How to Lose the Management Headaches & Invest More Passively in Real Estate

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If you’re low on time or just tired of dealing with the nonsense that comes with investing in buy & hold real estate, how can you make things more passive?

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Luxury House Hacking: How to Have Your Cash Flow, Equity Appreciation—and Live for (Almost) Free, Too

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For me, luxury house hacking produces the same income but with much less headache than owning a multifamily—all while providing a high-end lifestyle.

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How Much Money Do You Really Need to Invest in Real Estate?

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In the history of the world, perhaps nothing has killed more real estate ambitions than the belief that one does not have enough money to get started.

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The 13 Tell-Tale Traits of a Scammy Real Estate Investment Guru

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Don’t get caught up in some scammy scammer’s scams—learn the traits of the fraudulent real estate guru here before you pay anything to anyone!

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Game of Homes: 9 Lessons of Wealth & Real Estate from Game of Thrones

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Who’d have thought you could learn so much about wealth and real estate from Game of Thrones? Here are 9 personal finance lessons to take from the show!

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Staging: More Money, Fewer Days on Market, Report Shows

To many real estate pros, home staging has gone from a luxury to a necessity. The National Association of REALTORS® found in a recent survey that sixty-two percent of sellers’ agents believe staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market, and a third say it increases the selling price.

staging thumbnailThe survey also found that staging can help buyers envision themselves living in that home. NAR’s Home Staging Report found that another 77 percent say that staging makes it easier for the buyers to visualize the property as their home. Staging can help transform a home into the type of residence that is demanded and desired in the market.

Some staging services that can be useful include photoshoot styling services. This involves prepping and photographing staged living areas to be featured in an online listing. This staging service is attractive because many home buyers are beginning their home search online and a nicely designed home can draw a buyer to the open house. Independent of how the market is, a staged home has a move-in ready feel and buyers will pay for it.

Of course, these benefits don’t come free. Staging services can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on the home’s condition, desired outcomes, size, and where it is and whether it is occupied or vacant. But home staging doesn’t have to involve a complete makeover. As NAR’s 2017 Profile of Home Staging shows, there are really three rooms one should consider staging: living room, kitchen, and the master bedroom.

Home buyers decide within eight seconds of seeing a home whether they like a home or not, according to the Real Estate Staging Association. That first impression can be long lasting. To help you learn more about the topic, we spoke with an NAR researcher and a Chicago-area stager and report on what they say. Access the video.