1. Can a real estate transaction be illegal?

    Reader Question: Is it illegal if a real estate agent has a grandmother purchase a home for them when they are not going to move in the home? They had their grandmother sign all papers as though she was buying the home, and the money came from the agent. There was no mortgage needed. They then […]

    February 18, 2014
  2. Raise rents right now, or wait a bit?

      Reader Question: Hello, Monty! We are “babe in the woods” investors. We have a duplex in Portland, Oregon. We are not sure whether to raise rents at this time. Expenses have gone up about 5% since January 2013, in line with inflation in the state. Everyone’s heard the bad job data, and we’re afraid […]

    February 11, 2014
  3. To move or not to move… the house?

    Reader Question: We own a one-acre lot on a street with mostly half-acre lots. We are considering splitting the lot into two half-acre lots. The only problem is the house is in the middle. It would cost about 75k to move the house to one side. Would it make sense to divide the lot? Elizabeth […]

    February 3, 2014