Range Hood Filter Cleaning Do-It-Yourself

hoodRange Hood Filter Cleaning

Clean range hood filters. If you’ve never thought of doing this, you’re in for a real “treat” when you get that filter off the hood to clean it for the first time. The Family Handyman suggests simply using a degreaser from an auto parts store mixed with hot water. Let the filter sit for a few … (more…)

Enlarging Small Bathrooms

Bathroom-image-202x300A strange bit of human nature – in our homes, we probably spend the least amount of time in our bathrooms, and yet, when people look for a home to buy or rent, the bathroom is really important!
Perhaps it is the impression one thinks may be made to guests in his/her home; perhaps an owner or tenant simply wants … (more…)

Spring Cleaning and De-Cluttering the home

cleaningBiannually it is nice to give your house a deep clean.  Some call this spring cleaning. Take one Saturday every six months with your whole family, and give the whole house a proper deep clean. Some households may need more than one day and that is alright. Some families are larger than other. Appliances, windows, dusting every nook and cranny … (more…)

Refrigerator Coils – How to Clean

Refrigerator Coils

Refrigerator Coils – Easy Cleaning Method

According to a a refrigerator repairman  it a good idea to clean your your Refrigerator Coils twice a year. The refrigerator can use up to 15 percent of your home’s total power, so you want it running as efficiently as possible. Over time, the refrigerator coils get dirty and your fridge requires more juice. … (more…)

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget

country kitchen remodelA kitchen remodel is perhaps the most expensive project in a house, other than a room addition.  And financing this type of renovation is tough, especially if you are like me.  I don’t ever want to take out a loan for renovation, so I have only one choice – it has to be done in increments.  A Kitchen remodel on … (more…)

Insect Problems and preventative pest control

Insect ProblemsDeal with Insect Problems before they are a problem

Preventative pest control is a must. You should take care of any insect problems you may have because summer is their favorite time of the year. Taking care of the problem right away is always best this keeps them from laying eggs and multiplying  in your home. You probably won’t have … (more…)

Easy Gardening in St. Louis

perennial-gardenAny homeowner will admit that s/he would love to have great gardens and landscaping.  Admit it – you drive through your neighborhood and always have a bit of envy, and maybe a tiny bit of anger, over that one yard that puts every other one, including yours, to shame.  How many hours must they be spending – hours that no … (more…)

Wall Art on a Budget

contemporary-wall-artEven if you have only been a homeowner or tenant for a few years, you have no doubt purchased pictures, clocks, mirrors and other pieces of art for the walls in each room, hallway, entryway, etc. of your living space.  If you have been a long-term owner or tenant, you have probably changed your decor more than once and, with … (more…)

St. Louis Hotels – Tell Your In-Laws to stay Here

bed-300x199Home to the giant Gateway Arch, St. Louis is a center of art, outdoor recreation, sports, music and dance. The city offers museums and galleries, wineries, golf and places to hear classical music, blues and jazz. It also hosts both the St. Louis Rams football team and the Cardinals baseball team, as well as the St. Louis Zoo, Washington University … (more…)

How to Rent Real Estate in St. Louis

ID-100249604-1-300x300Property owners and savvy investors are able to rent real estate in up as well as down markets. A few proactive measures may help you avoid rental losses. Prepare yourself for emergency repair calls and tenants who pay late. According to Microsoft (MSN) Real Estate, “Tenant screening is perhaps a landlord’s most crucial task.” Perform a credit check and … (more…)

Refinance Only For a Good Reason

money-tree-10057261Ready to refinance your mortgage?  With interest rates so low over the past several years, it seems to be time to get on the “band wagon” and get a lower rate yourself, right?  Maybe so; maybe not.  Before you take this plunge,  you need to give this move some serious thought and make sure that you refinance only for a … (more…)

Five Tips for a New Landlord

rent-300x199If you have just purchased a new rental property and are now a first time landlord, you may have a lot of questions and doubts in your mind about how to go about it. What to do first, what not to do, what has to be done and so forth. These feelings of apprehension will be there and they are … (more…)

Wooden Fence and Deck Maintenance for the Winter Season

deck-300x178There are very few parts of the house that are as exposed to the weather as the deck and the fences. They see and silently bear rains, hot summers and even snowfall. Proper deck maintenance, especially those that are completely made of wood is imperative as it is not just ungainly to look at but also a health and safety … (more…)

How to Buy the Best Real Estate Property for Investment

property-300x283Investing in real estate carries a certain amount of risk; and just like any investment that carries a risk, there are also equitable returns to go with it. There are also time constraints that you will have to consider when making an investment so big. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind before purchasing a piece … (more…)

Save Money on Property Insurance – Every Year

save-money-199x300Property insurance has always been something of a ‘better have it and not need it than need it and not have it kind of deal’. A house or rental property is one of the biggest investments that you will make and proper insurance cover is imperative. How much insurance should you have and what kind of insurances will you need? … (more…)

