Becoming a landlord might be a good way to earn income, considering the increases in rented U.S. households. Being a landlord requires someone to know their state’s landlord-tenant laws and handle necessary repairs and upgrades to make properties safe for tenants. Landlords can maximize their profit and save money by managing their properties themselves and performing regular maintenance. Forgo Consulting Professional Property Managers Property management companies that offer to market properties, screen applicants, meet with tenants, and handle rent collection for landlords can be efficient, but expensive due to various fees or monthly payments. Landlords who take care of marketing, tenant screening, rent collection, and maintenance themselves can save money. People can list their rental properties online without cost on listing sites such as Craigslist or Zillow Rental Manager, or create a blog post advertising the rental units they have available in apartment complexes. Deciding against using property managers allows…

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The state of North Carolina has become a popular destination for young professionals, growing families, and retirees. With a great climate, stunning scenery, thriving job market, and the nicest neighbors around, it’s hard to come up with an excuse not to move there. The Atlantic Coast, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Piedmont Region give a variety of culture and outdoor recreation for residents to enjoy year-round. Before preparing for your move to North Carolina, here’s what you need to know before moving to the Tarheel State.  Cost Of Living  North Carolina has a vastly lower cost of living than most states due to low rent, affordable housing, and low taxes. The housing market is thriving, with the average age of a house between 10 and 20 years old. The median cost of a house is $167,000 and the median cost of rent is $1,250.  Homeownership comes with the responsibility of…

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It’s no secret that car dealerships are facing trouble as a new decade approaches. Thanks to changes in technology and the ease with which people can hail a car using apps like Uber or Lyft, car dealerships and automakers alike are looking for better ways to appeal to consumers.  While it’s true that there are no silver bullets to make your job as a dealer easier, there are several tools that you can leverage to improve your business. If you’re looking to gain a competitive edge in the auto market, here are a few secrets that dealerships need to pay attention to.  One way to increase your profits is to decrease your expenses. While this is no secret to any business owner, thinking about this problem creatively is one way to get ahead in the auto market. A dealership that is running as lean as possible has a much higher…

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In the digital age, many businesses have moved a portion of their sales to e-commerce platforms online. However, there is often still a demand for these brick-and-mortar businesses to also sell their products in person. In some situations and industries, in-person traffic is much better than online traffic, since people can purchase an item or good with more confidence. While great strides have been made in the world of clothing sales online, the fact remains that many people would rather purchase in person than online so that they can try their clothes on in-person. If you’re interested in boosting your sales by increasing foot traffic to your store, here are three surefire solutions to try. Use geofencing to your advantage What’s one of the major reasons that so many people have switched to buying items online instead of in-person? Convenience. However, what many people don’t realize is how it can…

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If you’ve decided “I want to sell my house in Orange County, and I need to do it fast,” then you have a few important things to do to prepare your home for selling. When you’re looking to sell your home to a reputable buyer in California, you need to ensure your home is in the best condition possible to attract ideal buyers. And while obvious things need to be done, such as getting your home appraised and actually listing it for sale, a few other important steps need to be taken, too, if you want your house to sell fast. Post the best photos possible To attract great buyers, you need to market your home in the best way possible and this involves taking great pictures of your home. Taking pictures of a house isn’t always as easy as it seems. In fact, a lot of sellers post unflattering…

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Many people in the United States are considering starting a business. Being the boss and being self-employed is ideal for some people for many reasons. Commonly cited aspects of being the boss of oneself that makes such a business venture appealing to most people are the flexibility of the job, the ability to do something enjoyable, being in charge, and being able to create jobs for others. The landscape of businesses and the workforce in the United States has seen constant reshaping over time that has made self-employment more attainable reality and no longer just an idea. In 2014, Bentley University surveyed 1,031 respondents aged 18 to 34. The survey concluded that starting a business was a likable concept among 66 percent of respondents, working for themselves was likable for 37 percent, and 25 percent liked the prospect of being the owner of a company. Business owners typically create businesses in…

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No matter the house, you might find a time to say “goodbye.” This could be because of a new job. Maybe the house isn’t large enough for you to start a family. Or maybe, you’ve grown older and taking care of an entire house has simply become far too much work. For many, this means that it’s time to refinance a mortgage and start looking at the market. However, for a handful of more senior homeowners, you have more to consider if you’re looking to offload your property and scale to something a bit more reasonable. What is refinancing? When it comes to loans and mortgages, refinancing is typically a fancy way of saying “replacing.” Most commonly, this is done when a loan is a bit too risky or expensive. Many times, you’re able to refinance that loan into a better, more agreeable one. It’s a savvy way to acquire…

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All across this nation, people have a problem: Too much stuff. No, this isn’t “affluenza” — or, at least, that isn’t the only problem. You don’t have to be rich to find yourself surrounded by clutter, but even being wealth and owning a big house isn’t a solution: Experts agree that our clutter problem has gotten worse even as American houses have more than doubled in size since the 1950s. Whatever’s behind this, it’s clear that Americans are overwhelmed by their own stuff. Memphis, Tennessee, is not immune to this problem. While less packed than some other American cities, Memphis has plenty of cozy homes and small apartments (besides, we just talked about how easy it is to get overwhelmed even in larger spaces). That’s why it’s crucial for Memphis residents to know how to better declutter, organize, and store their possessions. Reclaim your space. Turn records, photos, and more…

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For many people living in the United States, the holiday season can be a time of relaxation, celebration, togetherness, and family. Preparing for the holidays usually includes the hustle and bustle of shopping for decorations and gifts. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the average amount of money consumers reported they would spend on holiday shopping in 2018 was expected to be up 4.1 percent from what they approximated they would spend in 2017.  Research shows that a growing number of consumers do their holiday shopping, in person and online, during Thanksgiving weekend. Black Friday is an especially-busy shopping day. In fact, 60 percent of holiday shoppers begin browsing items and making purchases in November. Holiday shopping is something many Americans look forward to even before the holiday season officially begins. 21 percent of holiday shoppers reported that they plan to start shopping in October, and 18 percent of…

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All across this nation, people have a problem: Too much stuff. No, this isn’t “affluenza” — or, at least, that isn’t the only problem. You don’t have to be rich to find yourself surrounded by clutter, but even being wealth and owning a big house isn’t a solution: Experts agree that our clutter problem has gotten worse even as American houses have more than doubled in size since the 1950s. Whatever’s behind this, it’s clear that Americans are overwhelmed by their own stuff. Memphis, Tennessee, is not immune to this problem. While less packed than some other American cities, Memphis has plenty of cozy homes and small apartments (besides, we just talked about how easy it is to get overwhelmed even in larger spaces). That’s why it’s crucial for Memphis residents to know how to better declutter, organize, and store their possessions. Reclaim your space. Turn records, photos, and more…

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