How to Find the Best Fixer Upper to Remodel

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A row of colorful houses in Washington DC.

You most likely know that I have a passion for real estate, and finding homes to renovate can be one of the best parts of the business. But if you don’t know where to look or how to find these properties, it can get really overwhelming and discouraging. That’s why I decided to put together a list of a few … Read More

How to Avoid Over-Rehabbing a Property

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Over-rehabbing a property is a bad idea if you actually want to make a profit in the end. Follow these tips for staying within budget and making good deals on properties.

Whenever people ask me what the worst thing they could do as a home remodeler is, I always tell them over-rehabbing a property. If you accidentally overbid on a house or your remodel starts to go overbudget, it’s tempting to continue moving forward and set your asking price higher when you are finished. After all, won’t people be willing to … Read More

Hilary’s Favorite Materials for Any Rehab

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Don't get stuck at the hardware store wondering what materials you should buy. Hilary's favorite materials are perfect go-to solutions for any rehab.

If you’re like me, you aren’t planning on rehabbing just one or two houses a year. In fact, once you get your real estate investing business going, you probably plan on rehabbing multiple houses in a month. If that’s the case, you can help yourself out big-time by knowing the best materials to use on all your rehabs. When you … Read More

How to Make a Decision on a Home Sight Unseen

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Making a decision on a home sight unseen can be stressful and risky. Here are some great tips for deciding whether the home is worth your time and money or not.

When you read advice about home renovations — from myself or any other expert on the subject — you’ll hear that the worst mistake you can make is not doing your homework. If you don’t research the local market trends, market prices for nearby comps, potential liens on the property, etc., you’re asking for problems. You don’t want to buy … Read More

When is the Best Time to Buy a Property?

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People are always wondering when the best time to buy a property is. The answer is always right now. The worst thing you can do is wait around for the "right time" to come along.

Whenever people find out about what I do, they always have questions about real estate, usually pertaining to tips for remodeling a house, etc. I love answering these questions. I could talk about real estate investing all day long. Although, I’ve noticed that there is one question that tends to come up more often than others. People want to know … Read More

How to Write a Great Real Estate Ad

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Learning how to write a great real estate ad will help you sell those properties that you've worked so hard on remodeling and rehabbing.

When people come to the Rules of Renovation events, they usually expect to learn about how to start real estate investing. They often don’t consider all of the things that go into creating and running a successful real estate investing business. For example, many Rules of Renovation students expect to hear about tricks and tips for finding and building a … Read More

3 Habits of Successful Home Renovators

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These 3 habits are important for home renovators to adopt if they want to be successful in the real estate investing business.

Being a successful home renovator is about more than just finding great deals, getting rehabs done on time, and selling the homes at a decent profit. Yes, those are the bare bones of renovating, but to be truly successful in this business you have to embrace the fact that you’re not just a renovator—you’re a real estate entrepreneur. You are … Read More

4 Surprising Staging Tips You Need to Know

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I like to think of staging as the finishing touch on a job well done with my house remodels. When I buy houses, they’re almost always wrecked. There’ll be rotted floorboards, destroyed bathrooms, and even graffiti inside and out. Then within a few weeks of hard work, I have a beautifully rehabbed house that almost anyone would love living in. … Read More