The resort and second-home marketplace differs in a true number of ways from primary residential marketplace. Buyer attention ranges from little, rustic getaways to extravagance properties, and includes a global clientele and the retirement and investment markets. Purchasing, selling, or managing 2nd homes in a vacation resort, recreational, and/or destination requires understanding of the lifestyle and recreation market, tax therapy of vacation and 2nd homes, and owning a home.

How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?

If you own a second home, chances are it’s not in the neighborhood. And there will be repairs and maintenance tasks, especially if you’re dealing with salt air, snow, or other harsh elements. How will you cope?
How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
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How to Increase Efficiency with a Property Maintenance Solution  

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3 Most Common Electrical Problems in Your Home 

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When Should I Call A Professional Plumber?

 

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It’s easy to close the door and turn a blind eye, or ear, to common plumbing problems like leaky faucets or running toilets. Unfortunately, the choice to ignore common plumbing problems is often detrimental to homeowners and property managers who also fail to recognize that these minor inconveniences lead to bigger, more expensive problems.

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Types of Electrical Repair and Services You Might Not Know Of 

Unlike a hole in the drywall or a creaky door hinge, a home’s electrical system is not something that should be touched without a professional electrician present. Electrical systems are not only fickle, but dangerous – with the possibility of electrical fires and electrocution looming over the heads of unexperienced tinkerers. This is why no property maintenance checklist is complete without a once-over from a licensed electrician. But don’t worry – they do more than just confirm that your wiring is up to code. Electricians can perform a breadth of repairs and services that don’t immediately come mind when you pick up the phone to request some help.

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You’re sweating. The temperature is steadily climbing, but why? In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, maybe you forgot to take a moment to consider your home’s most valuable player – or appliance – your air conditioning (AC) unit. Overworked and under-serviced, your air conditioner stopped working. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) issues need to be addressed quickly to prevent extreme temperature changes in the home, and to minimize the risk of flooding. The good news is that some of the most common AC issues can be fixed or prevented in just a few minutes.

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Property managers have a lot on their plate. Between overseeing contractors, renovating properties, and handling tenants’ needs, there’s a lot at stake. There’s the risk of workers being injured on the job, theft from buildings, or damage to the property, in addition to many other unfortunate scenarios. But there’s no need for these to keep you up at night. Here’s a look at some of the most serious threats to property managers and how to lower the risk of occurrence.

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Handymen can do a lot of things for you—so many that it’s often hard to keep track of all the different jobs that they can take care of. This can lead to overlap with other specialized contracting services. The question is: “How do you know when to hire a handyman versus a specialized contractor?”

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The electrical systems in a home are usually ignored by most people—until something goes wrong, at least. When a home electrical system suddenly fails, that’s when people start to take notice and try to find ways to fix it. However, it can pay to hire electrician services to make some electrical upgrades to your home sooner rather than later.

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Here’s a nightmare scenario for any homeowner or landlord: It’s Sunday morning, and the toilet on the second floor of the home is not only backed up, it’s overflowing dirty water all over the bathroom floor. The dirty water is seeping into the floor below, ruining walls, electrical systems, and ceilings. Because it’s Sunday, finding a plumbing service that’s open and available is just a little bit harder than normal.

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Both homeowners and property managers know that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems require frequent maintenance to keep working at peak efficiency—especially during summer heat waves. However, many people forget about air ducts when addressing HVAC maintenance issues..

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5 Tips for Successful Commercial Property Management

Commercial property managers are often confused with residential property managers, despite vast differences in scope of work and property types. As a commercial property manager, you’re most likely responsible for the maintenance and operational oversight of business parks, retail spaces, storage units, or other kinds of non-residential properties. Commercial properties, while sharing some similarities with residential properties (leasing agreements, tenants, etc.), come with a unique set of problems that widen the scope of a commercial property manager’s work.

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Looking to build an investment portfolio in order to bring in passive income and reach financial independence? Financial independence and retiring early (FIRE) can be achieved faster than the average person thinks—that is, if you have the discipline to devote money and time to it.

