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How to Shop for Mortgage Rates

It’s always a good idea to shop at least a few different lenders to compare mortgage rate quotes, right? After all, a mortgage is a big financial commitment, and shopping around for a better deal can potentially save you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in finance charges over the life of the loan. […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

5 Simple Strategies For Real Estate Acquisition Domination! (You are Going to LOVE #5!)

by Jaren Barnes April 23, 2014
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Last week I wrote an in depth post covering the topic of  “How to Rock at Finding  a Mentor in Real Estate”. In the post we discussed how one of the key components to getting the conversation started is by actually bringing a deal to the table that the seasoned investor can help you with (and make money from). […]

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Real Estate

7 Tips for Holding On To Amazing Tenants

by Ken Horst April 23, 2014
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Previously I wrote a post called 6 Tips to Turn Bad Tenants Into Great Tenants. It generated a bit of commentary, because many real estate investors have been there. You try to find good tenants, of course. But sometimes it just happens you end up with a terrible tenant and you have to try to […]

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Real Estate Marketing

7 Ways Probate Investors Can Help Settle Estates

by Sharon Vornholt April 22, 2014
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Settling an estate can be an overwhelming job for those left behind. The vast majority of the people involved in the probate process have to deal with all of this in what is undoubtedly a very emotional time their lives. They can be confused about the actual probate process and all of the tasks involved […]

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General Real Estate

Dissecting an IRR: A Quick Way to Assess Investment Risk

by Brad Johnson April 22, 2014
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When considering various real estate investment options, it’s tempting to just pick investments that offer the highest pro forma IRR (aka the discount rate that would make the present value of a series of cash flows equal to zero; which is a fancy way of saying an investment’s total return). While I imagine there are […]

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General Real Estate

Want To See My Actual Cash Flow Profit on My 10-Plex? (Oh, How Projections and Reality Differ…)

by Ben Leybovich April 22, 2014
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Do you remember that 10-unit on Symphony that I bought last February – I’ve written about it here? Well, I just filed my income tax paperwork and thought you’d be interested to know how things panned out with this building over the first year of my ownership (11 months)… To begin, let me bring back […]

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General Real Estate

5 Tips For Maximizing Your Tax Income Deductions For NEXT Year

by Kevin Perk April 21, 2014
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Another April 15th has come and gone. I bet many of you were busy in the last few weeks or so getting receipts together, reviewing the books, compiling spreadsheets, filling out forms and getting all the paperwork together to meet the income tax filing deadline. Income taxes are unfortunately a big part of our business. […]

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General Real Estate

What’s the Best Strategy for New Real Estate Investors (The Answer May Surprise You)

by Michael Blank April 21, 2014
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When I first got started with real estate investing I jumped right into rehabbing houses. I found the houses via direct mail and local wholesalers. In fact, from 2009 through 2012 I got 90% of my properties from wholesalers. I kept a few of the houses as rentals, so I was able to experience being […]

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Real Estate Wholesaling

How to Estimate Rehab Costs with No Construction Background

by Tom Sylvester April 21, 2014
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I was surfing the BiggerPockets Forums last week when I came across this post.  Being that I had a few minutes and we are in the middle of a rehab myself, I figured that I would jump in an assist a fellow investor. Here a few of quotes from the post… “I have a question […]

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Real Estate Marketing

Game Changer: How to Identify Motivated Customers

by Tracy Royce April 21, 2014
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Sometimes it takes a galactic slap in the face to wake you up from repeating stupid mistakes, doesn’t it? Even a seasoned pro can use a reminder every once in awhile to stick to the basics, and use the lesson to get back on track. Such was my lesson last week, that I wanted to […]

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Real Estate

Five Tips to Get Great Deals On the MLS (Including Buying Houses on Friday…?)

by Mark Ferguson April 20, 2014
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I buy almost all of my houses off of the MLS. I have tried direct marketing, wholesalers and other methods to get great deals, but the MLS seems to work the best for me.  So why am I finding so much success with the MLS when others are struggling? Here are the the top five reasons […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing

3 Tips To Sell Your Flips Faster Than You Can Say “Easter Bunny”

by Michael LaCava April 20, 2014
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One way of raising the value of property is by renovating it to make it more attractive to potential buyers. But don’t just renovate everything…focus on the important things. The first thing that buyers notice is how the property looks like on the outside because it gives a potential buyer an impression of what the […]

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Real Estate Investing

How I Buy Houses High and Sell Them Low… and Still Make Money

by James Vasquez April 19, 2014
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Yes, you read that title correctly. Late last year I ran across a deal that I bought for more money that most investors that only buy within certain parameters would have paid, made absolutely no repairs (except adding a front and back door knob to secure the house), and resold the house to make just […]

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Rental Properties

1 Question Every Landlord Forgets to Ask a Potential Property Manager

by Ali Boone April 19, 2014
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This is one question that really matters. This is the one that the answer can make or break your rental property investment. People don’t know to ask this question. I didn’t know to ask this question when I got started, or even years into it. Until it became an issue, I never could have known […]

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Real Estate Wholesaling

Newbie Real Estate Investors: The Path to Success Starts HERE

by Marcus Maloney April 18, 2014
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In your trek to become a profitable Real Estate Investor, you will face many ups and downs. A newbie must have a strong sense of purpose and perseverance in their DNA. These qualities will ensure that one does not get too high with success and does not get too low with failures. In a recent […]

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