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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …