Flipping Houses: The Most In Demand Home Feature

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For a variety of reasons, including changing neighborhoods and rising crime rates, there remains a soaring demand for homes that feature increased security measures.

For those flipping houses, measures taken to secure a home may serve as one of the most important aspects in promoting appeal and facilitating the sale of the property. However, the addition of a security home feature may assist those placing their property on the market and real estate agents promoting said property.

It doesn’t matter who you are selling to, or even if you are attempting to lease out rental properties, enhanced security measures can make a big difference in value.

Many real estate investors have shied away from investing in these types of home improvements in the past to keep costs down and profit margins up, but they can no longer be ignored or their importance underestimated.

So whether you are renting out apartments, sprucing up your property for a quick sale, flipping houses full time or even building spec homes; enhancing security features could prove to increase the value of the property in question.

High-end properties may even benefit from the addition of a panic room or disaster shelter.

Of course, lavish home features like these are not always a viable option for the majority of homeowners. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make an effort to provide an increased sense of security. Any home can benefit from today’s new breed of advanced alarm systems that offer high tech remote monitoring. They are great selling features that can simultaneously boost value and provide its occupants the protection they deserve.

Even on a tighter budget; items like reinforced security doors, basic alarm systems, secure windows and flood lights on the exterior can make a big difference.

The installment of a secure home feature can facilitate the sale of property for real estate investors or even increase the appeal for a homeowners association. However, security measures are more than just fancy assets. If a tenant or homeowner has been subjected to theft or injury after requesting a specific home feature, and the renter neglected to provide the security measure, they could potentially sue the owner for damages.

Want to go all out? How about developing your own community with security as one of the main selling features?

Cool Home Additions To Bank On

What cool, yet unconventional, home additions can homeowners and real estate investors add for additional appeal to their property? Adding the right improvements can result in huge profits for any investor.

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Home additions and improvements are constantly a source of controversy in the real estate community. Green real estate investors and regular homeowners frequently and mistakenly believe that the improvement ideas they have will automatically add value to their properties. Unfortunately, while many of these upgrades may make the property look nicer and increase a perceived value, they do little to actually boost the price.

Many times, newbies put tons of cash into home additions that never produce a positive return. It takes extensive knowledge of the real estate industry and local home values to make the right improvements and generate a profit. Decks, additional bedrooms, new landscaping, and staging can all be good moves. But what creative additions are there to consider that may really be exciting and rewarding to work on?

Consider the following home additions for your project:

1. Pools

Done right, a swimming pool with great landscaping can be the selling feature that stands out and gets a home sold, regardless of what the rest looks like.

2. Relaxing spaces

Americans are more stressed out than ever and want their home to be a retreat where they can get away from it all. So what about a rooftop Zen garden, sauna or yoga studio?

3. Bigger home offices

Home offices have been pegged as one of the most important room additions today. However, with more individuals working from home and home schooling become a bigger trend, buyers want bigger home offices that are already for them to switch on and get to it.

7 Real Estate Moves To Make With Your Tax Refund

7 Real Estate Moves To Make With Your Tax Refund

It’s that time of the year again. Taxes are either something for you to look forward to or something you have been dreading all year. However, for those expecting to receive money back, make sure you put it to good use. Real estate investors, in particular, should consider using it for their company’s advantage. This can position any investor in a way that will help them take advantage of 2014House-Investment-2-211x300

Tax time is one of the biggest consumer spending times of the year. Many tighten their belts all year long in anticipation of a big refund check from the IRS. However, for most, putting a down payment on an expensive new car, buying a boat, or heading off to Disneyland isn’t the best financial move.

In the past, millions have blown their tax refund checks in a matter of days. Those that do may find themselves back in the red before their next set of bills reaches the mailbox. With that being said, what might be a better move to make with your ‘bonus’ from the Internal Revenue Service? Real estate investors should consider the following approaches:

1. Pay Down Debt

Paying down debt is a wise move for many. Cancelling out high rate car loans, pay day loans and credit cards could leave a lot more disposable income left on the table each week . Homeowners might be interested in putting down a chunk towards reducing the principal on their mortgage, liens affecting their home’s title, or even those still underwater – dedicating that cash to bring to the closing table.