View the full article: 4 Easy Steps to Make Extra Money ($3-5K Every Month!) on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

When people ask me about whether or not they should pay off their car, it always leads to an interesting discussion. I like to tell stories, so I tell them about the time I bought an office building that ended up immediately paying for itself and a new car.

View the full article: How to Pay Off Your Car Loan Early (& Never Pay for Your Car Again!) on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

It doesn’t matter where you are in your journey to defend your assets: these basic yet essential asset protection concepts can keep you out of unnecessary legal trouble. Regardless of which specific tools you end up needing, a thorough asset protection plan should at least include the features described here.

View the full article: 5 Ways to Protect Real Estate Assets & Avoid Lawsuits on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Investing a little time, effort, and money in your vacation rental can make a huge difference in profits and create a better experience for you and your guests. Follow this checklist, and you’ll be well on your way to owning a successful and profitable vacation rental.

View the full article: 4 Tips to Turn Your Home Into a Profitable Vacation Rental on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Recently I noticed the utility expense for one of my properties was 30 percent higher than projected. Sure it wasn't fun, but solving this problem by auditing my bills ended up saving me $250 a month! Worth it! Here's how to go about auditing your utility expenses (and keeping more of your profits!).

View the full article: How I Saved Thousands by Auditing Utility Expenses on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Top performers position themselves to be victorious by having a plan, remaining focused, and being efficient. So what’s the best way to accomplish this in order to achieve our goals? The answer: leverage others. To keep costs low, you don't even need to hire someone locally. Instead, find a virtual assistant, or VA.

View the full article: Hire a Virtual Assistant for These 21 Tasks (& Supercharge Your Productivity!) on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Is being a real estate investor and being a landlord the same thing? Or are they two completely different roles? Knowing the distinction is incredibly important and can make all the difference in getting what you really want out of real estate.Get insight from an experienced investor here!

View the full article: The Difference Between “Rental Owner” and “Landlord” on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

On this episode, real estate agent and investor Robert Jones discusses how he built a cash-flowing portfolio with millions of dollars in equity in an expensive market. He’ll blow you away with his knowledge on making deals work (even through the MLS), choosing what to buy, and so much more.

View the full article: BiggerPockets Podcast 336: $900 to $4.5MM Net Worth by 34 with Robert Jones on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Overwhelmed by the thought of landing that first multifamily property? Break down the process to make it achievable! Here's how.

View the full article: The Achievable 8-Step Process to Land Your Very First Multifamily Deal on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Converting your home into a rental property means more than just signing a lease! Protect yourself—and your home—with these six money-saving tips.

View the full article: Converting Your Home to a Rental: 6 Tips to Protect You & Your Property on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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People are constantly telling me that they can't find deals in today's real estate market. It's too competitive. So I want to eliminate all those excuses and give you 27 ways to find good deals. Here they are.

View the full article: 27 Ways to Find Real Estate Deals on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Is your rental listing getting lost in a sea of competition? Stand out -- and attract the tenants you want -- with these 5 smart tips.

View the full article: 5 Tips for Writing Rental Property Listings Your Ideal Tenants Will Read on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Investors beware: Today we’re talking about the top three people who might rip you off the most when you invest in real estate.

View the full article: The Top 3 People Most Likely to Rip You Off in Real Estate Investing on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Let’s talk about gender in terms of investing. Here are some basics on how women are the same as men when they purchase an investment: we like money. We like when our money makes us more money. Now that we’ve established that, here are some ways women are different than men when it comes to buying properties.

View the full article: 4 Differences Between the Way Women & Men Invest in Real Estate on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Real estate investing is a competitive business. There are lots of talented people looking for the same awesome deals, because as the saying goes, you make money when you buy. This is why it’s important to create a buying strategy that has considerable equity capture at the time of purchase. Enter: the short sale.

View the full article: Short Sales: Make Money on Deals That 98% of Investors Would Pass On on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Let's talk about networking—both locally at meetups and digitally on sites like BiggerPockets. Most people know they need to step up their networking game to succeed in business, but they can’t get past a certain mental hurdle. So, here's a short list of tips to point you in the right direction, even if you're shy.

