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Archive of Ali Boone

Ali Boone(G+) recently left her corporate job as an Aeronautical Engineer to work full-time in Real Estate Investing. She began as an investor only two years ago but managed to buy 5 properties in just 18 months using only creative financing methods. Her focuses have been on rental properties and overseas investing in Nicaragua.

Ali has written 76 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Business Management & Productivity*

A Personal Rant: I Can’t Stand Working with Contractors!

by Ali Boone September 20, 2014
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Yep, I said it. I absolutely, in no way, enjoy working with contractors who do work on my house! I understand that a lot of you do, and that is totally fine. I can see the appeal and where it could be fun to rehab or fix up a property that you’ve bought, but personally, […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

Uh Hello, Don’t Forget to Calculate the Profit on an Investment!

by Ali Boone September 13, 2014
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Shut up, I’m not even kidding. Do you know how many people approach me and ask me what I think of a particular deal? Mind you, I’m a very open-minded person. Even if a deal isn’t one I would necessarily pursue personally, either for interest or niche reasons, I’m always open and eager to hear […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

7 Steps for Rebounding from Major Real Estate Failures

by Ali Boone September 6, 2014
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Welcome to real estate investing, the industry where things will inevitably go wrong. There’s no way around it. If you are a real estate investor and currently investing, and nothing has ever gone wrong for you, you aren’t that good of an investor. Failures are part of the game. We can try to educate and […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

6 KEY Attributes that Affect the Risk Level of a Rental Market

by Ali Boone August 23, 2014
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These market factors will directly impact the chance of success and level of risk you are going to take on if you buy a rental property. While you may buy into a market that shows more unfavorable for one or more of these elements, it doesn’t necessarily mean your investment will surely fail, but it […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

What Are The Different Kinds of Turnkey Properties?

by Ali Boone August 16, 2014
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Thinking about buying a turnkey rental property? Great! I love turnkeys, they are all I’ve ever bought for myself (and plan to buy for myself). I know a lot of folks out there are interested in turnkeys because they are extremely convenient for anyone who either doesn’t want to put in a lot of work […]

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Market Trends, Data, News & Commentary*

Warning: The Market You Should Be Buying in Has CHANGED!

by Ali Boone August 2, 2014
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Did you know that the dynamics of markets (a.k.a. cities) for real estate investing changes? They change all the time actually. One year there may be a market that everyone is buying in, like an investor feeding frenzy, but that market will change, guaranteed. Especially if it experienced an investor feeding frenzy. If you are […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

The Most Helpful BiggerPockets Blogs of all Time!

by Ali Boone July 19, 2014

Welcome to the list of the most helpful BiggerPockets blogs of all time. And you are about to help create it! I think we’ve all established that BiggerPockets has helped thousands of investors, up-and-coming investors, and even seasoned investors do their jobs just that much easier. It has helped with networking, given us the ability […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

The Definitive Guide to Finding Investor-Friendly Lenders

by Ali Boone July 12, 2014
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Last week I wrote an article talking about finding investor-friendly real estate agents (actually, I was really questioning whether they even exist or not… see The Epic Guide to Finding an Investor-Friendly Real Estate Agent). This week, I want to talk about lenders. Why? Because in the past month, I have seen a solid handful […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

The Epic Guide to Finding an Investor-Friendly Real Estate Agent

by Ali Boone July 5, 2014
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It’s because there aren’t that many of them. Sure, they are out there, but to the untrained eye it may seem like no such thing exists. What is an investor-friendly real estate agent? It’s one who can actually help investors find properties that match their investing goals. Can’t any agent do that? They can certainly […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

5.5 Ways to Never Fully Succeed as a Real Estate Investor

by Ali Boone June 28, 2014
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Is your goal to succeed or to fail? Good, then this article is for you. Some of the easiest ways to delay success in real estate investing are: Not knowing all of the options or paths out there Spending time and money inefficiently Burning bridges 5.5 Ways to Never Fully Succeed In Real Estate Sure, […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

Investing for Cash Flow or Appreciation – What’s the Difference?

by Ali Boone June 21, 2014
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No doubt, the point of investing is to receive income. Why else would you invest? You want to put your money into a property or a project or a stock or a thing or whatever will earn you some cash. It’s the whole reason for investing- to turn a smaller amount of money into a […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

6 Excuses for Managing Your Own Rental Properties

by Ali Boone June 7, 2014

I am a big fan of “to each their own” and you won’t hear me knock someone who prefers to be a landlord versus using a property manager, but for those of you convinced you need to be a landlord for whatever reason or you on the fence about it, hopefully some of these realities […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

To Partner or Not to Partner…That is the Question!

by Ali Boone May 31, 2014
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Inevitably if you’ve been around real estate investing for very long, you’ve heard about the potential of partnering with other people for investment deals. Partnering can introduce considerable benefits to an investment deal. However, it can also introduce considerable headaches. There is nothing wrong with partnering, but just be smart about your decision to do […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

The Dirty Truth about the Guru Programs

by Ali Boone May 17, 2014
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It’s a dirty one alright. Are you ready for it? They work. What?!! Yep, I said it. The guru programs work. Despite people’s skepticism, despite the negative reviews online, and despite the cost of the programs, the guru programs actually do work… …if you work them right. Why Guru Programs Don’t Work for Most People […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

A Definitive Guide to Understanding Cap Rates and Cash-on-Cash Returns

by Ali Boone May 10, 2014
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There are several means of determining the return on an investment property. You may hear the term “ROI” (or “ROR”), which means “Return on Investment” (or “Rate of Return”), which can be calculated in all sorts of ways. Unfortunately, a lot of people will determine this number based on whatever factors will yield the highest […]

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