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Start Here Newbies

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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Real Estate Marketing

Real Estate Lead Generation Case Study: How I Snagged a Great Deal in a Competitive Market

by Chris Feltus April 18, 2014
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Case studies are one of my favorite ways to learn in real estate, they provide not only invaluable information but real world examples. For this reason I would like to share one of my past closings, from lead generation to closing, with the BP community. I feel it would be a great way to give […]

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General Real Estate

The ‘Superior’ Investor and ‘Better Than Average’ Results

by Jeff Brown April 18, 2014
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I’ve been on a tear lately, only reading books I’ve already digested. I was reminded of one of my all time favorite quotes, addressing superior investment results and long term success exceeding market averages. “It is no difficult trick to bring a great deal of energy, study, and native ability into Wall Street and to […]

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Taxes

7 Common Tax Mistakes of New Real Estate Investors

by Amanda Han April 17, 2014
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Over the years, I have come across thousands of real estate owners and small business owners across the U.S. and have unfortunately witnessed many mistakes that are costing thousands of dollars in over paid taxes. What a shame that so much money just going to waste and in Uncle Sam’s pocket! Let’s take some time […]

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Podcast

BP Podcast 066: Flips, Apartments, & Protecting Yourself From Professional Tenants with Michael Blank

by Brandon Turner April 17, 2014
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On today’s show, we sit down with real estate entrepreneur Michael Blank to talk about his journey from a successful house flipping business and his entrance into apartment buildings… and the systems needed to run his investments well. Michael is a business entrepreneur through and through and today we get to talk about everything from getting started, investing with no […]

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Real Estate Investing

3 Benefits to Getting a Real Estate Agent License

by Paula Pant April 16, 2014
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I’m coming up on the one-year anniversary of the month in which I received my real estate license. That’s right. I’m a licensed real estate agent. Most people don’t know that about me, not even my closest friends. It’s not that I’m trying to hide it. It just never really seems to come up in […]

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Real Estate

How Horse Racing Made me a Better Real Estate Investor

by Jimmy Moncrief April 16, 2014
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Although I live in beautiful Chattanooga, TN I visit Kentucky and go to the horse races every chance I get.  I have been going to the Kentucky Derby for the last five years and encourage everyone to go.  If you want to meet me and get a free mint Julip – keep reading! The Kentucky […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Rock at Finding a Mentor in Real Estate: The Definitive Guide

by Jaren Barnes April 16, 2014
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Finding a mentor in the real estate game is both one of the most important tasks of a beginning investor and one of the hardest. You hear it here on BiggerPockets all the time, “Don’t waste your time with the Gurus! Instead find a mentor in your local market who will show you the ropes of […]

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Starting Out

Things to Consider Before You Buy That First Multifamily Building: Finding The Perfect Deal

by Drew Sygit April 16, 2014
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Purchasing a multifamily building or apartment isn’t as simple as buying a neat little home and renting it to a single person or family. It can, however, be extremely more profitable when it’s done right. Even if you’ve purchased single family structures in the past, this time your tenants are going to be living right […]

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Real Estate Tips

Tips For Writing Killer Rental Property Ads

by Chris Clothier April 15, 2014
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The most expensive season in real estate investment is…when your rental property is stuck with a vacancy. No one wants an extended vacancy. With extended vacancies can come even more problems and more problems can mean a full year’s income wiped on a property in one quick hit. There is a high turnover rate for rental properties […]

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Investor Psychology

7 Actionable Things You Can Do Today To Become a Better Real Estate Investor

by John Fedro April 15, 2014
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Two of the goals of this website and the investor-authors that contribute here are to provide you with real world topics and ideas that will improve your investing knowledge and businesses.  That is my hope with this post. Investing in real estate takes determination, a plan, dedication, and daily action. (Tweet This!) While you do […]

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Commercial Real Estate

Compelling Tax Benefits of Real Estate Syndication

by Brad Johnson April 15, 2014
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Real estate syndication offers passive investors an opportunity to realize current income while increasing equity through forced principal pay down and asset appreciation. These structural advantages help make direct real estate investments an attractive alternative to bonds, stocks or REITS. However, real estate’s tax benefits – which are largely undervalued (or ignored) by investors when […]

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Financing Real Estate

Seriously… Why Should You Even Listen to Me About Real Estate?

by Ben Leybovich April 15, 2014
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I am a musician.  I spent the early years of my life and into adulthood trying to perfect the un-perfectible craft.  I made it as far as college before fortune liberated me from having to chase the impossible when the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis made it impractical to continue to pursue a career in performance […]

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Commercial Real Estate

6 Steps to Buying Apartment Buildings OUTSIDE Your Area

by Michael Blank April 14, 2014
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Generally it’s good advice to invest in apartment buildings that are with easy driving distance to you. Especially if you’re managing the building yourself, the closer the building is, the easier everything is. That also means your team members (the property manager, attorney, brokers, etc) are all within an easy drive. And your investors will […]

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Rental Properties

My Experiment with RUBS Water Metering for my Multi-Family Properties

by Tom Sylvester April 14, 2014
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One of my biggest frustrations when it comes to multi-family investing (at least in my area) is the fact that the water bill must be in the name of the property owner. From what I understand, this came about because it was easy for tenants to skip out on their water bill. The local municipality cannot […]

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