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Archive of Dave Van Horn

Dave Van Horn is President at PPR The Note Co. - an operating entity that manages several funds that buy/sell/hold residential mortgages, both performing and delinquent. Dave has been in the Real Estate business for 25 years, starting out as a Realtor and contractor and moving onto everything from fix and flips to Raising Private Money.

Dave has written 62 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

How to Uncover Amazing Deals by Simply Changing Your Mindset

by Dave Van Horn October 16, 2014
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The idea of having a Scarcity Mindset versus one of Abundance has been written and talked about for centuries. These opposing viewpoints have been covered quite well in books, such as Killing Sacred Cows by Garrett B. Gunderson. But I was probably first introduced to the Scarcity Mindset from Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of […]

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Personal Finance*

8 of the Best Ways to Raise Capital for Your Investments

by Dave Van Horn September 25, 2014
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In our last conversation on raising capital, we were discussing Investor Relations and the importance of staying in communication with investors, before, during and after the fundraising stage. Now, I want to go over some of the advantages of using a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) and, more importantly, some of the best ways to raise […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

3 Easy Tips for Earning the Loyalty of Quality Investors

by Dave Van Horn September 11, 2014
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On our last visit, we talked about some of the money myths associated with raising capital, the biggest being that it takes money to make money. The reality is that it doesn’t, but it does take OPM (or Other People’s Money). If you can show people how you can safely make them money and if […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

Money Myths and the Biggest Mistakes I’ve Made Raising Capital

by Dave Van Horn August 29, 2014
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In the last article on Raising Capital, I covered: the Types of Money, the Three Main Investment Asset Classes, and I talked briefly about Synergy versus Diversification. The main point of that article is that if you understand the different types of money, as well as the pros and cons of each asset class, hopefully […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

What I Learned Raising Over $30 Million in Private Capital: Types of Money

by Dave Van Horn August 14, 2014
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A week ago, I had the opportunity to present about Raising Capital at the AAPL – American Association of Private Lenders event in Philadelphia, and although some of you missed it, why not cover some of the highlights? Sure, it’s not the same as being there, especially since I had my securities attorney and another […]

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Personal Finance*

The IRA Stretch—How Far Will Your Retirement Dollars Go?

by Dave Van Horn July 31, 2014
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Sometimes, when my cousin Mike and I are hanging out around his pool, just relaxing, we like to talk about investing strategies. Usually, we end up debating about our IRA’s (Individual Retirement Accounts). Both of us are pretty successful guys, with Mike and his wife being what I consider high-income earners. Mike’s beef is that […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

Are You the Cheapest Hire in Your Business?

by Dave Van Horn July 17, 2014
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For close to the first 20 years of being a real estate agent, I never had an administrative assistant, or admin. Was I just a control freak? Was I afraid that no one could do the job as good as me? It wasn’t until I became a super busy RE/MAX agent, who was doing property […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

Fund Investing vs. Passive Note Investing – Which Should You Do?

by Dave Van Horn July 3, 2014
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People often ask me when they’re first introduced to note investing, “Which is better, being in a note fund or investing in the actual notes?” My answer is: “I don’t really know, that’s why I do both.” But, there are advantages and disadvantages to doing either. Not everyone wants to be an active nonperforming note investor. […]

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Commercial Real Estate and Notes*

Mitigating Risk – The 7 Ways Outside Parties Can Threaten Your Real Estate Note Deal

by Dave Van Horn June 19, 2014
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The idea for this article came from the question I often hear from new note buyers: “How do I know I’m buying a good note deal?” The problem for me is that they probably won’t like my answer: you don’t know until you’ve exited the deal all the way. And to be quite honest, exiting […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

Working “On” Your Real Estate Business vs. “In” Your Real Estate Business

by Dave Van Horn June 5, 2014
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A few weeks ago, I attended a subgroup meeting of my Philadelphia REIA group, and there was a locally well-known, extremely successful, real estate investor in attendance. He truly is an expert in his market, with all his systems and methods, especially with renovating and managing tenants, and building up a large portfolio of real […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

How Mortgage Servicing Compares To Property Management

by Dave Van Horn May 22, 2014

Since many people consider me this note guy, I’m often told that I must like investing in notes more than in real estate. And to be quite honest, nothing could be further from the truth. I still love investing in real estate; it’s just different than investing in notes. They’re different investment vehicles. Related: Real […]

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Market Trends, Data, News & Commentary*

The New Normal: The Impact Of New Legislation On Real Estate

by Dave Van Horn May 8, 2014
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It was nice to get away to my mountain retreat this weekend and to just chill, relax and reflect on the previous weeks’ hectic travel schedule. I had attended the Mortgage Servicing Conference in Dallas, TX and then I made it up to the Distressed Mortgage Conference in New York City. A lot of the […]

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Real Estate

13 Red Flags for Troublesome Tenants (+ 9 Totally Insane True-Life Tenant Stories)

by Dave Van Horn April 24, 2014
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Last week, I was taking the dreaded continuing education to maintain my real estate license. You see, although I’m not really a traditional practicing agent any longer, I do keep my license active for tax purposes (unlimited passive losses). So, naturally, I’ve procrastinated once again, and my selection of remaining courses was somewhat limited. I […]

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Real Estate

The BEST Way to Pay off Your Home Early

by Dave Van Horn April 10, 2014
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Recently, I wrote an article about successfully managing equity from the eyes of a pretty famous financial planner and wealth building expert, Doug Andrew.  I referenced how I had originally started out on a path of trying to acquire real estate with the intentions of paying the properties off as quickly as possible. Later, I […]

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Real Estate

Building Wealth: 10 Strategies for Successfully Managing Equity

by Dave Van Horn March 27, 2014
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Back in 1989, I purchased my first buy and hold investment property, a nice duplex that now has some large commercial garages, which I built later on, at the back of the property.  At this time in my life, I was 29 years old, and my goal was to buy one property a year for […]

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