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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 7/7/2020

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Whether you're about to sign on your first rental property or already possess a portfolio full of properties that are cash-flowing like crazy, you need this. Time to reframe your mindset, step above the minutiae, and get a panoramic view of the path you're choosing. 

Why Set Goals?

It's easy to get caught up in chasing shiny new investments--especially as you gain experience investing and managing properties. But chasing every fabulous deal that pops up can take you on more than a few rabbit trails that won't get you any closer to your end goal. 

  • Maybe you want to semi-retire at 40 and travel the world with your family. 
  • Maybe you want to build your net worth so you'll be able to unload most of your properties once you retire and reinvest into building your own dream home. 
  • Maybe you want to focus on building sustainable positive month-to-month cash flow so you can pursue non-real-estate-related goals. 

You might stumble across a slew of excellent deals and solid investments that don't fully push you toward your goals. They're good. Great, even. But maybe they require more in-depth vetting of tenants than you're willing to take on right now, or a complete rehab that you don't have enough hours in the day to pull off. 

Zoom out. Secure your vision. Grab a pen. And set some goals. 

Characteristics of Great Goals

  • Excellent goals are specific and measurable. You'll know beyond a shadow of a doubt when you've arrived at them. Maybe it's a certain number in terms of cash flow or net worth. Maybe it's the point at which you can quit your day job. Maybe it's something else. If you can't measure it, it's probably not specific enough. 
  • The best goals are realistically achievable. Anyone can set a goal to become a billionare in the next 12 months. Unless it's realistic for you, keep dreaming about it and working toward more achievable chunks of that dream. 
  • The best goals involve other people. This one might surprise you, but a team/community/network mentality is staggeringly important for real estate investors. You'll need a team you can rely on, and your long-term goals should involve deepening your network with investors, real estate agents, and other industry professionals that are rock stars in their fields. 





Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 6/30/2020

Because real estate is a people-oriented business, most agents are happy to answer questions and provide advice after the sale. Whether you've enlisted their help to purchase a house or sell one, your working relationship does not have to end the moment you sign the final papers.

Professionals in the real estate business are generally service-oriented and interested in cultivating ongoing client relationships. If you've been fortunate enough to find a real estate agent who exceeded your expectations, then they'll most likely be a resource you'll want to use down the road. Assuming you had good rapport and that you're satisfied with their service, here are a few solid reasons to keep in touch.

Reliable source of advice: When you consider the training, knowledge, and experience that a seasoned real estate agent has, having them as a professional contact can benefit you in a number of ways. As an example, many agents are familiar with the impact home improvements can have on resale value. In other words, if you're thinking about upgrading, expanding, or altering your property, a knowledgeable real estate agent can provide insights into how that might affect your home's current and future market value. Since every type of home improvement brings with it a potential return on investment (ROI), it's an important aspect to consider when remodeling, adding an addition, or making a major change to your property. Many real estate agents have cultivated relationships with dependable contractors, remodelers, and installers to whom they may be happy to refer you, too. As a homeowner, you will invariably need reliable recommendations, sooner or later, and real estate agents are often a great source of contractor referrals. As you may have already discovered, it can be a frustrating experience to try to find a good home improvement contractor or other service provider when you're starting from scratch or relying on the credibility of online reviews.

Help for friends and family: If you're not planning on buying or selling a home in the near future, there's a good chance someone you know would benefit from the help and advice of a proven real estate professional. Even if a family member or acquaintance just needs assistance in finding an affordable apartment or house to rent, real estate agents often have the connections and resources to provide options that others may have overlooked.

Income and Investment properties: After shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to landlords, over the years, some homeowners consider "turning the tables" and becoming landlords and real estate investors, themselves. While this is certainly not a guaranteed path to financial independence, some people do become quite successful at it. If you have a tolerance for risk and the tenacity to pursue it, then your real estate agent may be able to help you find some worthwhile income properties. It's not for everybody, though!

Finding a real estate agent who's results oriented, experienced, and a pleasure to work with is not an everyday event, but when it does happen, they're worth keeping as a trusted advisor for many years to come!





Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 6/23/2020

Whether you're hosting outdoor gatherings in your own backyard or at another outdoor venue, there are a few elements you will need to consider carefully. The size of your space and the number of expected guests is only the beginning. You'll want to plan out the flow of traffic and access to certain areas. Seating is also an important factor to establish as you plan your event. While flow and seating arrangements are practical and important parts of planning, but you will also want to think about the atmosphere, mood and parking aspects of your party.

Space and Flow

No matter your space size, you can plan a get together that accommodates all your guests. A small sit-down dinner party or a large open house type of gathering at a public park both require a deep spatial understanding of the area for comfortable interaction and relaxation. If you are working with a small area, make sure you keep walking spaces clear and that each guest will have enough elbow room. In a larger venue, you may want to set up several areas that will accommodate small groups to encourage interaction. 

It may also be a good idea to let your guests know where the bathroom(s) are located at the beginning of the event. Walk through your space and think about how your guest will get to the food, beverages and seating areas. Take care of any obstacles or items that may pose as a tripping hazard or that can break easily. Trying to clean up messes during an event is difficult and takes time away from your guests. 

