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Agents and Brokers

Should You Use a Realtor?

This is exactly what worries me sometimes about information online; so much of it is in no way, shape or form rooted in reality...

Power of Networking

Equinox Advantage believes in the power of a great sphere of Influence!

Creating a Team

Because of the increase in required disclosures, inspections, and documents, it is becoming more difficult for an agent to do all the functions of real estate on his own. The need to create a team of specialists is becoming more necessary for success in the real estate field.

Creating Daily Success in Real Estate

The journey to a successful life should be enjoyed. True success comes from accomplishing the activities daily that will lead you to your ultimate goals in life.

Creating Referrals

We all want an office in which the phone rings continually with offers of referral business. Does having this type of office sound like a dream? It need not be such a far fetched reality, though it requires diligent work with clients. There are a few key steps to creating a great referral business.

Buying and Selling Land

Best Rehabbing Tips to Stay on Budget

Buying an under-priced house that needs fixing up, and then doing the rehab and reselling it is a great way to make a profit in real estate investing business. While it all looks good at the outset, there are pitfalls along the way that can eat up your profits.

Power of Networking

Equinox Advantage believes in the power of a great sphere of Influence!

Getting Raw Land - Not a Raw Deal!

There is more to buying raw land than meets the eye and more than a few individuals have wished they'd had a second chance upon finding themselves duped, conned, misled, ill-advised, uninformed, oversold, undereducated and often unprepared. They realize, often too late, that a raw land purchase should be properly investigated, evaluated and negotiated using a logical and rational plan.

General Real Estate

Best Rehabbing Tips to Stay on Budget

Buying an under-priced house that needs fixing up, and then doing the rehab and reselling it is a great way to make a profit in real estate investing business. While it all looks good at the outset, there are pitfalls along the way that can eat up your profits.

2 Most Common Problems Keeping You from Buying a Home

Today is probably the best time to buy a home in a lifetime, but there is a problem. You may be experiencing the frustration of talking to banks today, it seems like the lending standards and credit scores required to qualify change every day. Home prices are more affordable than they’ve been in decades and mortgage rates are at all time lows. Even if you were able to qualify 3 years ago, and even if your credit score has not changed, you may not be able to qualify today. There are 2 main reasons why people are not able to buy a home, but there is also hope and the American dream of home ownership might still be within your reach.

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 3

Would you like to know how you can make a quarter of a million dollars by sleeping? Well, keep reading. The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting. In Part 1, we saw that homeowners enjoy steady payments helping them fight against inflation and the wonderful tax savings we can have by being able to deduct the mortgage interest from our regular income. Then, in Part 2, we looked at the benefits of building equity. In Part 3, we’re going to put it all together and see the phenomenal difference the tax benefits and equity build up can make on your family wealth. So, now we are ready for benefit #5:

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 2

The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting. In Part 1, we saw that homeowners enjoy steady payments helping them fight against inflation and the wonderful tax savings we can have by being able to deduct the mortgage interest from our regular income. Now, we’re going to look at the benefits of building equity. We’re now ready for benefit #3.

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 1

The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting.

Home Buying

Best Rehabbing Tips to Stay on Budget

Buying an under-priced house that needs fixing up, and then doing the rehab and reselling it is a great way to make a profit in real estate investing business. While it all looks good at the outset, there are pitfalls along the way that can eat up your profits.

2 Most Common Problems Keeping You from Buying a Home

Today is probably the best time to buy a home in a lifetime, but there is a problem. You may be experiencing the frustration of talking to banks today, it seems like the lending standards and credit scores required to qualify change every day. Home prices are more affordable than they’ve been in decades and mortgage rates are at all time lows. Even if you were able to qualify 3 years ago, and even if your credit score has not changed, you may not be able to qualify today. There are 2 main reasons why people are not able to buy a home, but there is also hope and the American dream of home ownership might still be within your reach.

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 3

Would you like to know how you can make a quarter of a million dollars by sleeping? Well, keep reading. The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting. In Part 1, we saw that homeowners enjoy steady payments helping them fight against inflation and the wonderful tax savings we can have by being able to deduct the mortgage interest from our regular income. Then, in Part 2, we looked at the benefits of building equity. In Part 3, we’re going to put it all together and see the phenomenal difference the tax benefits and equity build up can make on your family wealth. So, now we are ready for benefit #5:

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 2

The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting. In Part 1, we saw that homeowners enjoy steady payments helping them fight against inflation and the wonderful tax savings we can have by being able to deduct the mortgage interest from our regular income. Now, we’re going to look at the benefits of building equity. We’re now ready for benefit #3.

