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 …

The Advantages Of Starting A Home Business

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The ultimate question is whether you want to start a business and/or work from home. If you answer YES, then starting a business or working from home has several advantages. It is no small wonder that almost 70% of business startups are begun in the home of the owner/founder. Employees are also starting to work from home. Sites like Upwork …

Beyond The Sale Price: Additional Costs To Expect When Buying Or Selling A Home

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For most people, purchasing (and selling) a house is the largest financial transaction they will make. The purchase/selling price is the lion’s share of the transaction. While the prospect of buying or selling a home for hundreds of thousands of dollars is daunting enough… there are additional costs that come with buying or selling a home. Below we discuss the …

First-Time Home Buyers: Financing Programs You Might Not Know About

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Spring and summer are the busiest seasons in the real estate market. On any given weekend, driving around the Triangle you will see numerous “Open House” signs scattered on the shoulders of tree-lined streets. People who are actively seeking to purchase properties might do an impromptu visit to an open house on the way home from Sunday brunch, you know, …

First Time Homeowners: Tips For All Seasons

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Your first home is a major milestone, and big congratulations are in order! Not only is real estate a great investment… You are now the master of your own domain. But that also means you can’t call your landlord should anything go wrong. And the regular upkeep and maintenance of the property now falls to you. Don’t be caught off …

Aesthetics Vs. Valuation? 10 Home Improvement Projects To Consider

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Anyone who has purchased a house, condo or investment property can remember walking into a few prospective places and thinking about changes that needed to be made. Definitely the backsplash tile over the kitchen sink has to go… The color combination in the living room just doesn’t work… The kitchen needs an entire upgrade… And maybe you should knock down …

Re-Evaluating Your Investment Property

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BUY. HOLD. SELL. These are three things every investment property owner should have on their minds on a regular basis. A seasoned investment property owner might consider these options once or twice a year. Moreover, they are always keeping an eye on market conditions, cash flow, return on investment, tax incentives, their overall portfolio and future cash needs. Below we …

Airbnb: Does The New Kid On The Block Present An Investment Opportunity?

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Historically, residential investment properties consisted of three types: long term rentals, vacation rentals, and flipping a house. But there’s a new kid on the block, and its name is Airbnb. A 2008 start-up company based out of California, Airbnb hosts a website and app that are user-friendly both for homeowners to advertise on and customers to search for short-term rentals. …

Investment Property: Flip… Or Buy And Hold?

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Most Americans would agree that buying property is a sound investment. Many of us dream about our very own weekend country house sitting on several acres, or perhaps a top floor downtown condo with stunning views of the city. In fact, home ownership in America is almost 65%. However, investing in property is a whole different ball game, and the …