Five Things that Affect Property Value

Joor-300x300Property value is something that is known to swing to high as well as dangerously low rates based on how the real estate market is performing. There are however, a lot of things that do not change in the way they affect rental rates. Here are five- three positive and two not so positive things that can affect your property … (more…)

Boiler Maintenance – A Short Guide

boiler-300x199Boiler maintenance is something that should be done without fail as it can be very inconvenient and expensive to repair and service when something major goes wrong. Even if it does not come down to a sputtering halt one day, a boiler that is not running in its optimal working condition will be expensive to run. It will be using … (more…)

Is Buying an Investment Property a Good Idea

property-investment-300x198You may be planning on buying a property hoping that it offers good returns, but there are various factors that are to be taken into consideration so you can determine whether or not the property offers the desired returns. Yes, real estate investments do offer decent returns in the long haul, but then again, some real estate markets are volatile, … (more…)

Seven Ways to Protect Your Valuable Property

property-300x198A house is normally the most important as well as valuable investment that you may make in your lifetime. Apart from just money value, there is a lot of sentimental value that is inherent in a home that you build and design from scratch. That is because, every thing inside it was hand picked by either you or with help … (more…)

Tips for Landlords on Electrical Maintenance

electrical-300x204If you don’t think electrical maintenance should be done regularly, a study published by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) in 2013 will surely change your mind. It was found that has found that there have been over 47,700 home fires in 2011 caused by electrical malfunctions resulting in over 400 deaths and over $1.3 billion in damages that year … (more…)

A General Guide to Investment Property Refinancing

refinancing-300x199Property refinancing is simply paying off an existing mortgage loan with another loan that has more favorable terms of repayment. Most mortgages last many years and in those years, a lot of things can change – market conditions, the general rate of interest, the economy on the whole, or even the real estate market and prices. If you have a … (more…)

Three Simple Steps to Paying Your Property Taxes on Time

tax1-300x199Property taxes are collected by the government in every state. It is a state collected tax and is different for not just every state but also depending on which part of the state your property sits on. There is no fixed amount that the local governments use to calculate the tax amounts, but the methodology is the value of the … (more…)

Eight Ways to Lower your Real Estate Taxes

offfice-tax-300x225Property values have increased this year, and with rising property value, there will be a hike in real estate taxes. There are, however many ways to work around the taxes and reduce them. Any way to lower taxes are welcome, so here are eight ways to reduce your real estate taxes.

  1. Be aware of all the rules– Real estate
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Rental or Investment Property?

rental-300x225One of the best ways in which you can invest your savings for long term returns, without the fuss of too much paperwork and comparatively less risk, is real estate. The avenues for real estate investment or putting money in investment property are numerous. The most common are rental properties and general investment properties. There are many advantages to owning … (more…)

Raising Capital: Self Directed IRAs

iras-300x199Sometimes it may be difficult to find funds to funnel into a good investment that can give life long returns. Retirement plans and the money that you set aside every month can be directed towards this. It is possible to fund your plans on a solid investment like a rental property. They are called self directed IRAs.

What are self

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Avoid These Mistakes When Buying Real Estate With a Self-Directed IRA

real-estate-ira-300x191Investors in real estate can enjoy several tax advantages when making purchases with self-directed IRAs. However, there are rules and regulations that cause investors to make mistakes and in turn leave them facing significant penalties and taxes.

Any property purchased through an investor’s self-directed IRA should be maintained through the same account. All the property-related funds must be debited or … (more…)

How to Buy the Best Real Estate for Investment

best-real-estate-300x300Investment in real estate requires a lot of research before you purchase a home or property. Over the past half a century or so, real estate investment has increased dramatically as it offers significant gains from purchasing and owning properties. However, real estate investment is much more complex than investing in bonds and stocks.

Purchase of properties for the purpose … (more…)

Raising Capital: Private Party Funding

private-funding-199x300Private party funding is one of the easiest ways to raise capital for investment in real estate. Private funds are usually formed using either companies with limited liabilities or limited partnership businesses. Creating a private fund will provide a way to make the most of a dedicated capital pool to make new investments in real estate without the need to … (more…)

Real Estate Tips You Need to Know

real-estate-tips-300x249If you’re looking to invest in real estate, there are a few things that you should always keep in mind, starting with your financing options. Find a reliable mortgage broker or bank by asking for recommendations from experienced real estate dealers. It is better to acquire the mortgage before starting to search for property.

Real estate is all about location. … (more…)

Is the World of Real Estate Investing Right for You?

real-estate-300x199There are numerous avenues through which you can invest your money and the safest of them are the 401K savings as they simple, have tax benefits and are a sure thing when you retire. Investing your savings to get a little more income is also a wise thing to do and the most popular two are the markets and real … (more…)