Real estate

Working With a Real Estate Pro When Buying a Home

October 19, 2010

So, you’ve decided to buy a home—or at least to start looking for the deal of the century. With bargain home prices and mortgage rates at all-time lows, it’s certainly a great time to snap up something affordable. Unless you buy a FSBO, you’ll probably end up working with a real estate salesperson. FSBO means […]

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Weekly Recap: Are You Relocating for a Job?

July 16, 2010
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I have recently been searching the web for a new job that is more flexible than my current 9-5 in the office.  I have been working in finance for 10 years and I love it.  But, now that I have started my own online based business I need some more flexibility in my day job.  […]

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Realtors Should Rent

April 19, 2010

Did that get some attention? I hope so. The conclusion that realtors should rent comes directly out of urban economics, an understudied and ignored branch of modern economics. But while it is a cute fact you’d expect to see in Freakonomics– it wasn’t there. I wanted to take some time to explain this counterintuitive fact, […]

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Interest Rates Soar

April 15, 2010

As our country seeks financial progression, higher interest rates are inevitable. In case you weren’t aware, we’re already experiencing some drastic increases. According to mortgage company, Freddie Mac, the fixed average mortgage rate is now 5.21 percent… after being 5.08 percent last week! So if you’re looking into buying a place, it might make sense […]

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Taking Care of Business

March 30, 2010

Hello Folks, If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that we’ve been working on closing on another property in the district. Well last night we sold our stock to raise the down payment funds. The closing date is April 13th, but we wanted to have the funds in cash so there won’t be worries […]

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Investing In REITs

March 26, 2010

Its trite and tired, but if you want to invest in real estate and don’t want to deal with directly managing your property, then your best option is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). If you feel your portfolio could use some exposure to real estate, here is a quickie from Kiplinger to get you […]

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Are You Sure You Want to Invest In Real Estate?

March 18, 2010

Since we’ve been in the process of buying an investment property, it occurs to me that not everyone realizes the difference between getting an investment and buying a home for yourself. Also, sometimes it seems like new real estate investors often fail to appreciate the complexities and hassles involved in owning property. In a nutshell, […]

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Real Estate, the DC Market and Why You Need An Inspector

March 15, 2010

Hello Folks, Its a soggy Monday here in the district. For today’s posting I wanted to update you all on our progress in buying our second investment property. Over the past couple of weeks we submitted an offer and got the financing nailed down and we are now moving into the final stages of closing […]

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Update on DINKs Real Estate

March 11, 2010

Hey Folks, So, last week we mentioned that we were buying another investment apartment in DC. Well, after some going back and forth between the agents involved, ourselves and the seller, we eventually settled on a price of $182,000. The deal isn’t closed yet. In fact there are several things that still need to be […]

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