Category Archives: Real Estate

5 Legal Issues Home Sellers Should be Aware Of

A seller reviewing legal issues with his or her attorney.

If you are working hard to get your home ready to sell, this may be a good time to take a break and learn about a few of the legal issues that await you. The process of selling a home presents you, the seller, with one legal issue after another that must be addressed and resolved. If you fail to do so, you could lose a buyer or, even worse, end up being sued for damages.

That last part about a lawsuit probably got your attention, but keep in mind that most homeowners get through the process of selling a home without a lawsuit or disgruntled buyer. It all depends on taking the time to recognize and fulfill your legal obligations as a seller while also ensuring that your rights are protected.

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7 Tips for Selling a Rental Property

A real estate agent selling a rental property to a middle aged couple.

There are many reasons why people decide to sell their property. One of the most common ones is, of course, profit, or the lack of it. You might have spotted a chance in the market to profit by selling your property, or you have simply realized that renting it will not bring you the kind of profit you’re looking for, so you naturally decide to sell it. Nevertheless, there are many other reasons why people opt for this decision.

Selling a rental property is an exciting adventure, but you need to do it right. This is precisely why our Realty Executives team has decided to share some valuable tips for selling a rental property, so let’s get into it.

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What It Takes to Enter the Real Estate Industry as a Commercial Developer

Two men looking at the commercial development plans being thought out.

Real estate is a general industry with many career opportunities. As a commercial real estate developer, you may find job stability and many lucrative opportunities. However, you will need to put in the time and dedication it takes to reach the top. This brief guide will help you better understand what it takes to become a real estate developer.

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RESPA- What Should You Know Before Buying a House?

A blue book with "RESPA" on the cover.

The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) was enacted in 1975. The federal statute was introduced to stop malpractice and restrict the usage of escrow accounts in the real estate settlement process.

Who regulates RESPA?

Once RESPA became effective in 1975, it was under the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) jurisdiction. Ever since its inception, the Act has undergone several amendments and changes. However, after 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau monitored RESPA due to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection legislation.

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8 Upgrades to Avoid When Selling Your Home

A kitchen blueprint with tile samples and measuring tools on it, a upgrade to avoid.

Buying a home is exciting. It can also be nerve-wracking, complicated, risky, and keep you awake at night. The same can be said about selling your home. Both are important decisions that can potentially change your life.

Buying or selling a home requires a lot of preparation. We recommend that you research and consult a professional realtor to streamline the process. Additionally, use all the information available and look at other people’s experiences in selling their homes so you can avoid common mistakes. For example, many homeowners decide to do some remodeling prior to listing their home on the market. While this can improve your chances of sale at the best price point, there are some upgrades to avoid when selling your home.

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10 Questions to Determine if You Need a Property Management Firm

A property manager reviewing documents with owners.

Being a landlord is more than just owning a property. There are a vast number of tasks and responsibilities that come along with it and balancing them all can be stressful.

Fortunately, there are options you can explore to lighten the load and maintain a healthy, sustainable relationship with your tenants.

One of the easiest ways to reduce the managerial load of being a landlord is to hire a property management firm. But knowing when to utilize one can be tricky. How do you know when you need help? Asking yourself these 10 questions will help you ‌determine whether a property management firm is your best option. 

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Green Design and the Market for Commercial Office Space

A shared work space, one of the ways that a commercial office can be greener.

By 2030, emissions from commercial buildings will rise by 1.8%. What are commercial construction companies doing to reduce this figure, and how is it affecting the market for commercial office space?

The commercial office real estate sector took a hit following the pandemic. Is the emergence of green design a potential aid in the sector’s resurgence? Keep reading about green design and its effect on the commercial office market.

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First Time Landlord? Here’s How to Rent Out Your Property

A first time landlord completing a rental agreement with clients.

Renting a property out may seem like a relatively simple task, but for first timers, there’s a lot to learn.

That said, once you have a clear understanding of what’s involved, it’s a matter of working through the steps to best ensure that you attract great tenants, and everyone can have a positive experience.

Here are the critical steps to take to rent out your property for the first time.

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Thinking of Starting a Vacation Rental Business?

A couple entering their vacation rental for the summer.

A vacation rental can be a great way to bring in money with minimal effort. Whether you’re looking for a side hustle or preparing passive income streams for retirement, you want to plan carefully when setting up this business model. Advanced planning will pave the path to success. These resources can help you get started on the right foot.

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How to Use Video to Sell Your House

A person showing us how to make a video to sell your home.

Have you decided to sell your house? If that’s the case, one of the first things you’ll need to do is make sure it’s ready to sell. This means making any necessary repairs and doing a little bit of staging. But don’t forget about one of the most important aspects of selling: marketing your home. Using videos is a great way to do this. In this post, we’ll give you a few tips on how to use videos to sell your house. Keep reading to learn more!

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