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Are you aware of the expenses associated with allowing someone to smoke in your rental? If not, you need to understand that a smoker will cost you at least 10% of your profits due to increased turnover costs and additional vacancy. That is an unscientific number, and I may venture to guess it may be […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

You’ll Reach Goals Faster by Rewarding Yourself: Here’s Why

by Mark Ferguson October 19, 2014
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If you are a regular on the BiggerPockets Blog or any personal finance blog, you should notice a common theme. Save money, invest that money, and in the future you will have much more money that you can spend on the things you want, or you can retire early. I believe in saving money and […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

How to Invest in Real Estate with No Money Down (4 Rules You NEED to Follow!)

by Brandon Turner October 18, 2014
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(The following is an excerpt from the recent book we published here at BiggerPockets, “The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down.”  Pick up the physical book, the digital book, or the audiobook today at BiggerPockets.com/nomoney or get the physical book on Amazon! Now, onto the post!) How to Invest […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

7 Intuitive Tech Tools to Streamline Your Wholesaling Business

by Ben Grise October 18, 2014
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Is managing your phone calls and seller leads on paper or with Microsoft Excel driving you mad? If so, then I know exactly where you’re coming from. If you’re like me, you probably started out well, but then as you gained more experience and invested more money into your wholesaling business, you started generating more […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

The Simple, Effective Way to Build Seller Trust & Land More Deals

by Chris Feltus October 17, 2014
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When it comes to submitting offers on distressed properties, a lot of both new and seasoned investors can sometimes get stuck feeling guilty about their offer. But by being genuine with people and truly caring about their situations, over time you will be able to build trust and generate more business while simultaneously providing help […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

4 Essential Steps to Take BEFORE Seeking Private Money

by Matt Faircloth October 17, 2014
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How many people remember the importance of “prerequisites” in college? I can recall being super excited to register for a few classes, and when I was filling out the last page of registration, it denied my paperwork since I did not have the correct prerequisite class.  Of course, being young and naive, I thought this rule […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

3 Tried & True Ways to Keep a Tenant Staying & Paying

by Engelo Rumora October 17, 2014
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Most investors purchase a property with a certain rental $$$ expectation in mind. $400 per month, $600 per month or $1000 per month — it doesn’t really matter unless you can get someone to pay that amount to inhabit the property. We all know that finding and keeping those tenants is the key to making […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

Good Tenant, Low Yield or Bad Tenant, High Yield: What’s Better?

by Leon Yang October 16, 2014
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There comes a point, I think, when every landlord takes a look at what they own and wonders whether to keep the property or sell it. There are many motivations for wanting to sell a property, but in this post I’m going to talk about trying to decide whether to sell a property that has […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

The Landlord’s Guide to Effective (& Legal) Tenant Screening

by Drew Sygit October 16, 2014
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The word “discrimination” has gained a bad flavor in American mouths in the past fifty years or so — but stop and think about it. We celebrate it when a chef has a discriminating palate or when a business man has a discriminating taste in suits. To discriminate literally just means, “to decide which of […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

How to Uncover Amazing Deals by Simply Changing Your Mindset

by Dave Van Horn October 16, 2014
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The idea of having a Scarcity Mindset versus one of Abundance has been written and talked about for centuries. These opposing viewpoints have been covered quite well in books, such as Killing Sacred Cows by Garrett B. Gunderson. But I was probably first introduced to the Scarcity Mindset from Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of […]

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Podcast

BP Podcast 092: No (and Low) Money Down Real Estate Investing with Brandon Turner

by Brandon Turner October 16, 2014
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What would you do if you didn’t need money to invest in real estate anymore? That’s the question we tackle today on the BiggerPockets Podcast as we interview one of our own… Brandon Turner, to learn how he’s purchased over $2,000,000 of real estate with almost no money of his own! Brandon, although co-host on […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

How to Overcome Fear & Ask for What You Want (or the Time I Made $30K in 6 Weeks)

by Nathan Brooks October 15, 2014
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There are monumental moments in life we will never forget: in life, in business and with our family and our children. For me, there was one such moment during a deal that came together where I made the most money I had ever made in a real estate deal to that point — and having been […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

How to Use a Margin of Safety to Avoid Financial Disaster (The Buffett Series)

by Chad Carson October 15, 2014
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We real estate investors love to focus on profits, cash flow and big checks. But if you want to be more than a one-hit wonder, you should follow the advice of investors who have survived and thrived a long time — through up and down markets. The best longterm investor I know of is Warren […]

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Market Trends, Data, News & Commentary*

The 4 Biggest Risks that Threaten Home Prices Today

by Conor Flaherty October 15, 2014
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I’m a big believer in trying to understand the risks in any investment I make. There are always going to be unforeseen risks — like a war, a terrorist attack or a crazy natural disaster — but the more risks you can plan ahead for, the better off you are going to be. Here are […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

3 Fundamental Tips for Real Estate Investing Newbies

by Tracy Royce October 15, 2014
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Few things in life come easy; rarely are any of us blessed with enough God-given talent to become experts at anything without failing (a lot) first. Opportunities to become rich or debt and boss-free seem elusive. Create wealth through leverage and have others pay down your investments? Not many avenues are available to the 99% […]

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