How Do North Carolina Counties Assess Property Taxes? How To Appeal If Yours Increase

To be a property owner is to be a taxpayer. Once you become a homeowner, of course, you’ll never need to question whether you’ll get a tax bill. You’ll just need to know how much you’ll owe! And that all depends on where you live.  How Property Taxes Are Determined in North Carolina In North Carolina, county tax offices send …

9 Rental Property Scams to Look Out For and How To Avoid Them

In the news again in 2022 is an old trick that keeps tripping people up: rental property scams. “On the tenant side, police say the scam usually involves having to pay the deposit without seeing the property while the supposed owner says they’ll mail you the keys. Spoiler alert—the keys never come, and the tenant is out the money for …

Looking for a New Home? Here Are the ABCs of Financing it

Buying a home can feel like putting a puzzle together — finding the right neighborhood, the best house for your family, a price that fits in your budget. If one of the pieces doesn’t quite feel right, the others don’t seem to fit either. And when all those pieces do come together, there’s still the matter of financing. Today, a buyer …

Active Real Estate Investing – New Construction or a Fixer Upper?

Is 2022 your year to start investing in real estate? Maybe you’ve toyed with the idea in the past but never felt the time was right. Or you haven’t known enough about real estate investment to take the dive. If you’ve started looking into it, you’ve likely already figured out that there are a lot of options out there. For …

Housing Market Predictions for 2022 – Here’s What You Need to Know

As we kick off a new year, we’re coming out of one that witnessed the housing market on fire. Demand raced past supply and drove prices higher and higher in a seller’s market where buyers competed like crazy for a limited number of available new homes. Industry insiders say the housing market will cool a bit in 2022, but there’s …

2022 Decorator Trends Hail Back to the Classics… and Sustainable Design

Whether you’re preparing to sell your home or looking to spruce it up a bit after making the switch to working from home, you’ll be interested in what designers are saying about what’s trending for 2022. The 2020 pandemic impacted everyone in different ways, of course, but suffice it to say, many of us spent more time in our homes …

Airbnb Is Here To Stay – How To Decide If It’s a Worthwhile Investment Risk

This is an update to our “Airbnb: Does The New Kid On The Block Present An Investment Opportunity?” posted in March, 2019. The year was 2007. Three air mattresses and the promise of breakfast turned an apartment into a weekend rental, and Airbnb was born. Nearly 15 years later, in more than 190 countries and 81,000 cities, the short-term rental …

How Do You Know If It’s Time To Remodel Your Rental Property?

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Outdated fixtures. Monthly phone calls from tenants about broken-down appliances and other repairs. Carpet that’s getting close to the seven-year mark with pet-owning tenants most of that time. How do you know if these things are signs that it’s time to remodel your rental property? Whether you’re a new or experienced landlord, it may be easy to tell when the …

Need Pet-Friendly Rental Housing? Here Are 5 Simple Tips for Finding the Best Fit

“Pet ownership has increased 20% since 1988.” By 2021, two thirds of all American homes have come to include pets, and nearly all of those pet owners consider their animals part of the family. In 2019, Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report found that nearly half of the families who are renting homes own pets, and confirming the wider trend, …

Home Inspections — The Pros and Cons

In a seller’s market, when it’s easier to sell a home than to buy one, it can be tempting to get caught up in the moment and do whatever you can to beat out the competition for the home you’ve been waiting to buy. You may have heard that one way to get ahead on the list of buyers is …