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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 202 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


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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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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