Your DIY home renovation project may actually lower its value. 10 things to know before you start the work.

September 10, 2019

When it comes to misguided do-it-yourself home improvement projects, William Decker has had enough. “I’ve seen most of it, and most of it I’d like to forget,” said the owner of Decker Inspection Services, based in Skokie, who has been checking out houses for over 20 years. Homeowners wield hammers, wrenches and brushes for the […]


Self-Directed IRA Investing Doesn’t Require A Walk On The Wild Side

September 3, 2019

With a self-directed IRA, you can choose to include public investments in addition to non-traditional assets in your retirement portfolio, providing investors with greater diversification opportunities for their retirement assets. ISTOCK   When investors think of self-directed IRA accounts, they often associate these accounts with investments in alternative assets like real estate, private equity, precious metals and a host […]


Mortgage Rates Back to 2016 Territory

August 27, 2019

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.55% this week, the lowest average since November 2016, Freddie Mac reports. The lower mortgage rates are boding well for the housing market.   “The drop in mortgage rates continues to stimulate the real estate market and the economy,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Home purchase demand is […]


10 Reasons You Will Regret Buying a Home With a Swimming Pool

May 14, 2019

Buying a home with a swimming pool in the backyard will certainly score you bragging rights around the neighborhood. However, there’s much more to pool ownership than planning deckside parties and kids’ playdates. For starters, maintaining a pool is time-consuming and expensive. Plus, there are potential safety hazards to consider. We did some research and […]


5 Ways to Sell Your House Fast

May 7, 2019

Technology is moving fast. It’s shaping the way we live. Revolutionizing the way we interact and communicate. In fact, there’s little that’s been untouched by technology. Industries have been razed and new ones have been erected in their place seemingly overnight. Titans in business have collapsed and folded at the hands of technology. Blockbuster. Toys ‘R […]


5 Key Budgeting Tips For Millennials Wanting to Buy Their First Home

April 30, 2019

When it comes to buying a home, it’s important that, before you make the long-term commitment, you get your finances in order. Not too long ago, many people thought that millennials would never buy homes because of their need for experiences and not wanting to be locked down. However, according to a recent report by the National […]


4 Sources Of Capital For Your Next Deal

April 25, 2019

The first step of any real estate deal is securing financing. Any grand real estate plans you have are based on your available capital. It will directly impact the market you choose, the purchase price, repair budget and everything about your transaction. One of the most common complaints in the investing business is the inability to […]


Tips For Staying Safe When Selling Your Own Home

April 25, 2019

Selling your own home without a real estate agent can seem like an appealing option, but there are various threats homeowners need to be aware of and protect themselves against.  Familiarize yourself with the necessary steps to protect yourself while selling your own home. With the housing market heating up in many parts of the […]


Real Estate Lead Generation 101

February 17, 2016

What are the best real estate lead generation options today? Where and how can real estate agents, investors and other related industry professionals generate more leads for buying, selling and renting properties? What are some of the little known benefits, and pitfalls of common real estate lead generation channels today? Here are 12 ways for real estate […]


Technology vs. People Skills: Which Real Estate Strategies Will Win?

February 10, 2016

The real estate industry caters to independent strategies. For every investor, there is another way to go about conducting business. Some may prefer to utilize the convenience of technology while others want to maintain personal relationships. However, for one reason or another, there remains a void between these two independent strategies. Smart investors will figure […]