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The Last Investor Wins

I just got another executed contract this week here in the Dallas Fort Worth market, and I thought I would share with everyone the long time table it took to generate this lead. For this particular case study I won’t focus as much on the interactions between myself and the seller, but rather how being […]

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General Real Estate

4 Depreciation Tax Mistakes Investors Need to Avoid

by Amanda Han July 31, 2014
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If you are someone who invests in long term rentals, you probably already know how depreciation can be your best friend when it comes to paying less taxes. What you may not know is that as investors, we can also make some pretty big mistakes when it comes to taking depreciation for our real estate. […]

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General Real Estate

The IRA Stretch—How Far Will Your Retirement Dollars Go?

by Dave Van Horn July 31, 2014
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Sometimes, when my cousin Mike and I are hanging out around his pool, just relaxing, we like to talk about investing strategies. Usually, we end up debating about our IRA’s (Individual Retirement Accounts). Both of us are pretty successful guys, with Mike and his wife being what I consider high-income earners. Mike’s beef is that […]

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Podcast

BP Podcast 081: Generating Real Estate Leads Through Direct Mail with Michael Quarles

by Brandon Turner July 31, 2014
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Today on the BiggerPockets Podcast we are excited to welcome back Michael Quarles to the show. Several weeks ago we talked with Michael about his story and spent most of the show discussing the topic of negotiation, never getting to one of the most important topics we wanted to discuss with Michael: marketing. Specifically, Michael is a wealth of knowledge on all things involving direct […]

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General Real Estate

4 Side Income Streams to Sustain You As You Pursue Real Estate Full Time

by Jaren Barnes July 30, 2014
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Today, I am reminded about how excited I was when I quit my very stable, very awesome day-job, to jump full force into real estate. I was very stupid, but very excited all the same. I remember thinking, “All I have to do is just get 1 deal and I’ll make more money than I […]

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Rental Properties

How to Be Reasonable As a Landlord With Apartment Wear and Tear and Security Deposits

by Drew Sygit July 30, 2014
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How do you go about determining what damage a tenant was responsible for after they move out? There is always damage — that’s not a question. But it can be surprisingly difficult to determine, for example, whether water damage to a windowsill was caused by a spill that was left untended or by natural condensation […]

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General Real Estate

The ‘Excitement’ Of Real Estate Investing — Really?

by Jeff Brown July 29, 2014
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We humans can be unintentionally funny and frustrating at times. One of the ways we do it is through how we interpret new information. There’s a saying that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” Dad had two Chinese agents back in the 1960s whose second language was English. In fact, one of ‘em was born […]

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General Real Estate

Do You Make Money Doing What You Love?

by Ben Leybovich July 29, 2014
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See this picture immediately above? Twenty years ago I went to school with these guys at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  This photo was taken two days ago in Cincinnati – this was the first time I’d seen two of these gentlemen in a decade.  It was good to see all once more; […]

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General Real Estate

Multifamily Landlords Are More Experienced Than Single Family Landlords

by Eric Drenckhahn July 28, 2014
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I have to disclose, I am a multifamily housing landlord. I have a biased opinion when it comes to whether a multifamily housing landlord is better than a single family landlord.  If you can use the analogy of college classes, multifamily housing landlord is like the person who took math and science classes.  Miss an […]

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General Real Estate

3 Reason It’s Important to Be Enthusiastic About Your Next Deal

by Michael Blank July 28, 2014
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I continue to negotiate this 90 unit apartment deal in Richmond, VA. With every round, I drag my feet to get back to the broker, which is unlike me. I like to be as responsive as possible to keep the momentum going. But for some reason, not with this deal. I’ve started reflecting on why […]

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Rental Properties

5 Reasons Your Rental Property Is Not Cash Flowing

by Kevin Perk July 28, 2014
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I have said it before and I will say it again, positive cash flow is the most important thing to a buy and hold investor. Without positive cash flow, your time as an active real estate investor will be limited. So why is your property not cash flowing? Here are 5 Thoughts On Why You’re […]

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General Real Estate

9 Blunders Every Wholesaler Must Avoid (Or Else!)

by Michael LaCava July 27, 2014
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If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that real estate investing is an incredibly popular field with immense opportunity for profit. Many people who are interested in real estate investing but don’t have immediate cash, or just want to get in fast – start their careers with real estate wholesaling. […]

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General Real Estate

To be Successful You Have to Be Passionate About Your Goals!

by Mark Ferguson July 27, 2014
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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about buying a Lamborghini and how real estate helped me accomplish that goal.  I had wanted a Lamborghini since I was a young child and it felt amazing actually sitting in my Lamborghini and driving it after I bought it. I know one reason I was able to […]

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General Real Estate

“Out of Sight, Out of Mind”— Real Estate Investing from Afar

by Engelo Rumora July 26, 2014
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Ever since I started my real estate investing journey, I’ve come across numerous investors–myself being one of them, who decided to invest in properties that weren’t located in their “backyard”. I strongly believe that investors shouldn’t invest within close proximity of where they live, if better returns can be found elsewhere. It will just come […]

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General Real Estate

How to Write the Perfect Elevator Pitch in Under 10 Minutes!

by Brandon Turner July 26, 2014
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(The following is an excerpt from the soon-to-be-released BiggerPockets book we keep talking about… it’s almost here!) THEM: “Hey Brandon… So what is it you actually do?” ME: “Well, I, uh… I invest in real estate… and… um… so… what about you, what do you do?” Ugh. It’s embarrassing just to type that, yet for […]

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