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About Amanda Kruse

Amanda has lived in the Des Moines area since 1999, where she and her husband have bought and sold a handful of homes over the years, including a recent flip. Amanda enjoys writing, obsesses about personal finance and is fond of looking at houses. She loves sharing useful tips and info to make life easier for anyone wanting to buy or sell a home. In her spare time, Amanda cherishes time with her family, volunteers with IHYC, gardens, hikes, and practices TaeKwonDo.

What are closing costs and who pays for what?

2019-02-15T11:12:10+00:00

If you’re buying or selling a home, you might be surprised at the number of closing costs associated with a real estate transaction. Closing costs can add up to thousands of dollars, depending on the loan and the details of the transaction. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need to know who pays [...]

What are closing costs and who pays for what? 2019-02-15T11:12:10+00:00

When is the best time to buy a house? Your 2019 Guide

2019-02-15T10:33:37+00:00

Are you thinking about buying a home this year? You want to get the best price in the neighborhood of your choice. So if you’re planning to buy a house in 2019, you might wonder - when is the best time to buy a house? While there’s no “perfect” time to buy, there are a [...]

When is the best time to buy a house? Your 2019 Guide 2019-02-15T10:33:37+00:00

Who’s your hero? Meet ours!

2019-01-09T15:25:02+00:00

Heroes aren’t just legends from mythology and characters in Marvel movies. Heroes don’t have superhuman powers, don a cape, and know how to fly. Heroes are average people just like you and me. They have families and work and lives much the same as our own. We all have the makings of a hero within [...]

Who’s your hero? Meet ours! 2019-01-09T15:25:02+00:00

Networking is the #1 thing to do to be successful in real estate investing

2018-12-20T16:40:56+00:00

When you think about what it takes to be successful in real estate investing, you probably think about cash flow and financing and knowledge of the real estate market. I think the one thing that helps the most but is the most undervalued is networking. My husband and I dove, or rather belly flopped, right [...]

Networking is the #1 thing to do to be successful in real estate investing 2018-12-20T16:40:56+00:00

How to buy a house: The ultimate step by step guide

2018-12-07T11:28:00+00:00

Buying a house is an exciting time! You dream of all the possibilities a new home holds. You think about how your life will be different when you move. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. However, it’s important to remember that a house is likely the biggest purchase you will ever make. It's [...]

How to buy a house: The ultimate step by step guide 2018-12-07T11:28:00+00:00

Ways to protect your home while you’re away

2018-12-12T16:59:54+00:00

Are you leaving on a much-needed vacation, traveling to visit family, or on a business trip? You want to protect your home while you’re away. Of course, you could install a home security system if you don’t already have one. But even if you have a home security system, there are steps you can take [...]

Ways to protect your home while you’re away 2018-12-12T16:59:54+00:00

What to look for in a good property manager

2018-11-29T06:51:34+00:00

If you’re a real estate investor - or are thinking about becoming one - you’ve probably considered hiring a property manager. Perhaps you’ve already hired one, but you’re ready to find someone new. But before you hire someone, you need to know what to look for in a good property manager. Finding a good property [...]

What to look for in a good property manager 2018-11-29T06:51:34+00:00

10 best tips for selling your house when you have kids

2018-11-12T13:32:57+00:00

There’s a lot to do when you’re getting ready to sell your house. From making small repairs to cleaning everything, getting ready can be time-consuming. Add kids to the mix and things can get a bit overwhelming. But it can be done - without a ton of stress. It just takes planning.  Tips for selling [...]

10 best tips for selling your house when you have kids 2018-11-12T13:32:57+00:00

Traditional vs Flat Fee Real Estate Broker: Which is Best?

2018-10-23T13:30:48+00:00

We all like to save money. However, when it comes to selling your house quickly and for top dollar, you essentially get what you pay for. If you’re thinking about selling your house, you need to know the difference between a flat fee broker and a traditional broker. Flat Fee Broker vs. Traditional Broker Flat Fee [...]

Traditional vs Flat Fee Real Estate Broker: Which is Best? 2018-10-23T13:30:48+00:00

Real estate wholesaling: Is it illegal in Iowa?

2018-11-28T12:08:46+00:00

Real estate wholesaling is often suggested as an easy, low-cost way to make money in real estate. But there are misconceptions about the legalities of wholesaling. Before you jump into wholesaling, you need to know what is legal and what is not. Much of the information out there leads you to believe that wholesaling is [...]

Real estate wholesaling: Is it illegal in Iowa? 2018-11-28T12:08:46+00:00