Architect or Building Designer and Who Do You Choose?

Bill and Dwan Bent Twyford DIY, Home Design

Thinking of building a new home or complex? Will you use an architect or a building designer? Both are involved in the design of buildings ñ their appearance, layout, structure, and so on. But what’s the difference? The simplest difference is a legal one. To be called an ìarchitectî in NSW, you have to be …

Asset Protection for Real Estate Investors

Bill and Dwan Bent Twyford DIY, Legal

The first 10 years of my real estate investing I ran my business as a sole proprietor because I really didn’t know any better. Luckily, I survived with only minimal damages, but there comes a point when it is time to assess the best legal structure to use for real estate investing. If you ask …

Assembling your Real Estate Investing Team

Bill and Dwan Bent Twyford Creative, DIY, Inspiration

There are several important things you need to be successful in real estate investing, one of which is a great team. I’m going to talk briefly about who should be on the winning team: 1. Your Mentor – every successful entrepreneur needs a good mentor. A guide. By training under the watchful eye of one …

Alternative Housing

Bill and Dwan Bent Twyford DIY, Home Design, Inspiration, Success

Why alternative housing? To save money, to travel, to live creatively – there are many reasons why people choose to live in tents, RVs, cabins, underground homes, rental rooms and anything else that’s less common than the houses, condos and apartments that most people call home. Below are some of these housing options, and their …

Apartment Locators

peter lewis DIY, Success

When you do a search on a Search Engine for “apartments” you are going to come across two types of Website resources; apartment locator sites and apartment database sites. Which is the best for you? Well, that depends on what your needs and circumstances dictate. It also has a great deal to do with your …

Apartment Search

peter lewis DIY, Inspiration, Success

When you are apartment hunting, prepare a rental search plan. Be sure to know in advance what you want in an apartment and what you can live without. Decide in advance what areas of the city you could consider living in and make a list of apartment buildings within that perimeter. Be sure to consider …

Apartments, One Man’s Dream Is Another’s Nightmare

peter lewis DIY, Home Design, Inspiration

Apartments. Usually somebody’s first home after getting married. Can’t really say they’re relatively cheap anymore. Depending on where you live, apartments can run you anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars a month. So what does one do when looking for an apartment? Believe it or not, there are many different types, styles, and …

Appealing Property Taxes for Apartment Owners

peter lewis Creative, DIY, Investing

Property taxes are one of the largest line item costs incurred by apartment owners. However, many owners do not appeal effectively. Even though owners realize that property taxes can be managed and reduced through an appeal, some view taxes as an arbitrary estimate provided by the government which can’t effectively be appealed. It tends to …

Advertising Rental Property

peter lewis DIY, Investing

There are many different ways a landlord can advertise his / her rentals property. The kind of advertising that works best depends on numerous factors that include property characteristics, location, landlordís budget, and whether he / she is in a hurry to rent. There are many combinations of advertising methods landlords and property managers use …