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The Real Estate Industry Insurgency

The Real Estate Industry Insurgency

    Most great businesses solve a big problem. SoloPro began the day I decided to break into my own house. Well, it technically wasn’t my house (yet) and the vacant house’s back door was easily opened (it is now much more secured). But as an experienced home buyer I knew that using a buyer’s agent ...

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“Should I Invest In Real Estate?  Or Buy Stocks?”

“Should I Invest In Real Estate? Or Buy Stocks?”

A reader writes: "My spouse and I are in our late 60s and we've wanted to buy an investment property near our home for a long time. Our current home is almost paid for and we have no consumer debt. "I'm looking to make a move on the condo purchase with IRA funds, but have not done it yet. Looks like if I rent it ...

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Don’t buy a home on active duty

Don’t buy a home on active duty

. A reader writes: "My spouse and I don't have a house to use as a tax shelter. We are transferring to a new duty station on the coast for 22 months and I am seriously thinking about buying a house there. Why throw away money on rent when we can buy and have a mortgage of about half of our housing allowance? It's ...

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Why Military Should Buy Real Estate in Hawaii

Why Military Should Buy Real Estate in Hawaii

A few of you exceptionally brave readers have asked me to write about Hawaii real estate. Better yet, I found local professional realtor Randy Prothero to discuss the subject.   Buying a home in Hawaii could be a means to an end. Your BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) combined with your VA benefit, will give ...

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Seven Benefits of the VA Home Loan

Seven Benefits of the VA Home Loan

This guest post is from Randy Prothero, a Hawaii real estate agent and team leader of “The Prothero Group” at Island Style Realty, an Oahu Real Estate Team.   The VA loan is a government backed, but privately lended, home loan available to veterans or those currently serving in the military (including ...

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Extreme home improvement: DIY photovoltaic array

Extreme home improvement: DIY photovoltaic array

Local solar? Last week's post on photovoltaic systems presented the finances without much engineering. We had a guest post this week on more photovoltaic "rent vs own" decisions, but this post will focus on the construction. When I describe the system that we built, our choices were mostly driven by finances. ...

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