1. Is Our House A Lemon?

    Reader Question: Is Our House A Lemon? We bought our home about six months ago. The house seemed perfect. It is very well-kept, and it came through the home inspection with flying colors. We have met some friendly neighbors, and we love living here. That said, we have experienced some expensive issues; the water heater […]

    November 5, 2018
  2. I am considering investing in real estate. Can you explain how people avoid taxes just by owning property?

      Reader Question: I am considering investing in real estate. Can you explain how people avoid taxes just by owning property? Monty’s Answer: Real estate investors do not invest in real estate to avoid taxes. They invest in real estate to build wealth. Appreciation, income, and depreciation create wealth in real estate. Depreciation is also […]

    October 16, 2018
  3. Is a full-time house sitter a good idea?

    Reader Question: We have a chance to take a six-month trip to Australia. We have always cared for our home ourselves. We have several pets, yard work, maintenance items and other responsibilities. Is a full-time house sitter a good idea? Monty’s Answer: The internet has allowed the advance of this business model which has fueled […]

    September 25, 2017
  4. Have we made costly homeowner mistakes? Agents are stating one of our bedrooms is not a bedroom. Can this be true?

    Reader Question: Did we make some costly homeowner mistakes? We are selling our home we bought 40 years ago. We finished the unfinished upstairs ourselves to save money after we bought it. We raised four children here. Now the real estate agents say because one of the bedrooms is accessed through another bedroom and lacks a […]

    August 21, 2017
  5. Will adding solar panels affect the value of my home?

    Reader Question: ​How will adding solar panels to my home affect its value? Are the panels an asset or a liability? Does their value change with time? ​Monty’s Answer: You are asking questions that rely on science and future events that are beyond the scope of my expertise. With that qualification, here is one person’s […]

    August 7, 2017
  6. Do you have any tips on taking care of a home?

    Reader Question: We will be buying our own home in the next year or so. There are numerous published articles about the hidden costs of home maintenance and caring for a home that offer conflicting information. Do you have any tips on taking care of a home? Monty’s Answer: Taking good care of a home […]

    July 31, 2017