Maleno Blog

Is Renting Right for Retirees?

As you approach retirement age, you might be feeling a spectrum of emotions. Perhaps you are already daydreaming about a whole new level of freedom, or maybe you are getting concerned about how you'll fill up all of that newly found downtime. Perhaps you're excited to get started on some long-delayed projects, or you're tired of housework and repairs.

One decision you'll have to consider in your golden years is your living situation.  To help you make the best decision of where to reside in this new chapter of life, we've outlined three crucial considerations for making a move in retirement. 


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Six Tips for Selecting Your Real Estate Agent

If you’re reading this piece, chances are good you’ve made the decision to either purchase or sell a house. It’s an exciting time, but the process can get overwhelming without guidance and support. For that reason, whether you’re a seasoned property owner or a first-time homebuyer, we always recommend working with a real estate agent. 

But, the problem is: there are well over a million agents from which to choose. Before you put what is most likely your largest asset in someone else’s hands, it is wise to do some homework. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve outlined six tips for helping you select an agent that doesn’t just meet, but, goes above and beyond to exceed your needs. 

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Four Questions to Help Determine If a Fixer-Upper is Right for You

At first glance, buying a fixer-upper seems like a no-brainer. After all, HGTV and the DIY Network make it look like a breeze. Of course, those “featured homebuyers” are surrounded by a cast of professionals who are paid to make those properties sparkle by the end of each episode. For the rest of us, the process of turning a fixer-upper into a move-in ready home doesn’t always go as it does on TV.  So, is it right for you?  Maybe yes, maybe no. These are things you should consider...

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9 Smart Tips for Holiday Home Safety

The holidays are supposed to be holly and jolly.  We help you keep them that way with these 8 simple home safety tips.

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7 Signs that Buying a House in Erie, PA is Right for You

Whether you're looking for a smart financial investment or a new place to call home, chances are you can find both in Erie if you know the signs of a good buy.  To make shopping easier, Maleno created an at-a-glance guide for those who need a little extra reassurance that the house they want is the right one.

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There Could Be a Recession Ahead, and Owning a Home Could Be Your Lifeline


Signs of a potential recession are starting to appear again: Huge swings in the stock market, output gaps, a slowing global economy, trade war tensions, and yield curve inversions. According to Chief Economist of First American Financial Corporation, Mark Fleming, in an interview with U.S. News, "if a recession is to occur, is unlikely to be caused by housing-related activity, and therefore the housing sector should be one of the leading sources to come out of the recession."


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Here's Why You Shouldn't Feel Bad About Renting at 30

Despite the opinions of die-hard homeowners, purchasing a home isn't always the best choice.  We know this statement sounds precarious coming from a real estate brokerage, but we truly believe that the decision to buy or rent should be based completely on an individual's circumstances.

Furthermore, in the words of Bob Dylan, "Times they are a changin'," and with those changes come an adjusted lifestyle for the modern young adult.  So, in defense of Millennials, we've underscored a few reasons why your decision to put off owning a home makes sense.


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How to Leverage Real Estate Debt Like a Pro

Debt: the financial situation that four in five Americans currently find themselves in. Whether their debt comes from credit cards and mortgages or student loans and medical bills, Uncle Sam’s residents are seriously in the red. However, not everyone with debt is in a financially precarious situation. In fact, many of the most experienced investors know how to use debt to their advantage.

If you’re looking for a way to invest without emptying your savings account, you’re reading the right blog. In this piece, we’ll break down how you can leverage real estate debt, or simply “use leverage” to realize significant returns.



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The Four Hottest Real Estate Markets in Erie, PA

Whether you’re looking to move to Erie, PA, or already living here and searching for a new home in the area, we’ve put together a helpful guide to highlight the hottest places to settle down. Not only do we dig into where to buy a home, but we also explore the assets of that particular area. So, if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, use this piece as your guidepost.

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Can I Buy a House if I Have Student Loan Debt

It's summer time, and do you know what that means?  Another 10 million graduates have walked across the stage to get their college diplomas and have joined the other 45 million Americans contending with their tens of thousands of dollars of student debt.

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