Rent to Own Homes in Bakersfield, CA

Californians know that Bakersfield is the best place to stop on a road trip between Sacramento and Los Angeles.  But Bakersfield’s location has given the city a thriving job market and a healthy economy through the agriculture and oil industries.  Bakersfield is one of the most affordable places to buy a home in California, and it has a strong sense of community that makes it a great place to raise a family and settle down.

The entire San Joaquin Valley in the heart of California is a bit like Texas.   Oil fields, crops and livestock litter the entire valley along with Bars and boot-scootin’ honky-tonks.  But true to California, the locals here have embraced the idea of locally sourced fresh food and vegetables.


Rent-to-Own Homes in Orlando

Every year more than 50 million people visit Orlando, FL.  Most of those visitors head to golf courses, resorts, entertainment venues, or theme parks.  However, Orlando is far more than just a pure tourist attraction, the cities wild growth and surge in population signals a healthy economy and a desirable place to call home.

Orlando is projected to become one of the hottest real estate markets in the country in 2018. An unexpected shift to say the least since the Orlando Metro area led the nation in foreclosures just three years ago. However, Analysts at Zillow are expecting a near six percent increase in prices. That rise would put Orlando a full point above the national expected average growth and mark it as the #1 city in America regarding price increases but still leaves Orlando well below its price peak from 11 years ago. (more…)

7 Steps for Buying a Home in the New Year

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2018.   Glad you made it.   Here’s to another great year for you and yours.
If you have been waiting to buy or rent-to-own a home, then let’s take some steps this new year to get you into a home of your own.   This year’s housing market is looking to grow yet again though overall growth is beginning to show signs of leveling out.  2018 should be a great year to fulfill that life long goal of becoming a home-owner


Renting Spikes Among the Old and Wealthy

Several housing blogs from around the country have recently released articles talking about a critical aspect of a report published by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.  The report has shown that high-income households which now live in rental properties have more than doubled since this time ten years ago.

Some industry blogs and standard news outlets are quick to explain this surge with their own set of talking points.   Often you’ll hear talk about how people are just weary of owning and believe that renting is preferable and in some cases more affordable than owning a home.   Some even claim the spike is due to the attitudes of baby boomers since the housing crash, not coincidentally, about a decade ago

How the GOP Tax Plan will Affect Homeowners

The  Tax Bill recently introduced by Republicans in Washington is raising some concerns for Americans about whether or not they want to own a home.

The bill would limit the cap on deducting state and local taxes (SALT) down to $10,000 leaving many homeowners in the states with highest tax rates feeling quite wary about how much they’ll owe in taxes next year and the years to come. Many homeowners living in suburban cities pay more than $10,000 in property taxes yet have incomes around $75,000.

What to Assess When Buying a Home


No matter if you are already a homeowner or just a renter looking for some digs you can call your own, you have to be prepared for the house hunting journey.  There are a surprising number of telltale signs which can help determine if the home you buy is a sound investment.  There could be anything from a significant crack in the foundation to rotting beams in the attic due to damaged flashing.  These things and many others will end up costing the buyer, even more, money in the short term to repair or correct.  So, it is mission critical to assess a home and judge its worth with a professional.  We’ve assembled a must-check list to serve as a not only a reminder but as an essential tool to aid you, and your home inspector pick the right home at the right price.


Spring Cleaning Tips for your Home

Winter is over and spring has officially moved in. While you may be sitting on your patio sipping iced tea and eating cookies there is a big, looming task lurking in the back of your mind. Spring cleaning rears its ugly head once again and beckons you to clean up all those messes that inevitably occur during the cold winter months. Spring cleaning is a truly satisfying rite we humans have been performing on our dwellings for a long time and has a storied history that crosses many ancient cultures.
Luckily for you we’ve got some great tips to make your spring cleaning task a cinch. (more…)

Rent to Own Homes: Good Idea or Bad?

It’s a seller’s market all across the country and as a result home prices are rising, and competition is increasing.  This makes it more difficult to buy a home, especially in areas where prices are already overly-inflated.  The combination of needing to have a large down payment and a great credit score in order to compete for a home is locking out many would-be homeowners from the real estate market.

Many individuals learn about the rent-to-own home market after discovering the purchase of real estate is beyond their current means.  Rent-to-own homes allow would-be buyers to get a home without the heavy competition, large initial investment, or perfect credit that many need.  However, it can be true that many rent-to-own opportunities work in the seller’s favor.  This happens when renters are unprepared, or uneducated about the process of leasing to own a property, and unfortunately, get taken advantage of.  If you are ready to learn about the rent-to-own real estate process, and do your due diligence when searching for homes and reviewing contracts, rent-to-own homes can work in your favor and be an incredibly smart decision.  The key difference between a rent-to-own home being a good idea or a bad idea comes down to educating yourself, which is a fact of life for all financial dealings whether buying or renting. (more…)

How to Save Money by Saving Energy

How to Save Money By Saving Energy in Your Home

Everyone likes saving money.  There are a great many ways to go about saving your money for a rainy day, but did you know that you can save up to $500 a year by just reducing the amount of energy you use by about 25 percent?  It’s true, the average American household spends about $2,200 a year on utilities and by reducing your energy usage by 25% you could potentially save up to $500 a year.  Roughly 40 percent of your total energy usage goes into heating and cooling so this is going to be the primary focus of your efforts to reduce your energy usage, but it doesn’t just stop there.  There are many simple and effective ways to save energy.

Let’s look at some of the best ways you can save money and reduce your energy usage. (more…)