Coakley Realty Blog

How you Know You Have A Good Property Manager

Posted on: 04 February, 2016

A property manager is essentially the middle man between landlords and tenants. They collect rent, hire repairmen, and keep the property updated. They ensure that buildings are maintained and that things run smoothly. All of this requires, as Liam Neeson says in...

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Should I Appeal My Real Estate Property Taxes?

Posted on: 15 December, 2015

Are you considering appealing your property taxes? You’re not alone. As a Maryland homeowner, you know that the second biggest expense—after your mortgage—is typically your property taxes. With 30 to 60 percent of taxable property being over-assessed, there's a good chance you're...

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Do I Need a Property Manager to Rent My Home?

Posted on: 31 March, 2015

Although it's not mandatory to have a property manager to rent your home, the benefits can be spectacular. Being a landlord is a very time-consuming and often frustrating task, but with the help of a professional property management company, you...

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Ring in the New Year with a New Home

Posted on: 19 January, 2015

What is your New Year’s Resolution going to be this year? Do you want to spend fewer nights in front of the TV and more time at the gym? Do you want to read more books or spend more time...

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How to Rent Out Your Property

Posted on: 12 December, 2014

Do you have a property in the DC metro area that you’re interested in renting out? This is often a more difficult task than people imagine. The real estate market in our area is very competitive, so it’s important that...

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10 Things to Look for When Buying a House

Posted on: 27 October, 2014

Buying a house elicits some of the same emotions as planning a wedding. You feel excitement and nervousness—and you’ll have plenty of sleepless nights leading up to the big day. Before you decide to buy a house, it’s important to...

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What Happens on Closing Day?

Posted on: 03 October, 2014

Closing day is the conclusion of a long and exciting process of buying a home—it’s when you finally get to sign on the dotted line (many, many times) and get the keys to your new home. But what, exactly, happens...

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What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?

Posted on: 02 September, 2014

The purpose of private mortgage insurance (PMI) is to protect the lender in case you, the borrower, default on your monthly house payments. If you fail to pay, the insurance provider pays the lender. However, mortgage lenders don’t require all...

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