I have always advised my clients that I think it is important to go visit the schools yourself. Set up an appointment with the elementary school principal and go over what you feel is important to you. Everyone's needs are different when it comes to what they are looking for in their child's education.
Also, if you know people who live in the town ask them. They will have the inside "scoop" as to what the teachers are like and the environment in the school. I feel many of the school ratings can be used as a guide, but I wouldn't get too caught up in numbers.
Please feel free to call or email me to discuss the schools or other real estate information in more detail.. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my cell phone is (201) 400-1788.... more
Never heard of using drip lines. If you have a roof that over hangs the walls that would add a lot of sq footage of just air. Here we measure the outside of the building itself and subtract any area inside that is unfinished and unheated, like a garage.... more
The link below will give you some guidance on how to PROPERLY go about the rent increase/ Keep in mind if your tenants have leases you won't be able to increase those rents until the lease is about to expire and you present them with a new lease.... more
I beg to differ regarding self -eviction by landlord. I own several properties and all you have to do is go to your county courthouse to file the paperwork. If the property is corporate owned, THEN, you need a lawyer.
The process is simple and there will be filing fees associated. Also, be sure that you know exactly how much the tenant owes in past due rent, utilities, etc. Once the paperwork is filed, the tenant is served. My experience has been that they do not show up at court and you will receive a judgment. Collecting on that judgment can be difficult, though. You also will have to prove that they are not in the military. It's not all that difficult.
If you send me your email address, I can send you out a copy of Truth in Renting so you know how the laws affect your ability to evict.... more
you have some very good answers. But I must ask you why? What is going to change in your life that makes it worth wild to buy or sell next year over this year. Do you think if prices go down you can make more money on the resale? How long do you plan on living in the new home you buy? If your going stay 10, 20 or 30 years whats the difference in the long run to you? If your buying with the plan to sell in 2 or 3 years the market will never be in your favor like it was just a few years ago. Keep in mind the home ownership is an American dream because it is not easy to secure, maintain, or a right. So the real question you have to ask yourself, is it worth the risk to put off home ownership now for another year when now you know you can buy?