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 1

The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting.

Home Selling

3 Ads That Draw Distressed Homeowners to You

If your real estate investing business includes dealing with foreclosures and pre-foreclosures – mainly distressed homeowners – the playing field is somewhat different than simply wholesaling or flipping and rehabbing. The rules of the game are different.

Best Rehabbing Tips to Stay on Budget

Buying an under-priced house that needs fixing up, and then doing the rehab and reselling it is a great way to make a profit in real estate investing business. While it all looks good at the outset, there are pitfalls along the way that can eat up your profits.

2 Most Common Problems Keeping You from Buying a Home

Today is probably the best time to buy a home in a lifetime, but there is a problem. You may be experiencing the frustration of talking to banks today, it seems like the lending standards and credit scores required to qualify change every day. Home prices are more affordable than they’ve been in decades and mortgage rates are at all time lows. Even if you were able to qualify 3 years ago, and even if your credit score has not changed, you may not be able to qualify today. There are 2 main reasons why people are not able to buy a home, but there is also hope and the American dream of home ownership might still be within your reach.

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 3

Would you like to know how you can make a quarter of a million dollars by sleeping? Well, keep reading. The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting. In Part 1, we saw that homeowners enjoy steady payments helping them fight against inflation and the wonderful tax savings we can have by being able to deduct the mortgage interest from our regular income. Then, in Part 2, we looked at the benefits of building equity. In Part 3, we’re going to put it all together and see the phenomenal difference the tax benefits and equity build up can make on your family wealth. So, now we are ready for benefit #5:

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 2

The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting. In Part 1, we saw that homeowners enjoy steady payments helping them fight against inflation and the wonderful tax savings we can have by being able to deduct the mortgage interest from our regular income. Now, we’re going to look at the benefits of building equity. We’re now ready for benefit #3.

Landlord and Tenant

Getting the Best Tenants

I often get into discussions with other landlords both here in town and online in other parts of the country and they ask me how it is that I do not have the same problems that they have with their renters...

Power of Networking

Equinox Advantage believes in the power of a great sphere of Influence!

Rehab Diary - Or Why Should I Listen To Ron

To Rehab or Not to Rehab.... That can be a tough question, until you read this Diary.

L.S.A.T - The Successful Landlord Aptitude Test

Twenty questions cover such issues as discrimination, credit checks, lease law, non-payment of rent, pets, renting furnished properties, acceptable deductions from security deposits, taxes, lease termination, landlord liability laws, and incorporation. Answers are included at the end of the test. The S.L.A.T. is fast and funny -- probably the most enjoyable exam you'll ever tak

How to Automate Your Collections

Having been a landlord since the early part of 1994, I feel fairly safe in stating I've tried almost every imaginable way of collecting monthly payments from my residents. I want to run through some of these methods and let you in on the pros and cons of each technique.

Mortgage

2 Most Common Problems Keeping You from Buying a Home

Today is probably the best time to buy a home in a lifetime, but there is a problem. You may be experiencing the frustration of talking to banks today, it seems like the lending standards and credit scores required to qualify change every day. Home prices are more affordable than they’ve been in decades and mortgage rates are at all time lows. Even if you were able to qualify 3 years ago, and even if your credit score has not changed, you may not be able to qualify today. There are 2 main reasons why people are not able to buy a home, but there is also hope and the American dream of home ownership might still be within your reach.

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 3

Would you like to know how you can make a quarter of a million dollars by sleeping? Well, keep reading. The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting. In Part 1, we saw that homeowners enjoy steady payments helping them fight against inflation and the wonderful tax savings we can have by being able to deduct the mortgage interest from our regular income. Then, in Part 2, we looked at the benefits of building equity. In Part 3, we’re going to put it all together and see the phenomenal difference the tax benefits and equity build up can make on your family wealth. So, now we are ready for benefit #5:

Taking Back a Second Mortgage

"Taking back" a second mortgage when you buy a home and the seller “loans" you some of the money they need in order to buy the property

Foreclosure- Don’t Lose Your Home to Foreclosure Like Octomom

Real Estate Investors Solve Housing Problems

An investor can actually save a house from foreclosure.

Real Estate Investing

3 Ads That Draw Distressed Homeowners to You

If your real estate investing business includes dealing with foreclosures and pre-foreclosures – mainly distressed homeowners – the playing field is somewhat different than simply wholesaling or flipping and rehabbing. The rules of the game are different.

