First Time Managing Your Own Rental Property? Avoid These 7 Rookie Mistakes

It seems pretty easy. You buy a property, make sure the appliances work, slap on some paint and boom—you’re in business.  The thing is… being a landlord IS a business. Just as you’d approach your day job like a professional, you should approach renting to tenants like one. But everyone is a new landlord at some point, and mistakes are …

The Pros & Cons of Renting to College Students

A college town means college students. Which means young people who need a place to live. If you own rental property near a college, it’s only natural to explore the possibilities of meeting their demand with your supply. It can be an excellent business move. But it helps to know what to expect when you rent to students and how …

Remote Ready: Tips to Work and School from Home

With the crisis of COVID-19, a lot of people have suddenly been forced to work from home. And their kids are being schooled from home. But it’s temporary, right? We hope! Depends how you define “temporary.” Tech giants like Facebook and Google are allowing many to work from home through the end of 2020. Global Workplace Analytics estimates a whopping …

Real Estate Investment for Beginners

You’ve saved some cash and you’re ready to take the plunge… you want to invest in real estate. Now what? Start with your goals. Would you rather put in a lot of work over a short amount of time for a quick profit? You might want to buy and flip a single-family home. Or do you want to invest longer …

How to Determine the Right Price Point When Listing Your Home

If you are considering placing your home for sale, what steps should you follow to determine what the right price point should be? There are several factors that are part of the equation and you need to research these factors thoroughly. A trusted and experienced real estate agent will do much of this work for you but as the homeowner, …

Preparing Your Home for a Sale – What’s On Your To-Do List?

When thoughts turn to selling your home, your mind races with questions. Probably the first thing you think about is where to start. There’s clutter that needs to be removed, gutters look shabby, should I clean my carpets, what about a fresh coat of paint, the yard is a mess… well, maybe I’ll just stay where I am…sound familiar? Preparation …

Having the Advantage When Selling Your Home in Winter

Traditionally, selling a house is left for the warmer months but there are some advantages to throwing the routine out the window. With a few specific tweaks here and there, you can woo prospective buyers into your home during the winter and get them to sign on the dotted line. It’s all about making the most of what you have …

Renting My Home vs. Selling My Home

If you own your current home, you may be ready to upgrade to a larger home to support your growing family. Maybe you are ready to downsize because your children have grown and now your nest is empty. The question is, what do you do with your current home? Should you sell it or does renting it make more sense? …

Jolene Johnson: Bringing Balance To The Real Estate Buying And Selling Process

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Fearlessness.  Flexibility.  Focus. These are but a few of the qualities Jolene Johnson brings to Gaskill Reality. And they’re not just words… This is how she lives her life.  Combining yoga with being a real estate agent is classic “quid pro quo”—Latin meaning something given, something gained… A win/win situation.  Jolene’s clients are guaranteed to receive her best effort and …

Breaking Your Rental Agreement: What You Need To Know

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A person who is their own lawyer… has a fool for a client. ~Proverb We are all engaged in some type of contractually binding agreement. We enter into agreements for utilities, our mobile devices, cable, insurance, data… and the list goes on. We get charged late fees, early termination fees and processing fees (whatever those are). All written in the …