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7 05, 2018

Houses With Solar Panels Sell For Up To 40% More Than Predicted

By |2018-05-07T13:00:27+00:00May 7th, 2018|Categories: Curb Appeal, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investment, Investment Properties, Investments|Tags: , |0 Comments

If you're in the house-flipping business, you should know that people are willing to pay a lot more for a house with solar panels. Actually, first-time home buyers pay up to 40 percent more than predicted for entry-level homes with solar panels. Most of this stems from millennials yearning for greener amenities. They know that solar panels will save money in the long run. They find it advantageous not to have to have them installed. If they're ready to go when they move in, their energy bills go down right away. In sunny states, many homeowners can even sell off

21 04, 2018

Need A Fast Growing Shade Tree For Your Rental Property?

By |2018-04-21T19:49:01+00:00April 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Improvements, Investment Properties, Leasing Your Property|Tags: , |0 Comments

If you maintain rental properties, knowing which trees grow well and quickly can help increase the value of the property faster. Plus, a little planning can help lower the time you invest in property maintenance. The paper birch is one of the most beautiful and fastest growing shade trees you can plant in North Carolina. It doesn't require watering unless there is a serious drought. It also needs no special care. Plus, people find them intriguing and children love them. Winged elm trees grow extremely fast and only require watering during times of drought. It also has a distinctive look

6 04, 2018

2018 North Carolina Building Code

By |2018-04-06T21:17:13+00:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: Construction Loans, Hard Money, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investment Properties, New Construction, New Home Development, Remodeling Tips|Tags: |0 Comments

The Building Code Council adopted the 2018 North Carolina Building Code at its quarterly meeting in June, 2017.  The 2018 North Carolina Building Code (Except Electrical) will go into effect no later than July, 2018, according to the state's website.  At that point, we'll see a minimum six month over lap where either the 2012 NC Code or the 2018 NC Code is acceptable. So, when is the new code fully active? According to the state's website, on January 1, 2019, the new code becomes the requirement. Meanwhile, the 2018 Electrical Code went into effect this month. "The Base Documents

27 02, 2018

Most Common Problems Identified On A Home Inspection

By |2018-02-27T13:14:11+00:00February 27th, 2018|Categories: Flipping, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investing, Investment, Investment Properties, Investments, Rehab Loans|Tags: , |0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what the most common problems found by home inspectors are? Most problems are relatively easy to fix. So, don't let these be deal breakers if you find an otherwise good investment. Faulty wiring is common, but not usually a costly problem for an electrician. Often they find open junction boxes or wires without wire nuts. Easy fixes. Water on ceilings often terrify purchasers, but if it's caused by faulty plumbing, the repairs can be no big deal. Inspectors commonly find poor drainage causing basement leaks. That's not always hard to fix either. Bad gutters cause a

23 02, 2018

Don’t Ever Skip The Inspection On An Investment Property

By |2018-02-23T13:46:17+00:00February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Flipping, Foreclosures, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investing, Investment, Investment Properties, Investments|Tags: |0 Comments

A home inspection fee starts at around $400 and goes up from there. A quality home inspection is critical, unless you are professionally trained to recognize even hidden damage in a structure. Sometimes you can't see roof damage, outdated electrical system issues, or a hidden water leak. These issues can become very expensive, very quickly. They can be costly, even if you are skilled at DIY home repair. A home inspector looks for proper grading away from the structure, leaks from the septic field, damage to exterior structures and landscaping issues. The inspector checks railings on stairs, notices if downspout

20 02, 2018

New To House Flipping? Spend An Hour With A Professional Interior Designer

By |2018-02-20T16:19:39+00:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investing, Investment, Remodeling Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

If you're new to house flipping, paying for a consultation with an interior designer might be a good investment. Typically, an hourly fee for a consultation from an interior designer is less than $100. In that hour, a designer will throw out a bunch of suggestions for changes they might make to a home you intend to flip. They have lots of ideas. Though they won't be able to design and implement the changes to your investment property in just one hour, the advice they provide during the consultation can help you get started on your own. They may suggest

17 02, 2018

Is There A Difference Between Drywall And Sheetrock?

By |2018-02-17T20:16:58+00:00February 17th, 2018|Categories: Construction Loans, Flipping, Foreclosures, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investing, Investment Properties|Tags: , |0 Comments

Sheetrock is simply the brand name of an incredibly popular drywall product. Drywall, a panel made of gypsum plaster sandwiched between thick paper, has many vendors. Though people will call all sorts of drywall, "Sheetrock," only drywall from U.S. Gypsum Company is actually allowed to market drywall as under the name Sheetrock. So, even if the drywall is from Titan Commercial Products, Allied Manufacturing, or National Gypsum Company, people are likely going to call it, "Sheetrock."  Sheetrock was one of the first drywall products and is so popular that its name seems virtually interchangeable with drywall. Think about how often

12 02, 2018

If You Don’t Have 100% Of The Funds, Don’t Start A Real Estate Project

By |2018-02-12T03:43:12+00:00February 12th, 2018|Categories: Construction Loans, Flipping, Foreclosures, Hard Money, Hard Money Loans, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investing, Investment, Investment Properties, Rehab Loans|Tags: , , |0 Comments

If you don't have all the funds you will need for your real estate project, be that flipping a house or renovating a potential rental property, don't take that risk. That's a gamble that could end up with you in a really bad situation. If you want to start a real estate project, be sure to start with more debt or more funds than you think you will need. That's right, always starts with a loan for more than what you think you will need to complete the project. See, it's easier to get initial funding than subsequent funding. If

7 02, 2018

Clever Way To Find A Good Tradesman For Jobs You Don’t Want To Handle

By |2018-02-07T17:42:08+00:00February 7th, 2018|Categories: Flipping, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investment Properties, New Construction|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Tired of skewed social media reviews leading you to unskilled skilled tradesman? Let's face it, people have friends and family more than willing to give skilled tradesmen and other contractors stellar reviews. Here's one way to get the real scoop on skilled tradesmen like plumbers, HVAC technicians, and electricians. Go to where they buy their materials. Good Skilled Tradesmen Rarely Only Shop The Big Box Stores It's true. Though skilled tradesmen often have to stop by big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot, they generally buy their materials from local suppliers. They go to these suppliers because they usually

3 02, 2018

Tips For Exposing An Internal Brick Beneath Plaster And Laths

By |2018-02-03T16:58:49+00:00February 3rd, 2018|Categories: Flipping, Foreclosures, Home Improvements, Investment Properties, Remodeling Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Some house flippers remove plaster and lath walls to expose the gorgeous, vintage brick beneath. Here's the truth though: It's often easier to remove plaster and lath walls than it is to repair them. So, if lovely brick is hidden by old, damaged plaster and lath walls, the choice is obvious. Exposing the brick will save money on materials and plenty of time. Framing old walls that have settled and shifted is a pain. Taping, mudding and painting just adds extensive man hours to a house flipping project. Costs involved in removing plaster and lath walls pretty much only include