Andrew Kay is an award-winning former journalist, covering sports, business and general features at a mid-sized daily newspaper. A graduate of Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, he has done extensive copywriting and marketing consulting work since 2006. Areas of expertise include content marketing, real estate and entrepreneurship. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife and two sons.
If you're selling your home, you might think the ideal situation would be to receive multiple purchase offers. And while that does offer you some leverage, the quality of offers may vary regardless of the purchase price. It's hard to compare apples to apples sometimes, and the highest dollar-figure bid might not be the most ideal for you. If you're a home seller, here's what to consider in a multiple-offer scenario. | Read More →Words: 699 Downloads: 0 Category: Real Estate By: Andrew Kay
One of the first things you might do when you're about to sell your home is picking a real estate agent to represent you. Almost half of all home sellers work with a listing agent who's a referral, but even a recommendation from someone you trust must prove that they're right for you and your home. If you think of it as a job interview, here are three questions to ask a prospective real estate agent. | Read More →Words: 700 Downloads: 0 Category: Real Estate By: Andrew Kay
If you're like most homebuyers, you're probably planning on financing your home purchase. That means you'll have to qualify for a mortgage, which in turn means you'll need a solid credit score. If yours could use some help, you're in luck. Here are four quick ways to boost your credit score. | Read More →Words: 655 Downloads: 0 Category: Real Estate By: Andrew Kay
Purchasing a home isn't as cut-and-dried as buying a loaf of bread. Yes, there's a price tag on a home for sale, but it's called an "asking price" because it's negotiable. There are other bits of give-and-take between buyers and sellers, too, such as repairs, the time period before closing, and what fixtures might be included in the purchase. Depending on market conditions, one side or the other might have the upper hand in the negotiations. If you're a homebuyer, how much can you really negotiate? | Read More →Words: 693 Downloads: 0 Category: Real Estate By: Andrew Kay
Owning a rental property seems like a good way to earn passive income, but just like any sort of business, rental properties come with costs. Over time, costs can climb faster than rental rates rise, which cuts into a rental property owner's bottom line. That means that trimming expenses is profitable. Here are five ways landlords can cut costs on a rental property. | Read More →Words: 691 Downloads: 0 Category: Real Estate By: Andrew Kay
If you're a homeowner, you're likely concerned about your home's curb appeal. The exterior appearance to viewers from the street is the first impression your home gives, and you might not realize that your front entryway could be holding you back. If you don't want to give it a major renovation, but it needs sprucing up, you're in luck. Here are five easy ways to freshen up your front entryway. | Read More →Words: 644 Downloads: 0 Category: Home Improvement By: Andrew Kay
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