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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. You can read more of her writing at whywemoney.com

What is “subject to”? What are the pros and cons for real estate investing?

2020-09-25T10:39:11-05:00

In the world of real estate investing, investors have many tools at their disposal. “Subject to” is one approach some investors use successfully in their business. This article will cover what it means to do a subject to deal, and the pros and cons for real estate investing. We’ll also discuss the types of subject [...]

What is “subject to”? What are the pros and cons for real estate investing? 2020-09-25T10:39:11-05:00

What is hard money lending? How to make it work for you

2020-07-13T10:41:30-05:00

As a real estate investor, you need borrowing options. The flexible investor that makes things happen fast often comes out ahead, especially in a competitive market.  That’s why many real estate investors rely on hard money lending to build their businesses.  In the past, a few dishonest lenders blemished the reputation of this loan method. [...]

What is hard money lending? How to make it work for you 2020-07-13T10:41:30-05:00

What is wholetailing? Is it the best strategy for you? Wholetailing vs Wholesaling

2020-06-17T11:33:24-05:00

Are you a real estate investor or thinking about becoming one? You’ve probably heard wholesaling is a great way to get started. Wholesaling can work well for many, but there’s another, less well-known strategy to consider called wholetailing.  In wholetailing, the property is actually purchased and resold, instead of selling the contract for a fee, [...]

What is wholetailing? Is it the best strategy for you? Wholetailing vs Wholesaling 2020-06-17T11:33:24-05:00

Do you know a local hero? Giving thanks to the heroes in our community

2020-04-30T16:43:06-05:00

"Hero (noun):  a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability an illustrious warrior a person admired for achievements and noble qualities one who shows great courage.”  - Merriam-Webster Dictionary What makes a hero? The dictionary definition speaks of mythological figures and illustrious warriors. But real heroes are not [...]

Do you know a local hero? Giving thanks to the heroes in our community 2020-04-30T16:43:06-05:00

Your complete guide for moving to Des Moines with pets

2019-06-30T13:36:28-05:00

Moving is stressful enough for humans. Imagine how stressful it must be for our furry friends! Most pets handle a move without too much trouble, but others get a little anxious with all the changes. As a pet owner, there are things you can do to make Fido and Felix’s move easier - and less [...]

Your complete guide for moving to Des Moines with pets 2019-06-30T13:36:28-05:00

Bike, Hike, or Paddle Des Moines: Find the best trail for you

2020-07-30T11:06:31-05:00

If you think Des Moines isn’t a great place for outdoor adventures, think again! Iowa is a beautiful place to live, work, and play.  In fact, Iowa has over 2000 miles of trail systems, with over 800 miles in and around the Des Moines area. Des Moines’ extensive bike trail system can get you anywhere [...]

Bike, Hike, or Paddle Des Moines: Find the best trail for you 2020-07-30T11:06:31-05:00

The pros and cons of a counteroffer: Negotiating in real estate

2019-08-19T14:07:28-05:00

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you might have to negotiate a counteroffer. Counteroffers have their pros and cons. Though they can help you get a better deal, when taken too far they can kill a deal altogether. The pros and cons of a counteroffer: Negotiating in real estate What is a counteroffer? Whether [...]

The pros and cons of a counteroffer: Negotiating in real estate 2019-08-19T14:07:28-05:00

How to find a good plumber, electrician, or HVAC tech

2019-06-03T08:16:20-05:00

Do you need a pro to do repairs or maintenance on your home? Whether you need a plumber, electrician, or HVAC tech - with so many out there, it’s hard to know who to call. You don’t want to hire just any professional, you want to hire the right one for you. Use our guide [...]

How to find a good plumber, electrician, or HVAC tech 2019-06-03T08:16:20-05:00

How to save on the cost of your utilities

2019-05-31T09:25:08-05:00

Unless you’re adventurous enough to live off the grid, utility bills are a fact of life. Some areas of the country are more expensive than others. But no matter where you live, the cost of your utilities can significantly impact your monthly cash flow. Did you know the average American spends over $400 each month [...]

How to save on the cost of your utilities 2019-05-31T09:25:08-05:00

Practical Tips on Unclogging Outdoor Drain Pipes

2019-05-31T09:24:27-05:00

Article by Emily Kahn Every time it rains or snow melts, some properties have a tendency to flood. This can potentially cause a lot of damage that is expensive to remedy. Many homeowners have outside drains that are designed to effectively drain excess water away from the house and outside concrete structures towards the community's [...]

Practical Tips on Unclogging Outdoor Drain Pipes 2019-05-31T09:24:27-05:00