There are several mobile apps that property flippers can use to make a real estate business run more smoothly

This is a good topic to revisit every once in a while because apps are always improving, and they’re always coming out with new ones. Thinking back even 10 years now, I don’t know how we managed without smartphones! If you’ve been wanting to leverage technology into productivity and profitability, here are some proven solutions for real estate flippers! . . .

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Selling a house means paying a number of costs, including taxes, fees and insurance and other expenses

First-time home sellers are typically in for a bit of a shock when they receive the closing statement. Yikes! It seems like everyone in town has their fingers on part of the proceeds from the sale of the home. From taxes to insurance to real estate fees, what you think you’ll get at closing is chipped away until it’s far less than what you expected. . . .

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Tax liens can be a lucrative real estate investment, but they can also hurt homeowners if not regulated effectively, resulting in unnecessary foreclosures

For good or for ill, county and municipal governments rely on property taxes to provide services to their residents. Police and fire protection and school districts all rely on homeowners’ timely payment of property taxes in order to fund their payroll and operations. And that’s where tax lien investing comes in. When a homeowner is delinquent in filing taxes, an investor sometimes comes to the county tax office and pays the tax on the homeowner’s behalf. . . .

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Installing a new bathroom faucet is an easy DIY project

Even the nicest faucets wear out in time. Give your bathroom a new look by simply changing out your sink hardware. The choices are almost limitless and the task is simple. It will take you less than an hour or two in most cases, and you’ll be amazed at how such a simple thing changes the look and feel of your bathroom. . . .

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An acrylic makeup organizer with stacked drawers keeps cosmetics organized and easy to see

When was the last time you organized your makeup collection or thought about how long you’ve had your concealer or mascara? Do you know what’s lurking within that seemingly endless bottle of foundation? Are you constantly digging through eye shadows in every color of the rainbow even though you only use a few shades? Get your cosmetic collection under control with the following tips. . . .

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This week in real estate news, USA Today reported that foreign homebuyers from multiple countries are investing in U.S. homes

International buyers are continuing to make a beeline for the American housing market. Attracted by cheaper home prices, relative economic stability and an affinity to all things American, these buyers are lapping up homes. Their interest continues to rise along with rising home values and an improving market, says USA Today. That’s probably a bright silver lining for the still-sluggish housing market. . . .

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Options are endless when it comes to decorating a bedroom for your child. Consider the space you have to work with as you craft a room for your child to enjoy. This room should be comforting and practical but also embrace your child’s individuality by employing a general theme or color scheme that appeals to them. Safety, function, and personality are all important considerations when creating a bedroom for kids. . . .

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New home construction is booming in Houston, Texas and other cities

Toward the end of each month, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development release residential construction activity statistics for the previous month. The statistics are broken down into several categories; the most heavily anticipated being the number of groundbreakings – which they refer to as “housing starts” – and the number of building permits issued. The latter is an indication of future new home construction. . . .

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Real estate investors and property flippers need to consider their margin of safety before taking on renovations

It’s been a long dry spell, but it’s looking like significant improvements are providing a better return on investment for real estate investors than they have in years. That’s good news for flippers, because that’s just one more way for a fix-and-flipper to add value. . . .

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How to tell if an air conditioning unit is working well

You’ve finally found the home of your dreams, but your adventure in homeownership has only just begun. First, you have to make sure everything, including the air conditioning, is in proper working order. Although you should always have your home professionally inspected, there are a few things you can check on your own to ensure the air conditioning unit is working well . . .

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