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How to Run a Rental Property that Turns a Profit

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Real estate investments are a tricky business. While they might eventually reap profits, it often takes years for their value to appreciate and for the owner to receive a significant return-on-investment. In the meantime, some owners have created a cash flow by renting out space in their properties to qualified tenants and collecting rent. Whether its commercial or residential real estate, savvy landlords can turn insane profits if they can successful manage their rental property and address tenants’ needs.

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Topics: renting commercial real estate, Renting, vacation rentals, landlord, rental property

What are Tiny Houses? Behind the Latest Real Estate Craze

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As the years go by, we see so many different fads and trends in real estate. Some stick, others fall by the wayside. Some are huge, market-shifting breakthroughs; others are small-scale concepts. Perhaps none smaller than tiny houses, America’s most recent real estate fascination. If you aren’t familiar with how this viral sensation came to be, then perhaps you need to catch an episode of HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” to see what it’s all about.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, buying a house, tiny houses

Are Home Additions Really Worth the Time and Effort?

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether or not to build an addition to your home is one of the most important decisions that you’ll face as a home owner. If you have a growing family or an urgent need for more space, home additions could be exactly what you need. However, big money renovations have their obvious downsides. Here are a few ways to determine if this is the right option for you.

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Topics: residential real estate, Selling, investment property, home additions

Summer Savings Tips to Reduce Energy Consumption at Home

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Sometimes air conditioning can be an absolute necessity for combatting the sweltering summer heat. That’s why a home typically consumes a greater amount of energy between June and September than it does throughout the rest of the year. Electric bills rise to astronomical highs during these months as a result. To reduce energy consumption and preserve some funds in the process, check out these summer savings that should do the trick if executed correctly.

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Topics: residential real estate, Summer, home maintenance, home improvement

Where to Find the Best Long Island Vacation Homes

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jun 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Every year, when the summer rolls around, many people wonder whether or not they should look into possibly owning or leasing a vacation home. However, a large part of the process is determining the perfect location. In our area, there are so many interesting, scenic towns to choose from. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of neighborhoods where you’ll be sure to find the best Long Island vacation homes.

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Topics: residential real estate, long island, vacation rental property, vacation rentals, vacation homes

Modern Office Technology that’s Changing the Way we Work

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jun 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With the variety of different industries and trades across the world, the global workforce is constantly being introduced to new machines and inventions. Successful companies are always on the forefront of the latest trends and innovations in their industry. If you’re trying to get the most out of your workplace, check out the newest in modern office technology.

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Topics: office space, office design, commerical real estate

Is it a Buyer’s or Seller's Market? What Each Means for You

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jun 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, it is essential that you are aware of the latest trends in the real estate market. That means you should generally know whether or not it’s a buyer’s or seller's market. Check out these easy ways to tell which is which and discover what market we’re in right now.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, Selling, seller's market

Rental Scams: The Tell-Tale Signs to Look out for and Avoid

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jun 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Trying to find the right rental property can often become a stressful, difficult and time-consuming process. Sometimes, the overwhelming desire to find the best property will cloud your judgment and prevent you from realizing that you’re getting ripped off in the form of rental scams. Therefore, here are a few obvious signs that a rental property may not be as legitimate as it seems.

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Topics: Renting, rental property, real estate investing, rental scams

Rising Real Estate Values and other Housing Trends to Watch

Posted by Collin McGorty on May 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The real estate industry relies on many different factors to influence the latest developments in housing trends. The economy and any legislation that affects it is always going to be a significant reason that the housing market fluctuates or remains stable, especially on Long Island. Therefore, you always have to pay attention to rising real estate values and any other relevant trends that may affect you and your housing situation.  

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, Selling, home value

How a Smart Home can be Both an Advantage and Disadvantage

Posted by Collin McGorty on May 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Everywhere across the world, people are beginning to convert their living spaces into fully-functional smart homes. They are residential buildings that utilize the newest and most modern technologies and innovations to bring more control to homeowners. However, owning a smart home has its fair share of pros and cons, which are further explored below.

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Topics: residential real estate, home improvement, smart home

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