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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 60 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


General Real Estate

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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General Real Estate

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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Real Estate

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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General Real Estate

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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General Real Estate

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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General Real Estate

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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General Real Estate

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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General Real Estate

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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Real Estate Notes

How Mortgage Servicing Compares To Property Management

by Dave Van Horn May 22, 2014
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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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Real Estate 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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Real Estate

Real Estate Investors: Do You Have a “Shock and Awe” Marketing Package?

by Dave Van Horn March 20, 2014
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I was listening to a Dan Kennedy (marketing genius) interview recently, and he was talking about various “Shock and Awe” type of marketing packages that he’s seen different types of businesses use to coddle their customers. He also told of how he had been to a local home show looking for a whole house generator, […]

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Real Estate

Real Estate or Residential Notes—What Makes a Good Deal?

by Dave Van Horn March 6, 2014
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I really can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked the question: Is this a good note deal? So, first, let’s consider why people ask this question. I think it’s because they want to hear your response or opinion of what a good note deal actually is.  Although I’m honored that those who ask […]

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