Best Rehabbing Tips to Stay on Budget

Buying an under-priced house that needs fixing up, and then doing the rehab and reselling it is a great way to make a profit in real estate investing business. While it all looks good at the outset, there are pitfalls along the way that can eat up your profits.

Real Estate Terms Explained: MAO & ARV

MAO stands for Maximum Allowable Offer and ARV is After Repaired Value...

Real Estate Terms explained: BPO

When a bank has to take a home back in a foreclosure, they will want to know what the house is “basically” worth. Many real estate agents and brokers supplement their commission income by doing BPOs...

Real Estate Terms Explained: LTV

Loan-to-value (LTV) is a ratio that depicts the relationship of a loan amount with the value of a property...

Real Estate Marketing

3 Ads That Draw Distressed Homeowners to You

If your real estate investing business includes dealing with foreclosures and pre-foreclosures – mainly distressed homeowners – the playing field is somewhat different than simply wholesaling or flipping and rehabbing. The rules of the game are different.

Attracting Sellers: Getting Them to Call You

There are basically two ways to find potential sellers. I call them Passive Advertising and Active Advertising...

Beware of Paranoid Realtors

Most of you know my opinion of realtors. For those that don’t it goes like this: There are a handful that are worth a rip, the rest are MORONS!

Helping folks in Real Estate

Is it possible to help both a buyer and a seller and make a killer profit in a flipping transaction? Read on and see an example of how I did it last year.

Power of Networking

Equinox Advantage believes in the power of a great sphere of Influence!

Relocating

2 Most Common Problems Keeping You from Buying a Home

Today is probably the best time to buy a home in a lifetime, but there is a problem. You may be experiencing the frustration of talking to banks today, it seems like the lending standards and credit scores required to qualify change every day. Home prices are more affordable than they’ve been in decades and mortgage rates are at all time lows. Even if you were able to qualify 3 years ago, and even if your credit score has not changed, you may not be able to qualify today. There are 2 main reasons why people are not able to buy a home, but there is also hope and the American dream of home ownership might still be within your reach.

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 1

The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting.

Power of Networking

Equinox Advantage believes in the power of a great sphere of Influence!

Easing the Transition to Your New Home

Tips to help you make a smooth move into your new home.

Beauty and Style

Refreshing Baths

Recipes for Refreshing and Relaxing Baths

Instant Beauty Boosters

Use yogurt to cleanse the skin, use jojoba oil or grapeseed oil to shift stubborn mascara,

Bridal Makeup Philosophy

Applying Foundation

Tips for Applying Foundation

Choosing Foundation

Business and Career

Power of Networking

Equinox Advantage believes in the power of a great sphere of Influence!

Marketing Is A Four-Letter Word!

Why do we shy away from the most important aspect of our business? Marketing is the lynchpin of all business endeavor, and those who learn that will always lead the pack.

Rehab Diary - Or Why Should I Listen To Ron

To Rehab or Not to Rehab.... That can be a tough question, until you read this Diary.

Change Your Dialog

The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time

Can't You See I'm Working?

For many working parents, telecommuting or a home business may seem like the answer to your prayers. But the first thing you may discover is that working from home includes many unexpected distractions.

Crafts and Hobbies

How to Make Candles Using Old Crayons

As featured in the story "A Candle For Christmas" from the book: Christmas In Dairyland (True Stories From a Wisconsin Farm)

Country Christmas Idea: Milkweed Pod Poinsettia Ornaments

If you live in an area where milkweed grows wild, you can use the dried milkweed pods to make poinsettia ornaments for your Christmas tree. Here's how...

New Ways to Use Old Christmas Cards

Several ways that you can use those Christmas cards you save every year.

Scrapbooking Teen Memories

By the time your teen is in high school, you probably aren't taking as many pictures of them as you used to. I have to keep reminding myself that I only have a couple of years left and no time to waste trying to capture fleeing teenage memories.

Debt Management

Things to Know About Your Credit

If you are faced with poor credit, use these tips to raise your scores & increase your buying power.

Anatomy Of A Foreclosure

There are certain steps that Foreclosures follow in most states. If you are going to play the game, you got to know the steps.

Food and Entertaining

Chicken: Healthy, Tasty and Convenient!

A healthy diet does not have to be bland or time-consuming to prepare - chicken to the rescue!

Remove Carcinogens When Grilling Meat

High heat reacts with protein in red meat, poultry and fish to create chemicals linked to cancer, especially of the colon and breast. Heterocyclic amines are the name of the chemicals.

