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The Definitive Guide to Real Estate Branding

When I first started in the real estate business, I used a local bulk mail service provider for direct mail. Everything was turnkey. I would provide the leads, they would format everything, stamp and ship it out on time without fail. The service was cost effective; however, they only allowed you to choose from a […]

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General Real Estate

When Are Tax Return Required for Legal Entities? The Answer May Surprise You

by Amanda Han August 28, 2014
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I was in a meeting with a new client yesterday doing some proactive planning. This particular investor had just graduated college a little over a year ago and he and his friend decided to get into the flipping business. Although the first year was not a very good one for them, in year two they […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Prorate Rent Without Getting Taken to the Bank

by Paula Pant August 28, 2014
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One of the first tenants that I ever found moved in during the middle of the month. I was happy with this arrangement. Occupancy is better than vacancy, even if it starts on an odd day. At the time I first met the new tenant, we were already about three weeks deep into the current […]

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Podcast

BP Podcast 085: Hybrid Investing, Long Distance Rentals, and Property Management with Mike McKinzie

by Brandon Turner August 28, 2014
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Today on the BiggerPockets Podcast we chat with Mike McKinzie, a full time real estate investor from Garden Grove, CA. Mike is an investor and former property manager who has personally dealt with over 5,000 real estate transactions, but focuses most of his attention today on using property management to invest both locally and out of state. This show explores a […]

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General Real Estate

112% Cash on Cash Return…. 1 Minute Real Estate Analysis… And a Pep Talk to Find Your “Yes!”

by Nathan Brooks August 27, 2014
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First, caution. I mean it. If you are reading this you might want to do one of the following (or perhaps more than one, in combination with one) … 1. put on a construction helmet while being backed up by Guns and Roses as you imagine entering the flip you just handed the keys over to […]

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BiggerPockets News

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Business with BiggerPockets Keyword Alerts

by Brandon Turner August 27, 2014
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Have you ever missed out on an important event because someone forgot to tell you about it? It sucks. Sure, when it’s dirty Uncle Harry’s birthday party, it’s not such a big deal. However, when it’s an incredible real estate deal that perfectly matched what you were looking for or a local meetup of real estate […]

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Rental Properties

Property Manager Marketing: Can You Relate?

by Drew Sygit August 27, 2014
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Way back in Part I of this short series, we mentioned that part of property management marketing was the ability to create an implement marketing materials that moved customers along each of the stages laid out in Part II. For review, those stages were: Face in the Crowd Lead Prospect Client Fan And in each stage, there was […]

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Real Estate Marketing

The Ultimate Guide to Real Estate Marketing | 10 Tools to Generate Unlimited Leads

by Antonio Coleman August 26, 2014
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Wow..I’m finally writing my first post here on BiggerPockets, which is by far, in my words, the best real estate investing blog in the world. But, before I get into the so-called juicy parts of this post, I want to first give thanks to someone whom I feel deserves more than just a Thank You.” […]

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Opinion

Questions! Questions! Questions! There Are So Many Questions On Why Your 401k Is A Retirement Income Loser!

by Jeff Brown August 26, 2014
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In last week’s post I spoke about why your employer sponsored 401k is a loser. Since its inception over 30 years ago, it simply hasn’t produced the promised results. The only real empirically demonstrable fact you need to know about ‘em is that the average American turning 65 has $100,000 or less in their 401k […]

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General Real Estate

My Experience With AirBNB in Hawaii

by Leon Yang August 26, 2014
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Many of you may have heard about AirBNB by now. For those who hasn’t, it is a website that essentially allow anyone to rent their room/house to others, mainly travelers, for a short period of time. It caught on quite quickly and it has been making a challenge for the hotel industry. I think it […]

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Rental Properties

4 Questions Every New Vacation Home Investor Should Ask Themselves Prior to Purchasing A Property

by Trey Duling August 25, 2014
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Often times I have vacation home owners come into my office, and explain to me that their vacation home is causing their family to have financial hardship. Often times these investors were sold a bill of goods at a trade show or by a realtor looking to make a quick commission check. Sometimes these realtors […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing

The 3 Phases of Every Rehab Project

by Kevin Perk August 25, 2014
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Many real estate investors will at some point in their career be involved in a major rehab. Distressed properties that are in need of rehab are often where the deal is found and value can be added. Properties also often need an upgrade after many years of tenant wear and tear. All rehab projects, no […]

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Commercial Real Estate

Who in the World is Buying Class C Apartment Buildings at a 7% Cap Rate?

by Michael Blank August 25, 2014
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Finding good apartment building deals is tough right now – almost anywhere in the country. I was curious to find out what kind of investor is actually buying these over-priced deals and so I polled my network of commercial real estate brokers. When I say it’s tough to find good deals on apartment buildings, I’m […]

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Real Estate

What to Do When Things Go Wrong in Your Real Estate Business (Because They Will!)

by Mark Ferguson August 24, 2014
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Let me start out by saying, things are not bad for me. Many people are in much worse situations and have had much more serious problems.  No matter where we are in life or how successful we are, we all have problems and things don’t always go as planned.  I have been writing a lot […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Get A Loan To Flip Houses in 4 Steps

by Michael LaCava August 24, 2014
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Nearly everybody I talk to says that “money” is the number one issue that prevents them from getting started flipping houses. I get this question all the time. Thousands of people have asked me this in fact through meetups, REIA meetings, on the BP forum here as well as well as my own personal email list […]

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