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Archive of Jeff Brown

Licensed since 1969, broker/owner since 1977. Extensively trained and experienced in tax deferred exchanges, and long term retirement planning.

Jeff has written 192 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


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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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Expecting Appreciation is a Game For Speculators, Not Long-Term Investors

by Jeff Brown April 8, 2014
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On the surface that must seem a foolish idea. After all, though many call flippers ‘investors’ we realize that’s simply not the case. They’re the embodiment of speculation. They buy low with the plan to add value through the fix up process, then sell quickly and for a significant profit. At least that’s the intention, […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Defying Gravity and Investing in Real Estate in the Land of Oz… [Why it Doesn't Work!]

by Jeff Brown April 4, 2014
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Let’s begin with the assumption that actual investment principles are just that: principles. For example, in physics, the principle of gravity is what we call a fundamental truth. Some might wanna convince us we’ll fall sideways when we jump off a 10 story building. Gravity and thousands of years of human experience tell us we’ll […]

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Real Estate

Calling All Real Estate Investors: Can You Answer These 12 Important Questions?

by Jeff Brown March 25, 2014
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The questions I ask folks who’re investing for the purpose of retiring well, change from person to person. Sure, there are all kinds of questions to which everyone should give sober consideration. Let’s look at several of ‘em. Some won’t apply to all readers, some will. All require earnest thought. I’m not gonna give answers […]

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Retirement

Frankly My Dear, Retirement isn’t as Bad as it Now Appears (at Least not With the Help of REI!)

by Jeff Brown March 18, 2014
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Over the years I’ve added categories of investors to my list. Age, health, and many other factors play a part in naming these categories. I’ve  recently spoken with a gaggle of Boomer types in their 60s. Generally speaking they wanna know how they can improve their impending, sometimes imminent retirement. The income they see comin’ […]

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Real Estate

How We Prepare An Investment Property When Selling

by Jeff Brown March 12, 2014
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Let’s get the Captain Obvious stuff outa the way right off the bat. Yeah, make sure the paint doesn’t suck. Ya might even check if the colors make sense. Get rid of the weeds in the yard, and trim things up. If it’s a rental house, DO NOT put it on the market unless it’s […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Use Real Estate to Retire Better Than Your Neighbor…

by Jeff Brown March 4, 2014
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There’s an almost universal misperception that the every day American family simply can’t arrive at retirement with more money than they ever made on the job. I’m here to tell you that is a fallacy, at least in my experience. Don’t get me wrong, the lower the income the longer it takes and the lower […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Capital Growth,Cash Flow, Taxes And Timing: Planning for Your Retirement the Smart Way

by Jeff Brown January 24, 2014
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Show of hands — How many relish the thought of shellin’ out big wads of cash to the taxman? Yeah, me too. On the other hand, we all wanna retire with the largest, most reliable AFTER tax income possible, right? So, here’s a poser for ya… You have X number of years to go before […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Long Term Real Estate Investing is like Pitching: Timing and Location Quality Rule

by Jeff Brown December 27, 2013
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The list of all that’s crucial to arriving at retirement with more than enough income is far longer than I knew, back when I was much younger and knew… pretty much everything. So many factors must be infused into the ‘recipe’ that timing almost always becomes one of the most pivotal factors of all. Strategies […]

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Retirement

There’s A Self Evident Truth Most Boomers Haven’t Recognized — They’ve Lost A Friend

by Jeff Brown December 13, 2013
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In well over four decades of experience in the business, I’ve seen many stats that’ve stopped me in my tracks. Things like an FHA interest rate of 16.5%. A one year appreciation rate of just under 50%. Or, more recently many of the stats related to the recent bubble. However, the most recent stat riveting […]

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Retirement

How to “Really” Enjoy Your Retirement – And Why Most Americans Won’t

by Jeff Brown November 8, 2013
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This is very personal to me. In large part, the last three years have been spent addressing the problem we all see with Boomers, which is their horrible track record when retiring. That is, those who can retire. Many have no choice but to work ’til they can’t. A huge majority say they’ll work after […]

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Retirement

How Separate Note Portfolios Can Both Speed Up AND Enhance Your Retirement Income

by Jeff Brown September 25, 2013
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Averaging 12-18 hours a week talking with real estate investors about their plans for retirement, common denominators show themselves, as you might expect. After all – when you boil things down to the basics, most folks fall into many of the same categories. When asked, for example, about the timing of their retirement, they usually […]

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Opinion

Your Ultimate Game Plan — Can It Be Tweaked?

by Jeff Brown September 13, 2013
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Here’s a scoop. At BiggerPockets we love talking about investing in real estate. Then there’s short and long term strategies. Some stay out of the real estate investment arena, preferring instead the role of banker — they like notes. They like dealing with paper, not people. However, what so often tends to get lost in […]

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Taxes

Why You Should Avoid Tax Deferred Exchanges Whenever Possible

by Jeff Brown August 21, 2013
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My first few dozen tax deferred exchanges were in the days before what’s now called the delayed exchange — or back in the dinosaur days, a Starker exchange. You think they’re fun now? Try closing all properties involved in the same moment in time, at least virtually. The pretty phrase used back then was simultaneous […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Pay For Your Child’s College Degree Using Real Estate

by Jeff Brown August 15, 2013
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When long term real estate investors plan, it’s virtually always with retirement in mind. To show my command of the obvious, their goal is to retire sooner rather than later, with more income rather than less. Most folks assume there’s plenty of time to make their goals reality. Most of the time I find myself […]

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