cowanre2020-03-30T13:19:25-04:00Home Buying, Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
For those pondering the timetable for selling their Cherokee or Cobb County house, this recent development may add a couple of plusses into the “sooner” column. There are always pros and cons about listing in the fall versus waiting for the spring and summer market—but this information could tilt toward acting now.
cowanre2020-03-09T12:57:26-04:00Home Buying, Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
Last Fall ended with some good news that can affect many Cherokee and Cobb County real estate transactions—specifically some with bottom lines equal to $400,000 or less. It came in the form of a rule change from Washington’s rule-makers, and whether or not it applies to your own property, it may signal a shift in regulatory outlook.
cowanre2020-03-25T13:08:12-04:00Home Buying, Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
If you own (or intend to own) your own Cherokee or Cobb County house, some portion of your brain is probably attuned to late-breaking housing news. This may ring true for you—particularly if you have ever found yourself suddenly paying attention after hearing a newscaster utter the words “crisis,” “surge,” “slump,” or “rebound” combined with “housing” or “single-family.”
cowanre2020-02-05T14:09:28-05:00Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
When you first begin thinking about house selling, most Cherokee and Cobb County sellers are rightly focused on getting the property in top shape, establishing a solid relationship with their Cherokee or Cobb County Realtor®, and making some key decisions (like what the optimal asking price should be). In other words, laying out a practical strategic house selling game plan.
cowanre2020-01-29T12:48:03-05:00Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
The headline promised “Ways to Dramatically Lower Your Home Insurance Costs”—there were six of them—and indeed, it was followed by some sage economic advice. Insurance isn’t often accompanied by high drama, but CNBC’s website can be forgiven for the hyperbole. The guidance for Cherokee or Cobb County homeowners was useful.
cowanre2020-01-15T12:14:49-05:00Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
The fix-and-sell investment strategy is as popular as ever thanks to exposure on cable television—both as TV series and late-night advertorials.
cowanre2020-01-08T14:41:07-05:00Fun Things, Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
According to Alina Dizik, one of the leading Wall Street Journal’s real estate commentators, a growing number of luxury homeowners are finding new appreciation for an old idea. In fact, the older, the better.
cowanre2019-12-04T12:00:12-05:00Home Buying, Home Ownership, Real Estate Investing|
Few Cobb and Cherokee County residents who spend much time online have avoided the unnerving experience of having their screens populated with ads aimed at them, personally. Whether the culprit is Google or Facebook or one of the otherwise-useful apps, it’s close to impossible to avoid having your personal preferences noted and exploited by the omnipresent web snoops.
cowanre2019-12-02T12:42:43-05:00Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
Every serious house hunter is aware that the Cobb and Cherokee County neighborhood surrounding any house has a significant effect on its ultimate value. It follows that the future of a neighborhood will have a measurable impact the future value of the properties in it.
cowanre2019-11-13T10:52:00-05:00Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
Ever since its introduction in 1965, Americans by the millions have embraced the retirement vehicle known by its IRS handle, the “401(k).” It hardly matters that few Cobb and Cherokee County breadwinners know much about its relatively recent origins (much less, its family lineage).
cowanre2019-11-06T12:13:08-05:00Fun Things, Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
If you ask the web, “what does Time is Money mean?” it tells you that time is a valuable resource, so do things as quickly as you can. That’s one way to look at it—from a superior, it probably means, “stop wasting time” or “get back to work!”
cowanre2019-10-02T16:59:53-04:00Home Buying, Real Estate Investing|
It's no surprise those devoted to the real estate industry champion homeownership, but we’re aided by over a century of wisdom directed to its merits.
cowanre2019-08-07T16:52:40-04:00Home Buying, Real Estate Investing|
Real estate investors' decision of "flip or rent" can be decided by financial analysis, but smart investors note a big part of choosing is actually personality.
cowanre2019-06-12T16:01:48-04:00Home Buying, Real Estate Investing|
A change in Fannie Mae's lending guidelines regarding renting second homes is opening new doors of affordability for those who want to invest in a 2nd home.
cowanre2019-06-05T14:29:50-04:00Home Buying, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
Over 10% of the country’s residential sales are now due to house-flipping, and flipper activity looks to be growing. What's that mean for you?
cowanre2019-05-15T15:05:26-04:00Home Buying, Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
The past weeks have provided some news that could lift the outlook of Cherokee and Cobb County landlords and those who’ve been thinking about rental real estate as an investment.
cowanre2019-04-30T13:23:03-04:00Home Buying, Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
Traditionally, April is a dependable month when Cherokee County home sellers can expect a lively market—and if first reports from across the nation are any indication, the evidence points to a spring selling season that fits the pattern.
cowanre2019-05-06T21:53:09-04:00Home Buying, Home Ownership, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
For those who’ve been waiting to list their Cherokee or Cobb County home until this year’s spring selling season, the waiting is over.
cowanre2018-09-13T14:37:43-04:00Real Estate Investing|
Quotes from exceptionally qualified financial titans clearly show that history's millionaires agree on real estate as a top investment strategy.
cowanre2018-05-23T18:52:49-04:00Home Buying, Real Estate Investing|
With home prices & interest rates on the rise, you’re likely to assume that the cost of the Cherokee or Cobb County home you’re thinking about buying has made it a financial stretch. But the news omits the effect of rising incomes & inflation on the real cost of a home in today’s market—which turns out to be a bargain!
cowanre2018-04-03T17:30:40-04:00Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
With today's tight housing inventories, even owners of income-producing rental properties are considering the timely financial decision of selling. If selling a tenant-occupied house is on your list, here's a few guidelines that may solve tenant-occupied rental home sale issues before they become problematic.
cowanre2017-08-02T20:53:38-04:00Home Buying, Home Selling, Real Estate Investing|
While much attention is directed at the phalanx of youthful first-time homebuyers, the Millennials and GenXers aren’t the only groups who are having a substantial influence on the direction of Cherokee and Cobb County’s real estate market. Whether they are tagged “mature,” “aging,” or downright “elderly,” the over 55-crowd comprise an increasingly influential part of [...]
cowanre2017-05-17T22:55:20-04:00Home Buying, Real Estate Investing|
This past tax filing deadline doesn’t pass without standing as the annual reminder to all of Cherokee and Cobb and Cobb County’s taxpayers that time seems to pass ever more quickly—as do the comings and goings of our earnings. The best estimate is that this year 70% of Americans will have overpaid by close to [...]
Ris Cowan2017-04-11T22:37:06-04:00Home Buying, Real Estate Investing|
In Spanish-speaking countries, a bribe is known as mordida. In Italy, spintarella; in parts of Asia, baksheesh. Baksheesh can also mean a tip, which is perfectly legal and ethical in a restaurant, but not so much in a bank or government office. Here in Cherokee or Cobb County, GA, we have a pretty inflexible attitude [...]
Ris Cowan2017-04-04T21:55:46-04:00Home Buying, Real Estate Investing|
You don’t have to be beyond your 40s to begin plotting a direction for your retirement years. Most younger Cherokee and Cobb County residents know this full well but (truth be told) do precious little about it. For most of us, we’re all so busy tending to career and daily living concerns that most of [...]