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Despite your best efforts to lease your rental property only to well-qualified tenants who pass your screening process, not every tenant works out. Some tenants stop paying rent. Others refuse to follow the rules. Eventually, you make the decision to evict and bring in a better tenant. But before you evict a tenant, make sure you are following the laws of your state. Failure to follow the proper legal procedures can result in plenty of trouble for you, and an undesirable tenant still living in your property.
Can’t find a house in your price range? In some parts of America, homes are cheaper than the cars in the garages. In my hometown of Titonka, Iowa (pop. 880), my family recently put my great-aunt Katherine’s house on the market for $20,000. They got $9,750. That’s already staggeringly cheap, but compared with my current city of Washington, D.C., the contrasts are dizzying. A one-room house recently went up for sale in the Capitol Hill neighborhood for $248,500. D.C. real estate website Urban Turf this week highlighted the “studio house,” which is described on realtor.com as an example of “extreme simplicity.”
The daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev has bought the Greek resort island where shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis famously married Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960s. Greek media reports on Saturday placed the value of Skorpios island at over $100 million and said Ekaterina Rybolovleva, 24, wanted it not only for leisure but also business purposes.
One of Britain’s most media-savvy and stylish couples, David Beckham and his wife, Victoria Beckham have put their palatial estate, the ‘Beckingham Palace’ on the market for an undisclosed amount. This high secured estate, in all its grandeur was the destination for much of the couple’s get together for their elite group of friends. But being picky about whom they sell to, they have laid down the condition that the home should go to a family and not builders, who might be tempted to restructure the palace and build smaller flats in place.
Damac Properties is giving away luxury Audi’s with properties bought during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). Clients who purchase the Penthouse suite at Burjside Boulevard, or the signature collection at Ocean Heights, will receive a free 2014 Audi R8.
Our last post was about whether or not allowing tenants to do their own repairs is a good idea (we say, “not”). We’ve also heard about landlords who won’t allow tenants to perform their own repairs, but require them to be present while the repairs are being done. Of course, a tenant with a leaking dishwasher would need to be notified of the day and time the plumber is coming by. But it’s not the tenant’s responsibility to stick around to let the plumber in and to lock up when he or she leaves.
Christmas is only a stone’s throw away! Can you believe it? Jingle bells, wrapping paper, snowmen, loads of glitter … a beautiful wreath on the door to welcome all your guests! And the best wreaths are not but, but made! So, here’s a list of some of our favorite DIY finds. From burlap to wine corks, these projects are creative, fun and most importantly, festive!
Curtains have a double function. Besides their ability to offer protection and shade during the sunny summer days and mornings, they also have a decorative function. The curtains can really change the aspect of a room. They are often used to add color and texture to a certain space. This means you have to be extra careful when choosing the fabric, texture and color. Here are a few do’s and don’ts.
If you own rental property in vacation areas, or a second home that you rent out, things may be looking up. According to a report from HomeAway, an online vacation rental site, 72% of vacation rental owners in markets where summer is considered peak season reported summer occupancy rates of 76% or higher. That’s an increase of 8% over the summer of 2011.
During the time when I went to school I enjoyed the Arts and Craft lessons because we could do many unusual things with our own hands. I learned how to fold paper and to make different shapes like planes and flowers, water cups and little boats. The shape changed every time you folded the paper again and you got something new.