Running The Numbers For Selling Your House in Madison

Selling your house in Madison? Make sure you run the numbers so you know exactly what to expect! A traditional sale can cost a fortune whereas a direct sale won’t usually cost you anything. In this blog, we discuss the costs and timeframe you can expect when selling your house in Madison!  Many people will … Continued

9 Steps To Buying a Home

Buying a house can be quite daunting to many potential buyers.  It’s unlike any other purchase you have made, and also it is the most expensive thing you will ever buy!  So it is understandable that you might have some hesitation.  I created a video series that hopefully helps people get over some of that … Continued

A Buyer’s Guide To a Successful Walkthrough

Purchasing a new home is a very exciting, and at times a stressful process! So many details to keep track of, and at the end of the road, one of the last items to be checked off the list, is the final walkthrough. The final walkthrough is crucial for many reasons in the home buying … Continued

5 Myths About REO Foreclosure Properties

Bank-owned foreclosed properties (REO’s) dot every real estate market. Oftentimes, buyers have misconceptions about foreclosures, whether that be about the signed offer contract, or the property condition. While certain aspects of the foreclosure sale deviate from the normal sale, they usually do not vary as much as one would expect. Here are five debunked common myths … Continued

5 Common Plumbing Problems That You May Be Able To Solve Yourself

Plumbing problems! Almost all are frustrating and more often than not, come as a surprise. Many don’t know, however, that some of the most common plumbing problems can be fixed relatively easily without the need of calling in a plumber. Check out the five most common plumbing issues listed below to determine if you want … Continued

What To Consider Before Building An Addition

Building an addition onto your home is very exciting, but potentially can be an overwhelming process! Before getting started, it is a good idea to know what you’re in for and make sure you have thought through as many details as possible in order to eliminate unwanted stress. Hopefully, the guide below will help to … Continued

How School Districts Affect Home Value

Fall is in the air and a new school year is upon us! As many are focused on the new routines and changes that occur this time of year, some might wonder how the location and quality of a school district affect the value of a home. As it turns out, quite a lot! Whether … Continued

5 Qualities of a Good Real Estate Agent

Finding a good realtor can be a real challenge! With so many different practices and personalities out there, finding the right fit can seem like a daunting task. Overall, however, most people agree that they want a real estate agent who is on their side. Genuinely. Not just what appearances are, but someone who will … Continued

Some Affordable Closet Makeover Tips

The task of having and maintaining an organized closet at times can seem daunting and for many a complete impossibility! Below are a few expert tips that will hopefully help to get you going in the right direction, plus, they won’t break the bank! Organize This is the first crucial step in your closet make-over. … Continued

How To Declutter Your Home Like a Pro

With the winter months right around the corner, many of us are anticipating more time indoors. It is around this time every year that I realize that I have accumulated some, (actually, a lot), of extra stuff around the house. Below is a helpful guide to decluttering your home so that the upcoming indoor months can … Continued

What Is Net Operating Income?

Net Operating Income (NOI) is an important figure to know when purchasing income property.  It is simply gross annual rental income minus expenses (GROSS ANNUAL RENTAL INCOME – EXPENSES).  What can sometimes not be so simple is defining what qualifies as an “expense.”  Here is a list that you can use to define your expenses: … Continued

What Is Cap Rate?

To value apartment buildings, many investors use the direct capitalization technique.  While it is mainly used for commercial real estate, it can also be used on 2-4 unit properties.  The formula is this: V = NOI / R V = VALUE NOI = NET OPERATING INCOME R = CAP RATE The Capitalization Rate (Cap Rate) … Continued

What Is Cash-On-Cash Return?

When purchasing income property, there are many ways of looking at it to see if it is a good investment.  It’s probably a good idea to look at more than just one formula before deciding to purchase a property.  One formula you should at least take a look at is the Cash on Cash Return.  … Continued

3 Things That Go Wrong At Closing (And How To Avoid Them)

One of the most exciting times during the home buying process is the anticipation felt upon arriving at your final destination; the closing! Sadly, it happens all too frequently that certain things do not line up perfectly and there is the potential for angst, disappointment and ultimately the completion of the sale not going through. … Continued

5 Ways to Compromise During Your Home Search

At the initial stages of searching for a home, many people find themselves idealistic, making lists of specific details and priorities. However, as the market increasingly continues to move towards favoring sellers, many homebuyers are already finding themselves frustrated at how quickly homes are selling, and for such a high price! If you find yourself … Continued