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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 214 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Personal Finance*

How Has Your Retirement Plan Been Workin’ Out For You Lately?

by Jeff Brown July 3, 2014
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OK, I’ll go first. My retirement plan got knocked down three times in Round 1, back in the 80s. You know, back when I turned 30 and knew absolutely every freakin’ thing that mattered. We’ve all been there, right? In a very short period of time I lost three properties. It was at that point […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

Are You Willing To Sacrifice Your Potential Retirement Income At The Altar Of ‘Local Control’?

by Jeff Brown June 24, 2014
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The battle cry sayin’ all real estate is local, has been bastardized of late to also mean the real estate investor is foolish to eschew their local market for superior markets far away. It usually involves — strike that — virtually always involves the comfort zone of the individual investor. For the record, like you, […]

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Commercial Real Estate and Notes*

Turbo Charging Your Real Estate Acquisitions With Discounted Notes

by Jeff Brown June 17, 2014

The following acquisition strategy can be put into play whether you’re a flipper, long term investor, even a spec builder. Heck, wanna buy the lot on which you’re gonna build your dream home? This will work for ya big time. The first part of the recipe is to own a discounted note, secured by real […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

Things aren’t Always Objective in Real Estate — Life Happens!

by Jeff Brown June 10, 2014

In last week’s post we talked about how a California couple might trade their impressive net equity — about $435,000 — into a far better investment environment, Texas. Since their household income is enough to support their growing family, but not enough to add to their overall Plan, at least for now, their options are […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

Retirement Security: Invest In Texas NOT California

by Jeff Brown May 27, 2014
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A real estate investor from California has several small rental properties (8), all local. Location quality is suspect, as they’re in… you know… California. Related: Southern California Housing Markets Increasingly Overvalued Opinions vary on that topic.  8% sales/closing costs generates a net equity of  around $435,000, give or take. That includes one rental in which he used […]

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Market Trends, Data, News & Commentary*

Real Estate Investors Fail When They Falsely Relate History to the Present and Future

by Jeff Brown May 13, 2014

Many believe a studious real estate investor, -heck, an investor in anything, can study history to ensure investment success. “Since this is the way it’s been in the last generation or two, logic says that’s the way it’ll be now.” I was literally taught that, face-to-face in many seminars in the ’70s and the ’80s. A […]

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General Real Estate

Aging RE Investors Need Not be Hostage to a Mediocre Retirement Cash Flow

by Jeff Brown April 30, 2014
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The ages of folks calling and emailing me to chat are all over the map. I have several clients who’ve been with me for a few years who’ve yet to turn 30. Yeah, it irritates me too. All but one plan on retiring after 50, half of ‘em insist they’re work ’til at least 60 […]

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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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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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Commercial Real Estate and Notes*

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

by Jeff Brown March 4, 2014

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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