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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.


Real Estate Investing

Keepin’ Things In Context — Is Now The Time to Buy, Sell, Exchange?

by Jeff Brown August 2, 2013
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Usually when we see titles like that about real estate investing, we assume the message will be to take action in one form or another, especially buying. Not so fast, propaganda breath. Lookin’ back on my career as an adviser, and with very, very rare exceptions, 30-40% of those asking me what they should do […]

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Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Depreciation: A Strategy for Saving Money on Taxes?

by Jeff Brown July 17, 2013
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As a long term real estate investor, tax shelter is almost always a popular topic for sure. Who doesn’t love the idea of a paper loss (paper = pretend) against their ordinary income, right? For the record, ‘ordinary’ income is what the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) calls your job income. I’ve never liked that. Anywho, in terms […]

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Financing Real Estate

Real Estate Debt: A Useful Tool or the Devil’s Pitchfork?

by Jeff Brown July 3, 2013
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Earlier this week I was invited to view an ongoing forum discussion concerning debt. In a nutshell, there seemed to be the completely AntiDebt group on one side, the Other People’s Money group on the other, and the majority of America in the middle. Those against borrowing seemed to equate debt to signing up for […]

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Real Estate Investing

Why “We’re Gonna Hold These Properties For X Years” is Folly…

by Jeff Brown June 25, 2013
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BawldGuy Axiom: Take what the market gives you, how it gives it to you, when it gives it to you. Fail to adhere to any one of those factors and you’ll soon understand what Grandpa meant when he counseled you about square pegs and round holes. The factors needing to play well together in a […]

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Retirement

I’m Really Gonna Like Creating This Case Study

by Jeff Brown June 13, 2013
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Every now and then I’m reminded in the most visceral of ways how much I love what I do. My favorite example happened many years ago. Long time clients had recently had their first baby, a girl. At the time of this office meeting their daughter was about a week past her second birthday. We’d […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Doing Everything Yourself Often Leads To Expensive Lessons

by Jeff Brown June 6, 2013
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A couple very recent real life examples of how a solid expert can be crucially pivotal to either solving or avoiding sticky problems. Yeah, I realize some segments of the real estate investment world avoid certain professionals like the plague. I get that. However, in doing so they also get superb lessons teaching them how […]

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Retirement

The Time Value of . . . Time

by Jeff Brown May 28, 2013
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First, let me fully disclose I’m an OldSchool guy down to my DNA. My mentors were so old they used to tell me they never called it OldSchool. It was just ‘School’. The youngest among them in the late 1970s and 1980′s was over 60. It puts a smile on my face just pondering their […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

What’s Your End Game?

by Jeff Brown May 14, 2013
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When investing long term, what is your end game? What’s the bottom line reality you wish to generate when all is said and done? Ask 100 people that question and, in my experience you’ll hear retirement as the answer at least 97 times. Let’s define retirement here as concentrated on income. Captain Obvious for sure, […]

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Opinion

Real Estate Agents — Are They Valuable To Investors?

by Jeff Brown April 30, 2013
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Real Estate Agents — Are They Valuable To Investors? This is a discussion savored best as an observer. Having been on just about every side there is in the industry, I can tell ya this. Put 10 agents in a room and you’ll get 11 answers to the question. Ditto with investors. Experience tells me […]

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Retirement

A 100% Employer Match On 401Ks – The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?

by Jeff Brown April 23, 2013
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One of the things I like most about writing on BiggerPockets Blog is the comments and questions from readers. Some of those comments inspired this article, as they compelled a reasoned answer worthy of more exposure than the comment section for one article. The article in question can be found here. Whenever I encourage folks […]

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Real Estate Investing

Increase Debt To Retire Better And Become Debt Free Sooner — What? Huh?

by Jeff Brown April 9, 2013
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What kinda double talk is this? Like so many things in life, first impressions are often best kept in reserve ’til the whole story is known. The principle we’re gonna use to make this happen in real life is simple, and old as dirt. Borrow money at a low interest rate, and pay it off […]

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Retirement

Which Retirement Income Option Would You Have Taken?

by Jeff Brown April 3, 2013
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The elephant in the room whenever two real estate investors are talkin’ real estate is, duh, retirement. That elephant is ever present in a world class website dedicated to real estate investing like BiggerPockets. Over 110,000 members speaks for itself. Experience tells me that well over 90% of those members are doin’ their level best […]

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Retirement

A Review — How’s The BoomerHerd Faring On The Retirement Front?

by Jeff Brown March 26, 2013
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The short answer? Terrible. The long answer is, as usual, somewhat complicated and nuanced — or that’s what the media preaches. The other day I saw something on TV that had me playin’ it back to ensure I’d heard it right the first time. In a nutshell, they said . . . If a couple […]

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Real Estate Investing

Man Plans — God Laughs — It’s About Options

by Jeff Brown March 20, 2013
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BawldGuy Axiom:  The investor with the most options, wins. So often we spend quality time planning our futures via real estate investing. The underlying assumption being that somehow, some way, the plan will survive years, usually decades of the ebb ‘n flow of local, national, and global economic events. My experience shows we’ll say we […]

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Real Estate Investing

Your Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card Has Arrived

by Jeff Brown March 14, 2013
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Real estate investors in many (most?) of the nation’s markets have been held hostage since the infamous busting of the mother of all bubbles. For the first time since I can remember, properties in a buncha these markets can now be sold in a relatively reasonable time. Still, for a majority of folks, encumbered properties […]

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