Clobber the Cold - With Food

Researchers know that certain foods can help prevent colds and provide some relief from symptoms.

Chocolate-Flavored Cereal Lowers Cholesterol

People who benefit from the cholesterol-lowering effects of bran but are turned off by the taste and gritty texture may have a sweet new option: a chocolate-flavored cocoa-bran cereal.

Low Calorie Sweeteners

Health and Fitness

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Clobber the Cold - With Food

Researchers know that certain foods can help prevent colds and provide some relief from symptoms.

The Physical Dangers of Stress

A list and explanations of the physical damage stress can cause to your body.

Why Physical Fitness?

Our modern life-style fosters unfitness. Many technological advances are intended to eliminate physical exertion from everyday activities.

Physical Fitness Means Living Better, Longer

Regular exercise can provide the basis for good health and wellness.

House and Home

2 Most Common Problems Keeping You from Buying a Home

Today is probably the best time to buy a home in a lifetime, but there is a problem. You may be experiencing the frustration of talking to banks today, it seems like the lending standards and credit scores required to qualify change every day. Home prices are more affordable than they’ve been in decades and mortgage rates are at all time lows. Even if you were able to qualify 3 years ago, and even if your credit score has not changed, you may not be able to qualify today. There are 2 main reasons why people are not able to buy a home, but there is also hope and the American dream of home ownership might still be within your reach.

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 2

The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting. In Part 1, we saw that homeowners enjoy steady payments helping them fight against inflation and the wonderful tax savings we can have by being able to deduct the mortgage interest from our regular income. Now, we’re going to look at the benefits of building equity. We’re now ready for benefit #3.

Top 7 Benefits of Home Ownership, Part 1

The last few years have been really difficult for the real estate market, and many people are wondering if now is really a good time to buy a home or not. Many other people want to buy a home, but are stuck in the rent trap because the banks continue to tighten their lending standards and shut people out who would have qualified only a few short years ago. This article will discuss the Top 7 benefits of owning a home versus renting.

Power of Networking

Equinox Advantage believes in the power of a great sphere of Influence!

Things to Know About Your Credit

If you are faced with poor credit, use these tips to raise your scores & increase your buying power.

Inspiration

Something for Nothing

Never accept ‘somethin for nothin’. In fact beware when somebody offers you ‘somethin for nothin’. See here’s the problem; when you get ‘somethin for nothin’; that means somebody else got ‘nothing for havin’ done something and that just ain’t fair”.

Helping folks in Real Estate

Is it possible to help both a buyer and a seller and make a killer profit in a flipping transaction? Read on and see an example of how I did it last year.

Ten Characteristics of Successful Real Estate Investors

In my years in the foreclosure and real estate business, I bet I've met over 1,500 investors. These people have been at all levels of knowledge and experience. Some have become amazingly successful, while others have lost steam or experienced drastic failure. I watched people who are successful and I've noticed that there are certain characteristics that come with real estate investing success.

How To Think and Act Differently

We are all born with some level of creativity. In some people it grows, in others it withers and dies. Here are some ideas on how to think a bit differently.

Do You Manage Your Time, Or Does Time Manage You

No matter how many 5 hour energy drinks you slam, there are only 24 hours in a day. Do you manage them or do they manage you.

Parenting and Family

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Who Cares What They Say About Single Moms!

Even in today's sophisticated society, single parent families are often stigmatized and thoughtlessly perceived as not entirely as functional as two parent families.

Loving Beautiful You - An article for Single Moms

In today’s world of the perfect size and the perfect hair and high fashion, it can be difficult to accept yourself and take pride in the beautifully unique creation you are.

Breastfeeding - One Mothers Story (I did it my way)

Breakfast Club - Just five more minutes, please!

A hilarious (but all too true!) look at one family's morning "getting ready to go to work/school" ritual.

Relationships

Power of Networking

Equinox Advantage believes in the power of a great sphere of Influence!

How To Think and Act Differently

We are all born with some level of creativity. In some people it grows, in others it withers and dies. Here are some ideas on how to think a bit differently.

Rehab Diary - Or Why Should I Listen To Ron

To Rehab or Not to Rehab.... That can be a tough question, until you read this Diary.

Serenity Now!

When I think about the energy I waste acting all frantic and panicky, it makes me...well, frantic and panicky. Here are six tips to keep us all from pushing the panic button.

5 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

Gratitude keeps us centered and wards off jealousy and negativity. Here are five little things we can do each day to nourish our sense of gratitude...