2. Home Improvements

Homeowners planning to stay for the long run, those hoping to sell houses fast, and investors may benefit from home improvements. Each addition should improve the appeal of your property. Just make sure to do your homework and educate yourself on which types of improvements will not only yield positive results but deliver the maximum returns on the investment.

3. Get a Better Accountant

It might sound weird, but for those that didn’t get as much as they hoped for back from the tax man this year, perhaps investing in a better accountant for tax planning and filing for next year could deliver some of the best returns.

4. Fund Your IRA

If you don’t have an IRA, get one. Make sure you contribute as much as you can and convert to a ‘real estate’ or self-directed IRA, which can be used to invest for higher returns.

5. Invest in Real Estate

Even with a few thousand dollars, there are ways to invest in real estate. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how much better this can be than blowing the capital on hand. Use it to flip houses, as a down payment on an income producing rental property, to buy lots or land for long term holding either as an investment, inheritance or to build your dream home on in the future, or even partner up with someone on something larger.

6. Invest in Your Kids

Instead of simply investing in real estate, why not put it all together and set your kids up with some funds to invest in real estate for themselves. This way, they can start taking control of their financial future early.

7. More Tax Deductions

If you absolutely have to blow the money, at least do it on items which could potentially yield more tax deductions and write offs next year.

7 Real Estate Moves To Make With Your Tax Refund


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It’s that time of the year again. Taxes are either something for you to look forward to or something you have been dreading all year. However, for those expecting to receive money back, make sure you put it to good use. Real estate investors, in particular, should consider using it for their company’s advantage. This can position any investor in a way that will help them take advantage of 2014.

Tax time is one of the biggest consumer spending times of the year. Many tighten their belts all year long in anticipation of a big refund check from the IRS. However, for most, putting a down payment on an expensive new car, buying a boat, or heading off to Disneyland isn’t the best financial move.

In the past, millions have blown their tax refund checks in a matter of days. Those that do may find themselves back in the red before their next set of bills reaches the mailbox. With that being said, what might be a better move to make with your ‘bonus’ from the Internal Revenue Service? Real estate investors should consider the following approaches:

1. Pay Down Debt

Paying down debt is a wise move for many. Cancelling out high rate car loans, pay day loans and credit cards could leave a lot more disposable income left on the table each week . Homeowners might be interested in putting down a chunk towards reducing the principal on their mortgage, liens affecting their home’s title, or even those still underwater – dedicating that cash to bring to the closing table.

2. Home Improvements

Homeowners planning to stay for the long run, those hoping to sell houses fast, and investors may benefit from home improvements. Each addition should improve the appeal of your property. Just make sure to do your homework and educate yourself on which types of improvements will not only yield positive results but deliver the maximum returns on the investment.

3. Get a Better Accountant

It might sound weird, but for those that didn’t get as much as they hoped for back from the tax man this year, perhaps investing in a better accountant for tax planning and filing for next year could deliver some of the best returns.

4. Fund Your IRA

If you don’t have an IRA, get one. Make sure you contribute as much as you can and convert to a ‘real estate’ or self-directed IRA, which can be used to invest for higher returns.

5. Invest in Real Estate

Even with a few thousand dollars, there are ways to invest in real estate. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how much better this can be than blowing the capital on hand. Use it to flip houses, as a down payment on an income producing rental property, to buy lots or land for long term holding either as an investment, inheritance or to build your dream home on in the future, or even partner up with someone on something larger.

6. Invest in Your Kids

Instead of simply investing in real estate, why not put it all together and set your kids up with some funds to invest in real estate for themselves. This way, they can start taking control of their financial future early.

7. More Tax Deductions

If you absolutely have to blow the money, at least do it on items which could potentially yield more tax deductions and write offs next year.

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