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COVID-19 Impacts Jobs but Some Companies are Hiring!

March 26, 2020
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COVID-19 only entered into the vernacular within the last couple of months, but already it has shaken up every facet of society. As more and more states issue directives implementing social distancing, banning gatherings of people and closing non-essential businesses, many Americans are left without reliable sources of income. If you’re feeling anxious about your job outlook, you’re definitely not alone! Read on to find out how COVID-19 is affecting the current job market and what other opportunities might be out there.

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Don’t Let COVID-19 Scare You From Buying Your Dream Home!

March 23, 2020
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Coronavirus pandemic has injected a lot of uncertainty into today’s markets, including real estate. While some have been scared off from buying due to current events, many are also recognizing that this might be the perfect time to buy! After all, low-interest rates and anxious sellers mean that buyers have more negotiating power than before COVID-19 entered the vernacular. Buyers, including investors, are starting to take notice of this and how they might benefit from the current situation. Read on for insight into why you should consider buying now rather than waiting.

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Debt – Is it a Four-Letter Word?

February 26, 2020
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Conventional financial wisdom tells you that debt is bad and saving money is good. By this logic, debt should be avoided at all costs. However, as with most things in finance, it’s not really this simple. Yes, debt is a serious undertaking and one should not be flippant about taking on debt. Afterall, debt can quickly snowball out of control if you’re not careful and take you down with it. And yet, there are still times when acquiring debt is a smart financial move. Here are 3 instances in which acquiring debt is valid and the reasons why.

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SetSchedule Named 21st Fastest-Growing Private Company in California

February 25, 2020

Today Inc. Magazine revealed that SetSchedule is #21 on its inaugural Inc. 5000 Series: California, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing California-based private companies. The 2020 Inc. 5000 Regional Series is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2018. According to Inc. editor in chief, Scott Omelianuk “The companies on this list demonstrate just how much the small-business sector impacts California’s economy. Across every single industry, these businesses have posted revenue and growth rates that are beyond impressive, further proving the tenacity of their founders and CEOs.”

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Is a Prefabricated Home Right For You?

February 17, 2020
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Modular or prefabricated homes are structures that are built in pieces in a factory setting and then shipped in pieces to a lot. Then, the pieces are assembled into a single structure. For decades people looked down on modular homes as less desirable than stick-built homes, or homes built entirely or mostly on the lot on which they will reside. However, in recent years the prefabricated home business has grown leaps and bounds, and the structures themselves have come a long way. While there still are people who regard prefabricated homes with disdain, many have found this to be their best option for building their home haven. Read on to learn about the pros, and some cons, of opting for a prefabricated home.

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4 Strategies to Optimize your Short-Term Rental Listing

February 11, 2020
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Since 2008 when Airbnb first emerged, people are opting more and more to open their homes to short-term rentals. Before entering the short-term rental business, you want to ensure you are researching the various hoops you might have to jump through in order to operate a legit short-term rental. After researching and consulting the right people, if you determine you want to list a property as a short-term rental, you now need to consider how you will structure your listing.  After all, short-term rentals can be a lucrative opportunity for homeowners, but there is a lot of competition out there. And like other businesses, short-term rentals can live and die by reviews. To ensure that your short-term rental business is worth your time and effort as well as being profitable, here are 4 hosting strategies to optimize your listing.

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6 Investment Property Red Flags

February 6, 2020
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An investment property, or property purchased for the purpose of flipping or holding and renting, can be a lucrative asset in the best case scenario. In the worst case, they can be financial drains that result in a negative cash flow. When considering potential investment properties, there are countless variables to take into account to determine whether or not it is a smart investment. Many of these variables will be personalized, like what your expected time frame is for a return or whether you will be selling or renting the property. In addition, there are also red flags to watch out for. Not all red flags are deal breakers. However a smart investor should be aware of all red flags and the potential risks they pose before purchasing a property. Read on for a list of 6 red flags to take note of when purchasing an investment property. 

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3 Things to Consider When Listing a Short-Term Rental

February 4, 2020
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Recently you might have heard economists referring to our modern day “gig economy,” a term used to describe the increasing dependence on short term contract and freelance jobs rather than permanent positions. In this growing gig economy, people are looking towards cultivating multiple streams of revenue to safeguard themselves from market or employment fluctuations. With the rise of companies like AirBnB, HomeStay and Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner), homeowners are increasingly turning to the short term rental business to make extra money. While this can be lucrative and even rewarding, there are potential pitfalls to watch out for. Here are 3 things to keep in mind when considering renting your home for short stays.

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Pam and Gene Saxton with the Saxton Realty Group from Houston, TX!

December 23, 2019

Pam and Gene Saxton
Saxton Realty Group

Experience: 10 years
Specializations: Helping clients buy or sell their homes
Areas Served: Spring, Tomball, Cypress, NW Houston

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: Love of people and love helping others.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:  We had a man ask us to close down our Open House because he wanted to buy it and did not want any competition.

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Homeowner Associations – Cultish syndicates or neighborhood necessities?

December 19, 2019

Homeowner associations (HOAs) have always gone hand-in-hand with planned communities. The first planned community, Levittown, was established in the mid-20th century in order to provide World War II veterans with the means to acquire homes. Although there was no governing body known as a homeowners association, the deeds to the home included rules governing things like visible laundry lines. 

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