Leases and labor are two of the biggest costs for many businesses. In these cost-conscious times, companies have already made painful cuts in staff, but often view their leases as inescapable handcuffs. Wrong.
When landlords have great tenants, they are more likely to renew leases and limit rent increases. Stacy Brown, operations manager for Real Property Management, has four golden rules for building a great relationship with your landlord.
Unless you've just recently been rescued from decades stranded on a deserted island, you've heard of someone buying, fixing and flipping single family homes. It has long been the staple method for the everyday person to make money in real estate.
In the past, government policies overemphasized homeownership. Instead, Americans should have a variety of affordable and attractive rental and purchase options, in line with their needs and resources.
Simple economics teaches us that we have a self-correcting economy but whenever we're all mired in the throes of an exciting market, we seem to develop amnesia for what could happen based on how similar markets have transpired in the past.
Although most of the housing markets with big price gains exhibit unhealthy fundamentals, some markets with rising prices are healthy. Markets with flat or falling prices include both healthy and unhealthy markets.
Homeownership offers an opportunity to build wealth, through equity, that renters simply do not enjoy. It needs to be done right; the loans need to be responsible and sustainable. But make no mistake: Homeownership is an irreplaceable engine of class mobility.