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“I Thought the Housing Bubble Already Burst…”

“I Thought the Housing Bubble Already Burst…” The housing bubble was said to “burst” in 2008. And, that was the case for most states; however, there are a string of states that are just now experiencing the effects. This means that foreclosures are actually on the rise, rather than on the decline, in some states.…

Craigslist Scam Advice for Landlords and Rental Managers / Owners. What You Don't Know Very Well May Hurt You…

Craigslist can be a great resource for finding a rental home, but unfortunately can be double edged sword. Tenants should be cautious and aware that the site is littered with scam ads, drawings people in advertising notoriously low rental rates. A few of our own ads have fallen victim as scammers will pull the information from our property and…

NC Landlord's Risk…Reduced?

NC Landlord’s Risk…Reduced? Along with decision making, inevitably comes risk and uncertainty. In deciding whether to rent out your property or not, you have to decide whether you are willing to take a few chances. Will your house be damaged by the tenants? Will someone want to rent your property for the amount you feel…

To Rent or To Buy: That is the [Age-Old] Question

According to Forbes Magazine, mortgage rates are continuing to rise. The past two months of rising rates has started to worry potential home owners, making them re-evaluate their pending purchase. While there has been an overall sense of renewed faith in the housing market since 2007, the question remains: to rent or buy? Truly, each…

2nd Quarter North Carolina Rental Market Outlook… Why All that Glitters is not Gold in Rental Investing

The past year in single family rental housing has been an interesting one to say the least.  Things technically haven’t changed much, but it does seem as though the market is being shuffled around more than ever.  Multi-family on the other hand is undergoing much more subtle but still important shifts.  In this letter I…

Who is Section 8 Really Affecting?

You. Why is it that well intending government programs always seem to take casualties with them? Section 8 is a governmental program that sets out to help families in need by giving qualified families rental vouchers. However, the impact of the voucher doesn’t stop with the benefitting family. You, the Real Estate Investor. You, the…

Anatomy of a real estate rental investment in Raleigh NC. MoveZen purchases a large residential rental house in Downtown Raleigh NC. Join us from start to finish and see how it plays out in real-time.

Anatomy of a real estate rental investment in Raleigh NC.  MoveZen purchases a large residential rental house in Downtown Raleigh NC.  Join us from start to finish and see how it plays out in real-time. For this program we are going to breakdown and analyze a purely investment realty purchase for our followers’ entertainment, and…

Top 10 Issues to consider before buying a new home in this hot housing market… Part 1 – Payments

Top 10 Issues to consider before buying a new home in this hot housing market… Part 1 1. Payment: Do not base most of your decision on what you can afford to pay. Why? How does payment relate to housing? First, let me say that I feel 30 year mortgages should not exist. It’s a…

Rental Housing Market, Property Investments, and You.

Is housing now an attractive investment? Now, that is a question that requires a lot of thought. If you casually explore the housing market you will find the following: mortgage rates are at historic lows, prices have declined, and alternative investments are paying low returns making them essentially negative.  On the opposing side, there is…

City of Wilmington NC Moving Forward with Monkey Junction Annex

Unconstitutional or not, nine areas across the state, including Monkey Junction and two areas in Southport, won’t be annexed into city limits. Property owners in the Monkey Junction area used an anti-annexation petition to prevent attempts last year. However, Judge Shannon Joseph sided with Wilmington and other cities that sued the state over the new…