9 Ingredients of a Great Neighborhood, Ranked

kid playing soccer in nice neighborhood

You’ve checked out the schools and researched the crime rates. You’ve driven by your would-be future home three times to make sure the neighbors take care of their properties, there isn’t a profusion of weirdos wandering around at all hours, and there are no Pokemon Go “gyms” in the immediate vicinity. Continue reading

How to Flip a House (and How Much Money You Can Make)

fixed up house next to house in need of repairs; How to Flip a House

Ah, the house-flipping dream. Buy a run-down home, fix it up, put it on the market—and profit, big-time! Flipping may have hit its peak in the bubble years leading up to the 2007 housing market crash, but this is one dream that definitely hasn’t died. However, just because you’ve watched a lot of HGTV doesn’t mean that you know how to flip a house. Continue reading

What Is a Manufactured Home? The Next Step Beyond Mobile Homes

manufactured home next to palm tree

What is a manufactured home? You probably grew up calling them mobile homes, but the times, they are a-changin’. They’re now known as manufactured homes, and while some elements remain the same—for instance, they’re still built off-site then assembled on-site on a rectangular chassis rather than a permanent foundation—today’s manufactured homes are far more customizable and luxurious than mobile homes of the past. Continue reading

What Is a Duplex? Potentially, 2 Homes for the Price of 1

Duplex doors

Homes come in many shapes and configurations, and one type that’s popular with extended families or budding landlords is a duplex. But just what is a duplex? It’s not just one home, but two. They may be stacked one atop the other on separate floors, or they may be side by side with a shared wall. A duplex may also be called a “multifamily dwelling,” because more than one family can live in it. Continue reading

Should You Buy Your College Student a House? Pros and Cons

families, universities, dorms

It’s that bittersweet time of year again (more bitter than sweet, actually) when you can feel that summer’s days are numbered. The days are getting shorter. You’re finally getting sick to death of iced coffee. People are starting to ask about your Labor Day plans. Oh, and the shelves at Target and Wal-Mart are overflowing with school supplies—including bedding and furniture for college students to outfit their cookie-cutter dorm rooms. Continue reading

What Is an Easement, and Why You Might Have to Share Your Property

condo courtyard

What is an easement? Sure, it has the word “ease” in it, but most home buyers don’t find it easy to understand. (See what we did there?) The term often crops up after buyers have made an offer on a home that’s been accepted, at which point a title search dredges up the easement—which is essentially the legal right for someone else to use the property for a specific purpose. Continue reading