How Much Should You Spend on Rent?

You’ve probably heard the old rule: You shouldn’t spend more than 30% of your income on housing.  In today’s economy, that number can be hard to hit. But there are things you can do to make it easier. In trying to keep your rent below that threshold, here are some important numbers to keep in mind when working on your monthly budget. Rent and Lower Income The less money you earn, the bigger the... Continue reading
Quicken Second Home

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Second Home

Buying a second home can be an emotional or practical decision—and often, it’s a bit of both.  You may take an annual vacation with family or friends and decide it’s time to have a permanent place to stay. Perhaps you’re looking for a new income stream from a rental property. Or, you have a parent who is financially strapped and needs to sell their home, but wants to live in it until they pass.... Continue reading
Quicken Investment Property Loans

Investment Property Loans: Everything You Need to Know

Investing in real estate requires capital, whether you’re buying a vacation condo to rent out, a single-family home for leasing, or a multi-story apartment building. Rental property loans can provide the capital you need, but they’re not exactly the same as conventional home mortgages. It’s important to understand the nuances of these loans before you sign on the dotted line.  Why Use an... Continue reading
Quicken First Rental Property

40 Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property

Buying rental property can be a great way to earn income—whether you’re purchasing a condo, a single family home, an apartment building, or a number of properties to diversify your rental portfolio. Today, individual investors own more than 47% of rental units in America, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies’ America’s Rental Housing Report. But rental property investments can... Continue reading
Quicken Property Management

Property Management Software: 6 Features Experts Want

If you’re a property manager, chances are your job requires you to juggle a lot of different tasks at once. Collecting rent, scheduling and managing repairs, maintaining a budget, posting and updating vacancy listings, keeping track of important legal documents—these are just a few of the many moving parts you have to stay on top of every day.  Whether you manage a single unit or multiple... Continue reading
Top Tips for New Homeowners to Manage Utilities Expenses

Top Tips for New Homeowners to Manage Utilities Expenses

You dreamed for years of owning your own home, and now you’ve finally done it. You saved the down payment and qualified for a mortgage with terms you can handle. But if you move in right before the deepest cold of winter or the peak of summer, you might be in for a surprise. Utilities cost a lot more for a house than for an apartment. Here are some ways to cut back on energy bills. Continue reading
Budgeting Tools for Starting a Property Management Business

Budgeting Tools For Managing A Property Management Business

Getting into property management can be a complicated business. But you can make the work a lot easier with the right tools, says financial expert Sean Stein Smith, CPA, member of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission and CGMA of Bergenfield, New Jersey. Continue reading
Personal Finance Strategies: Buying Your First Home

Personal Finance Strategies: Buying Your First Home

Preparing to buy your first home is exciting, and while you’ll need to give some serious thought to making the leap from renter to owner, that initial planning pays off big time when it comes to your financial health. When you’re planning to buy your first home, use these tips to maintain your finances after closing the deal. Continue reading
Roadmap to Buying a Home [Infographic]

Roadmap to Buying a Home [Infographic]

Roadmap to Buying a Home: Buying the home you've always dreamed of doesn't happen with a snap of your fingers. There are several steps on the path to finding oyur perfect home - do you know the roadmap? Continue reading
Rent or Own your Home [Infographic]

Rent or Own: Find Your Perfect Type of Home [Infographic]

Should you rent or own? Start by comparing the pros and cons. Understanding both options can help put you on the path toward discovering the best type of home for you. Continue reading

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