The New House – Year One

So we bought a house a year ago almost to the date. Actually we bought it about a year and a month ago, but the painter that we hired took a month to paint it.  And a year later, I’m still shaking my head as to exactly why it would take ANYONE a month to paint the inside of a 2200 square foot house – say nothing about being an actual painter. I digress.

The first year admittedly has been a bit of work in. Sure, everything was unpacked the first week – which actually IS better than a lot of people do – but it takes more than unpacking a bunch of stuff to get moved in. We packed and moved light. A lot of the stuff we had was on the oldish side. Having cats across those years – and a bunch of them – had been one too friendly to the furniture. Scratches and claw marks here and there added up over 10 years or more in some circumstances. So it was time to start fresh.

While we did do a lot of preliminary shopping and collecting of new furniture for the house ahead of time, there were (and still are) things that we can use that would fit better.  We were able to hold down costs considerably when we moved in by going to local auctions.  While some may shake their head at the idea of actually buying anything but new furniture from the local furniture showroom, my fiancee and I are both fond of antique furniture.  We were able to find a lot of solid wood furniture that would literally cost thousands if it could even be found today.  A single piece that we got for the dining room would easily run in the several thousand dollar range. Compared to so much of the consumer grade furniture these days, these kinds of pieces are solid wood, and solid period!

We ended up having to replace a well pump, replace a lot of the plumbing under the house, carpets, finished out a 2 car garage (handily adding an additional 500 sf heated area to our home which now serves as my office). And yes, we went ahead and added a pool. We had talked about it and to me, that was going to give us the home that we really wanted. An acre and a half, nice yard, fenced backyard, 24′ pool, great enclosed porch area as well as a raised veranda area – that is absolutely perfect for plants – even an herb garden.

Modifications for this year? A fairly comprehensive landscaping and outdoor treatment. 4 small vegetable garden areas – maybe 600 square feet worth of veggies. Currently, I’m busy creating some new raised garden beds around the new berry bushes – a couple blackberry bushes, a raspberry bush and 3 blueberry bushes.  Add that to the 2 pear trees, teh plum tree and even a couple of fig trees.

It takes a while to get into a house and make it a home – but we are on to year two now.  Home improvements – ENGAGE!

Getting The Most Out Of Your Real Estate Investments

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There are a lot of things you can invest in, from stocks to bonds to gold. However, after you do some research, you are likely to find that one of the best investments you can make over the long term is a real estate investment. Real estate can be a challenging, exciting, and fun way of investing. Investing in real estate can make you a good amount of money; here are some suggestions that will help to do that.

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Real estate investing can be a fun and lucrative activity.

Speak with a real estate expert to help you with your plan and see whether or not there are holes in your strategy. This will help you to get a good idea of where you stand and what you need to do to accomplish your goals. They may tear the plan apart and give you an alternative plan instead. Another key thing is to find a local real estate expert that specializes in the specific area in which you are interested in investing. Click here to see any example of an excellent local real estate agent in Clayton, NC.

Make sure that you set realistic goals based on the budget that you have. You should not set a goal to buy ten houses in the span of a month if you only have a hundred thousand dollars to your name. Set reasonable expectations to avoid setbacks at all costs. Unreasonable expectations will only frustrate you and potentially cause you to make bad decisions.

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Hire a professional inspector to look over the property.

Make sure you have a budget when you invest in real estate that includes how much you’re going to have to pay to fix the home you’re buying up. You don’t want to blow all of your money on getting real estate just to find out that you can’t afford to fix it up. Many people often fail to budget correctly for repairs, especially when flipping properties. Always assume things are going to cost a lot more than you most honest expectations as many unseen things often arise. This is a good place to over plan when it comes to budgeting.

When you are investing in real estate, make sure not to get emotionally attached. You are strictly trying to turn the most profit possible so try to put all your efforts into the renovation of the home that you purchase and maximizing value in the future. This will help you to make the most profit. Do not fall in love with a property only to have it burn you later. Try to stand back and look at the property as strictly an investment opportunity.

Think long-term when investing in real estate. While some investors seek to make quick turnovers by buying cheap and flipping within weeks or months, your better bet is a longer view. Look for safe properties where you can park a big sum of money and get investment return via monthly income like rent. This is the long game but can be much safer and quit lucrative over time.

If you’re going to want to do some home projects on your property, then you need to make sure you know what you’re doing. When home improvements are done wrong, it could really make your real estate drop in value. It may just be best to hire someone that knows how to fix the problems the property has. People looking to flip properties often under estimate the time and cost involved with doing repairs themselves. This can cause major problems so it is often advised to have a budget and team of professionals ready to make repairs.

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Try not to get emotionally attached to a property.

Hire a professional inspector to come out and see the property you’re thinking of putting your money into. You may think that you can just look over the property on your own to find problems, but if you’re not trained you may miss some things. When problems are found, you should make sure to get some money off of the property or have the owner fix it for you. This is probably the most important thing you can do and this step can really help you see past any rose colored lens you may be using to view the property. An inspector will give you the good, bad, and the ugly on the potential property and it is advisable to listen to his or her input.

Real estate investing can make you a lot of money if you do it right. Do not be scared to give it a try. Just be realistic with your time and money and soon you can be reaping the rewards.