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Ready to Take Your First Steps Toward an Investment Property? Here's Help!

Ready to Take Your First Steps Toward an Investment Property? Here's Help!

Spring just seems to have a way of making things blossom; buds begin to bloom, seeds begin to grow and even many creatures bring new life into the world in springtime. In perfect coordination with spring, the real estate industry also seems to blossom during this season of renewal. As the spring home-buying season begins to heat up, it may have current homeowners looking for a way to make their ow

Setting House Rules: Tips for Landlords Renting to College Students

Setting House Rules: Tips for Landlords Renting to College Students

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, classes around the country are, without a doubt, back in session. While that means many things to many people, for landlords who lease their properties to college students, it can mean that they’re sleeping a little less peacefully at night. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. Yes, renting property to college students can be stressful, but

My Fair Landlord: What Rental Property Owners Should Know about the Fair Housing Act

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My Fair Landlord: What Rental Property Owners Should Know about the Fair Housing Act

The school year is nearly complete and summer is almost upon us, which means that many landlords or investment property owners may be preparing their rental units for new tenants. Whether you are a first-time landlord, who is just getting ready to take on that new title, or you own several rental properties, there are a few things that you need to know about being fair while you search for that pe

Can You Manage? Is it Time to Hire a Property Manager for Your Investment Properties?

Can You Manage? Is it Time to Hire a Property Manager for Your Investment Properties?

For many investment property owners, regulating their properties and tenants is not their only profession. But, when you take on the title of “landlord,” there is, unquestionably, a lot of responsibility that goes along with it. Of course, it is possible to manage an investment property on your own or with the help of another family member or friend. However, if you own more than on

Time to Invest? Questions Every First-Time Property Investor Should Ask

Time to Invest? Questions Every First-Time Property Investor Should Ask

Reasonable home prices and low interest rates make now a great time to invest in real estate. But, it is that easy to find and buy an investment property? If you’re a first-time investor, what do you need to know before you take that leap into your first investment property? Here are five questions to ask yourself (along with a little advice) before you decide to invest in a rental proper

School is Back in Session: Time for a Lesson in College-Town Real Estate Investments!

School is Back in Session: Time for a Lesson in College-Town Real Estate Investments!

Whether you enrolled for the semester or not, you probably took advantage of all the great back-to-school sales this season. So, you probably know that schools everywhere are back in session. If you’re considering investing in some real estate and know you’re ready to take on the title of “landlord,” now is the perfect time to consider snagging some prime property in a coll

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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Investing in Real Estate

You’ve received the advice before:  “You really ought to invest in some real estate.” “There’s never been a better time to invest.” Yes, it all sounds good and you have thought about it. But, you know that the market dropped in 2008, so it’s only natural that you might have a reservation or two about the idea of investing. The truth is, there are a

Legislation Proposed to Transform Troubled Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

In late October a bill was put forward by Councilman Ricky Burgess that has the potential for drastic improvement in some of Pittsburgh’s less active neighborhoods. The bill proposes the formation of a land bank that would systematically acquire and resell the thousands of vacant, tax-delinquent, and blighted (in an extreme state of neglect) properties within Pittsburgh. Homes in Need of Re

Prudential Preferred Realty Joins OwnAmerica

Pittsburgh’s Prudential Preferred Realty announced today that it has joined OwnAmerica, a national web-based, resource and training organization for real estate investors and investment specialists. The affiliation allows Prudential Preferred Realty to provide educational programs and analysis tools to real estate investors during an upswing in the residential real estate market.  New