DIY Budget Backsplash Ideas

Pop some style into your kitchen with a custom backsplash. Here is a collection of unique backsplash ideas along with preparation tips. Create a backsplash that won’t break your budget but will likely make your kitchen the envy of everyone who sees it. Painted Backsplashes Possibly one of the cheapest backsplash designs possible requires little…

Easy DIY: Installing a Medicine Cabinet

A medicine cabinet is a low-cost option to create extra space in your bathroom. Modern medicine cabinets come in a large selection of types and styles sure to complement your home décor. Always use the hardware included with your new medicine cabinet. Also, read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before installing your new cabinet. If your…

Real Estate Recovery Slumps; Investors Head to Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Attracts Investors Grand Rapids, Mich., is experiencing a resurgence in the home market and attracting investors with deep pockets from outside the state. According to Realtor® Josh DeLong, his hedge fund clients have millions to splurge, and he is buying up apartment buildings and single-family homes for his clients. DeLong has bought some 20 properties…

14 Rules for House-Flipping Success

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this column over the last two years, so let’s catch our breath and review some principles of successful property flipping. Here’s a review: 1. Don’t let anyone tell you that flipping properties is either illegal or unethical. It is neither. Flippers simply provide a ready market to help motivated…

Bringing Back Midcentury Modern Décor

Midcentury modern Architecture and décor was predominant from the 1930s to the 1960s, and we’re seeing a widespread resurgence again today due to the appeal of open floor plans and sleek interior design. The décor associated with this era is iconic. Nothing prior even slightly resembled its unique design elements. New materials such as metals…

Buying a Home After Bankruptcy

Types of Bankruptcy Americans can undergo several types of bankruptcy proceedings, but the two most common are known as Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy wipes out all of your debt (with a few exceptions) while filing a Chapter 13 obligates you to pay back your debts over a period of three…

Special Insurance Considerations for Vacant Properties

Much as we’d all love to sell a flipped property within a week of putting it on the market, we all know it doesn’t always happen that way. Indeed, it probably shouldn’t: A big part of the engine that drives flipping profits – at least in the flippin insider way of thinking, is to find…

Are You a Literary Lush? How to Organize Your Personal Library

Organizing book collections often requires daunting decisions. How to decide which books to keep? What if you want to read a favorite again, pass a recommendation along to a friend, or remember concepts within the pages for reference? Consider the following ideas to help with the decisions as you get your book collection right-sized and…

Home Sales are Down, but Spring Brings Hope to the Housing Market

Single-Family Home Sales Drop The housing market continues to have its ups and downs. While the industry celebrates positive numbers, the negative sales figures often bring about disappointment. Last month, sales of U.S. family homes dropped to the lowest in eight months. According to the Commerce Department, new home sales tumbled 14.5 percent to a…

The Best Mobile Apps for Flippers

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…