Seating and Style made Simple

Having plenty of seating for all your guests will encourage social interaction. Make sure the seats are comfortable and in good condition. The last thing you want is a guest to end up embarrassed or hurt by falling out of a broken seat. Also, think about where your guest will set their drinks or plates down while they are visiting with each other. Having small side tables or coffee tables spread around the seating areas will allow for a relaxed setting. 

To set up an area that feels relaxing and fun, you may want to hang some string lighting for an evening event. This gives softer lighting than your backyard security lighting or a couple of floodlights. Using colorful planters and inexpensive outdoor lanterns can add a festive feel, as well. 

The next time you plan an outdoor gathering, walk through your space and anticipate the best flow, comfort and ambiance for your guests. You'll be glad you did!




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 6/16/2020

Many times the house that people initially buy isnít the property that will be their forever home. The house could be too big, too small, or not in an ideal location. When you sell your first home, you want to get the most out of your investment. There are so many easy ways that you can upgrade your home for a small amount of money. Any of these upgrades will add value to your home. Read on to find some of the most affordable improvements you can make to your home that will add character and value for you.


Do Something With The Kitchen


While ďsomethingĒ is a bold statement, itís true. Just about any improvement, you make in your kitchen will give you a great return. Some ideas include:


Change the countertops

Replace the cabinets

Replace the stove

Get a new dishwasher

Install a new floor


There are so many different things that you can do to make a kitchen better. The possibilities are almost endless! The key to any renovation that you do is that you donít want it to be too styled. Try to aim for improvements that will be timeless. Check out the current trends and see what seems to be a staple in modern homes. Keep in mind that you also have to like whatever it is youíre doing to your home.



Give Your Fireplace A Facelift


Upgrading the fireplaces in your home can be a great project and an excellent way to enhance your home. You can do anything from merely repairing your fireplace relieving it from any cracks. If youíre feeling zealous, you can change the type or face of fireplace you have. Look into switching from a wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace. Change the front of your fireplace from brick to tone. Fireplaces are attractive features in homes that make any space cozy. 


Upgrade The Outdoor Space


An outdoor living space adds a lot to a home. The nice thing about adding outdoor is you can go as big as you want to. If you live in a warm region, an outdoor kitchen is an awesome feature to add on. Put a deck on your house. Construct a patio. Put up a gazebo or permanent screen house. There are so many ways to make outdoor living a possibility.   


Clean Up Your Outdoor Space


Giving the outside of your a once over can be an easy way to upgrade your property. You can power wash your siding. Trim your bushes. Add some more plants and foliage to the landscape. These are all simple, yet practical upgrades to your home that add value and appeal.      




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Posted by MDM Realty, Inc on 6/9/2020

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It’s not uncommon for homebuyers to discover that the land they purchased may not be entirely their own. Another party may have gained a legal right to use or traverse your property. Easements and right-of-ways can be established by a number of mechanisms and go unnoticed, particularly in undeveloped parcels or when the previous owners were absent.

When homeowners discover someone else holds sway over part of your property, the first-blush reaction is often about loss of value. You paid for full ownership and the easement will likely diminish your resale value. But homebuyers would be wise to proceed with caution because the cost of defending against a claim or creating hostilities with a neighbor could prove emotionally taxing.

What is an Easement or Right-of-Way?

The common law practice of easements has its roots in the free flow of water and the ability to cross a community member’s land in olden times. This practice accounted for the lack of roadways and the need to traverse tracts of land. Although this is a somewhat outdated concept, long-standing easements exist. If you are considering purchasing a property that involves an easement, it’s important to understand that you still own the pathway to the other parcel. But you may never be able to utilize it actively.

For all practical purposes, a right-of-way is a type of easement that has been formalized. Landowners generally agree to record the easement in a deed or other legally-binding agreement. Thoroughly researched land records are likely to uncover these easements. This is why having a property deed vetted before purchasing a property remains standard practice. But a worrisome mechanism known as “adverse possession” may put new homeowners in a legal bind because the existence of an easement may go unknown.

What Homebuyers Need to Know About Adverse Possession

Adverse possession is often associated with the term “squatters rights.” That colloquial term came out of people living on unused land and gaining ownership by establishing their presence over time. Today, people more often gain adverse possession rights by using part of a property for access or travel.

If, for instance, a neighbor routinely drives over an undeveloped part of your property to get to theirs, they could be gaining a right to that portion. On undeveloped land, hunters, hikers, and other outdoors enthusiasts may walk a path across your land. Over time, they can establish a right that prevents you from enclosing the land or developing that section. While defending against an adverse possession lawsuit can be emotionally draining, there may be a silver lining. The courts usually apply a rigorous four-part standard that few squatters meet. These include the following.

  • Hostile: This involves issues such as the user not knowing the land was owned by another or using it due to a mistake about where the property lines were located.
  • Actual Possession: The claimant must have been physically present on the land.
  • Open and Notorious: This standard looks at whether the trespasser used the land in a fashion that was obvious to the owner.
  • Exclusive and Continuous: This tends to be the standard that upends claims. The trespasser must have physically used the land without interruption.

Hiring an attorney and mounting a defense of your property can be an exhausting ordeal. It’s one of the last things any homeowner wants to go through. That’s why conducting your due diligence about easements and right-of-ways remains as crucial as taking out title insurance when you buy a home.




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