View the full article: Hey, Introverts! Here Are 4 Ways to Be a Better Networker on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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House hacking is an innovative strategy that only requires the purchase of one property to completely eliminate your biggest expense: your housing! And if you do it right, you could even create monthly cash flow on top of that. It's simple. Here's how.

View the full article: House Hacking 101: How to “Hack” Your Housing (and Get Paid to Live for Free!) on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

You’ve got an idea; you’re ready to take over the world. Where to start... Write a business plan? Buy equipment? Take out a loan? Wrong, according to guest Alan Donegan. Alan founded the PopUp Business School to teach a different approach—one that encourages entrepreneurs to measure feedback before they go into debt.

View the full article: BiggerPockets Business Podcast 09: The Secret to Starting a Risk-Free, Debt-Free Business QUICKLY with Alan Donegan on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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In this roundup of different deal structures, market pressures and liens brought the sellers to us and our due diligence paid off. Here I’ll explain how you can navigate exceptional circumstances to favorable terms by sharing two stories about motivated sellers who benefited from non-traditional deals.

View the full article: How We Found an Extra $400K on Two Properties on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Want to get your feet wet in the multifamily real estate business as an active investor but not sure where to start? Buying and holding an apartment is one of the easier real estate investment strategies, so it may just be perfect for you! Here's what you need to know. 

View the full article: Buy and Hold 101: How to Evaluate Investment Properties on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

My company does real estate deals differently. Our systems dramatically increase the odds of getting a tenant buyer to the mortgage-ready stage, setting them up to succeed. Despite that, life events do occur. But once you understand how to pivot when this happens, you’ll remain profitable. Here's an example.

View the full article: A Deal Gone Awry (Twice!) & How I Recovered (Profitably!) on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Wholesaling is a profitable way to get started in real estate, even when you have little money. But is it legal? The answer is: It depends. Make sure you're staying on the right side of the law (AND learn how to start profiting) with these strategies!

View the full article: Is Real Estate Wholesaling Illegal? (Maybe, But Not If You Follow These Strategies…) on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Parents are supposed to know everything, and talking about money is impolite. So how do you make sure your parents are taken care of and that their wishes are followed throughout their golden years? Author Cameron Huddleston shares the story of the journey through her mother’s finances pre- and post-Alzheimer's.

View the full article: BiggerPockets Money Podcast 78: How to Talk to Your Parents About Money with Cameron Huddleston on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Timm and Sherri were flush with enough money to have a fourplex and significant savings by their 30s. With the goal of generating enough income to retire well-off, they decided to invest in more real estate and sought professional guidance. Fast forward to their 40s, and they've already met their goal—and then some.

View the full article: Couple Will Retire Early on $250K/Year Through Real Estate Investing—Here’s How on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Let's talk about how to make money in high-crime areas and rougher parts of town. The first thing that you need to do is go to a pawn shop and get a bulletproof vest, a gun, and a taser. Because all of these things are important when it comes to collecting rents. Guys, I’m joking.

View the full article: How to Make Money on Real Estate in High-Crime Areas on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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When you're scaling your wholesaling business, it's VITAL to lead your team in the right direction. Learn a few lessons from famous leaders here!

View the full article: Top 5 Leadership Principles for Real Estate Wholesalers on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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“The grass is always greener on the other side,” right? But then you hop the fence, take a closer look, and discover it was an illusion. The same can be said of buying properties outside your local area. Just because you live in a high-priced market doesn't mean investing elsewhere will be more profitable. Here's why.

View the full article: Tough Local Market? 3 Reasons Investing Out of State Is NOT the Solution on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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People are a part of every deal, but in a recent case, we added an inherited renter—and their rent—to the package. We were actually happy to keep them at this multi-structure property, as we used it to sweeten the deal for the buyer. Here's how you can do the same.

View the full article: Tenant in Place? Here’s How to Turn It Into a Selling Point on The BiggerPockets Blog | Real Estate Investing & Personal Finance Advice. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.