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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

The best property management tips to save time, money, & sanity

2019-05-22T10:00:35-05:00

Whether you’re a first-time property manager with a single property or have years of experience managing many properties, you’re always looking for ways to improve. You not only want to be successful and do a great job - but you want to be super efficient with your time and your money. Below, we’ve put together [...]

The best property management tips to save time, money, & sanity 2019-05-22T10:00:35-05:00

30+ things to keep the kids busy this summer in Des Moines

2019-05-22T08:52:44-05:00

Summer is coming! The kids are super excited. They look forward to sleeping in, playing all day, swimming, camp...and most of all the freedom from the school routine! But as parents, we know that excitement will wane. It won’t be long before we start to hear “I’m bored!” or “There’s nothing to do!” or we [...]

30+ things to keep the kids busy this summer in Des Moines 2019-05-22T08:52:44-05:00

How to flip a house: The 6 best steps for success

2019-09-12T14:41:44-05:00

When it comes to real estate investing, house flipping is more popular than ever. TV shows on networks like HGTV have made it even more appealing - even to those who’ve never dipped their toes in the real estate investing waters before. While the TV shows make it look simple and, dare I say, even [...]

How to flip a house: The 6 best steps for success 2019-09-12T14:41:44-05:00

Des Moines is one of the best places to live in the USA

2019-05-16T09:21:47-05:00

If you live in Des Moines, Iowa, or are thinking about moving here, you’ve made an excellent decision! It’s the fastest growing city in the Midwest for a reason. U.S. News & World Report recently released their list of Best Places to Live in the USA for 2019 - and Des Moines made the top [...]

Des Moines is one of the best places to live in the USA 2019-05-16T09:21:47-05:00

Why a landlord should have clear rental standards

2019-05-30T10:56:48-05:00

As a real estate investor and landlord, one of your top goals is finding the best tenants to rent your property...and keeping them. You want to find great tenants who will pay rent on time, every time. You want tenants who will follow the terms of the lease and take care of your property. And [...]

Why a landlord should have clear rental standards 2019-05-30T10:56:48-05:00

Emergency supplies you need to have at home (no matter what)

2019-04-09T12:47:27-05:00

Can you imagine several days without electricity? Or running water? Or even...even internet (oh my)?! Going days without the internet probably isn’t as big a deal as it seems. But going days without power or running water would be challenging, at the very least. Most of us are fortunate enough to have never experienced extended [...]

Emergency supplies you need to have at home (no matter what) 2019-04-09T12:47:27-05:00

Your guide to the basic steps on how to rent your house

2019-12-18T13:54:01-06:00

Did you buy a house as an investment property? Are you moving and can’t sell your home? Did you inherit a house and aren’t sure what to do with it? Whatever your reason for renting your house, you need to do it right from the beginning. Taking the right steps means taking a little extra [...]

Your guide to the basic steps on how to rent your house 2019-12-18T13:54:01-06:00

Buying a House? Things to Look for When You’re at Showings

2019-06-27T13:49:24-05:00

When you’re buying a new house, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. You might fall in love with the floor plan, the gorgeous trees in the backyard, or the large master suite. But, before you get your heart set on that perfect house, take a closer look. Sometimes, even homes that appear [...]

Buying a House? Things to Look for When You’re at Showings 2019-06-27T13:49:24-05:00

How to Fix Common Household Problems Yourself

2019-03-27T11:50:41-05:00

Like anything you learn to do, the first time you DIY a household repair, there is a learning curve, and it takes a little extra time. But with a few step-by-step videos, some basic tools, and a little patience, you’ll be able to fix most common household problems yourself. Best of all, you can do [...]

How to Fix Common Household Problems Yourself 2019-03-27T11:50:41-05:00

Credit Score Versus Credit Report: What You Need to Know

2019-03-27T12:09:31-05:00

Credit score. Credit report. What’s the difference? Both represent your financial “health.” Lenders, landlords, insurance providers, and even some employers look at your credit when deciding whether to work with you. So when it comes time to finance a vehicle, apply for a mortgage, rent an apartment, or switch employers, your credit matters. The Difference [...]

Credit Score Versus Credit Report: What You Need to Know 2019-03-27T12:09:31-05:00