12 Brilliant Ways To Keep Your Baltimore Apartment (or Home) Cool Without Air Conditioning!

June 1, 2016

Let’s face it: It’s hot out, and it’s only going to get warmer as summer goes on. While it’s tempting to crank the AC or plant yourself in front of the nearest fan, these aren’t the only tricks to keeping cool. It turns out there are plenty of ways to buffer your home from the heat without racking up your electric bill. And they’ll make you feel like a DIY champ, too.​Keep your cool, and…1. Keep your blinds closed. As simple…

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11 Apartment Hunting Tips for Renters

May 17, 2016

If you've ever had to look for an apartment, you know the process can be time consuming and stressful; even more so if you are new to a city or are looking in a competitive market where hoards of people show up to see every unit. There may not be a way out of doing the legwork, but these 11 tips can help you get organized, set your priorities, search smart, save time, and stay focused every step of the way.1.…

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8 Common Misconceptions About Section 8, Corrected

May 10, 2016

Did you know that there are grants that can help real estate investors with the acquisition of investment property?Did you know there are programs that will pay above market rent for your investment property?Sure you do… but there are so many misconception about using government funds, they may be deterring you from maximizing your investments.There are numerous government sources to assist you in your real estate endeavors: to name a few, there’s the HOME Investment Partnership Program, local and federal block grants,…

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The Top 14 Things Landlords Wish Tenants Knew

April 28, 2016

Sometimes the landlord/tenant relationship can be a difficult one. But it does not have to be that way, and it certainly does not have to start out that way. As landlords, we try to get this relationship off to a good start and keep it that way by taking care of our properties and tenant concerns.But some tenants, perhaps due to past experiences, prepare for the worst and thus approach the relationship ready for a fight. Maybe they have never…

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8 Tips to Create Income From Rental Property

April 19, 2016

Here is some advice from experts to keep your rental money flowing in the right direction!!!1,Keep your goals in mind. Investors need to know why they are in the rental market and what they want to accomplish financially, says Wendell De Guzman, chief executive of the real estate investment firm, PCI in Chicago.If the goal is to live passively off the rental income, then investors should know how much income they'll need. The tax rate changes as income becomes passive, says…

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5 Tax Tips for Landlords

April 8, 2016

Here are some often-overlooked tax tips that can help you manage the tax side of your rental property.Renting out a residential property can be a solid investment, but there are many tax rules that must be followed in order to claim income and expenses properly. Tracking and organizing your rental receipts is the first step in managing the tax side of your rental property, but there are a number of other important — and often-overlooked — tax tips for landlords.1.…

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8 Things You Can Stop Buying Today!!!

March 21, 2016

As you run a household for a decent length of time, there are certain things that become automatic. Like the shopping list—stuff runs out, you buy it again. But what if you didn't? Could life go on just fine without a few of those things you're always buying at the store? And could you save a little money in the meantime?Here's the challenge: next time one of these 8 things runs out at your house, instead of automatically putting a…

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How to Make an Apartment Smell Good, Cheaply!

March 4, 2016

.When your apartment has a bad smell, it can permeate every room quickly and can give guests the wrong impression of you. Don't make the mistake of simply covering up a bad smell with a heavy scent. To get your apartment smelling really good, first deodorize it. Then introduce a pleasing scent to make your living space appealing to every nose.1. Sprinkle baking soda onto the surface of your fabric furniture, carpets and rugs. Leave the baking soda overnight, then…

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How to Find Parking in the City When You Need It

February 25, 2016

Whether you're visiting friends downtown or headed to an event in the city, you may need to find parking if you're driving in from outside. Even if you live in another town where parking is scarce, your skills in your old town many not help you too much in the new one. Here's how to find a place to leave your ride, whether you're in town for a few hours or moving in. If you're in for something specific, finding parking…

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10 Crazy Ideas To Gain More Storage Space

November 16, 2015

No matter how spacious your apartment, chances are, you could always use more storage. This is especially true during the holidays, when adding festive decorations feels right — until you’re left with nowhere to put ’em come January. Whether you’re moving into a Boston rental or an apartment in Nashville, TN, here are 10 surprising storage solutions to carve out more space for stuff in every room of your home.Divide rooms strategicallyPartitioning off an open floor plan might seem beside the point. But when you add…

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