cow” of investing comes under question, investors keep standing by the classic 60/40 stocks/bonds portfolio. Famed for its simplicity and historical …

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Uncovering your home’s past: Find out what has happened inside the place you call home

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Have you ever wondered who else has called your house home? For owners of older homes, it can be fun to peel back the historical layers …

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Mobile home prices are rising faster than single-family home prices. Here’s where they’re the most, least expensive

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Though home prices have come down in some areas, they remain steep across the U.S. In the face of such expensive real estate, many would-be buyers …

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44% of Americans think housing market at risk of crashing in next year — and 35% hope it does

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It’s impossible to predict the housing market’s future — but most Americans have a pretty grim outlook. According to the latest LendingTree survey of over 2,000 …

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Gird your loins for winter: Nearly a third of Americans cut back or skip expenses to pay utility bills

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After a sweltering summer for many, Americans in some regions are bracing for a harsh winter. With intense temperatures, comfort may be top of mind — …

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12 hidden benefits of a high savings rate & the FIRE lifestyle

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Whenever bad economic news dominates the headlines, pundits love to declare “The FIRE movement is dead, long live the FIRE movement!” They shouted it during the …

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Where home improvement loans are most — and least — common

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An unfortunate aspect of being a homeowner is that you sometimes need to pay for home improvements. What these improvements look like and how much they …

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The tragic tale of Florida homeowners and high premiums

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Florida homeowners who can’t find coverage from standard insurers turn to Citizens Property Insurance Corp. for affordable home insurance. Florida’s state-created home insurer of last resort …

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Is an LLC for a rental property worth the hassle? Pros, cons, and costs

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One of the first questions I hear from new real estate investors is: “Should I create an LLC for rental properties, rather than owning them under …

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Revamp your home office with these pro tips

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When surveyed, more than half of all employees said they want to work from home. But not everyone has a functional home office space that is …

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Slide insurance to pick up 86K Farmers home insurance policies in Florida

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Slide Insurance, a 2-year-old insurtech startup based in Tampa, announced it has acquired renewal rights for 86,000 Florida homeowners and condo owners policies from Farmers. Farmers …

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Louisiana Fortify Homes Program reaches third round

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Louisiana homeowners who missed out on the first two rounds of the Louisiana Fortify Homes Program (LFHP) still have a chance to get up to $10,000 …

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The “lazy 1031 exchange” – Defer taxes on real estate without the hassles of a 1031

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A few years ago, I sold all of my multifamily properties as well as a few of my single-family turnkey properties. As I was getting ready …

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Attention Michigan property owners! Slip-and-fall law leaves you liable for damages

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Michigan property owners are now more legally responsible than ever for addressing hazards on their properties — no matter how obvious and avoidable a hazard might …

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10 profitable real estate investing niches you haven’t tried

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Everybody understands the business model behind flipping houses, long-term rental properties, and short-term vacation rentals. For that matter, most of us have rented a home or …

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17 passive streams of income from real estate

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In personal finance circles, people love to say that the average millionaire has seven streams of income. As far as I can tell, it’s neither a …

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Pushing down on me, pressing down on you: States where people feel under pressure to move

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Though moving on your terms can be rewarding, feeling pressure to leave your home can be stressful and difficult. This is especially true in today’s economy, …