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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 56 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


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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Real Estate

Raising Capital for Your Investments: What Are Private Lenders Looking For?

by Dave Van Horn February 28, 2014
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Although I’ve been raising private money for over 10 years, I recently felt the need to check out what some other folks were doing in regards to raising capital for real estate deals. Sometimes, I think we all need to get back to the basics, whether that’s to verify that what we’re doing is correct […]

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Real Estate

How Do I Figure Out My Notes’ Accounting?

by Dave Van Horn February 20, 2014
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This has to be up there as one of the most commonly asked questions, especially from newer note buyers. So, why is it that so many people have this question? Perhaps it’s the fear of not being accurate and compliant. Or, maybe it’s just learning how to figure it out for the type of loan […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

What Skills Do You Need to Become a Rockstar Non-Performing Note Investor?

by Dave Van Horn February 12, 2014
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From my incoming emails to Bigger Pockets forums, I see colleagues reach out to each other, mostly to ask, “Do you think this is a good deal?” And although my initial response may seem static, it usually describes the various factors that can influence whether that specific deal (or any nonperforming note deal) will be […]

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Financing Real Estate

Are All Interest Only and Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Bad?

by Dave Van Horn January 29, 2014
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Whether or not interest only and adjustable-rate mortgages are bad is as big as the great debate on whether you should leverage properties or pay down your mortgage debt. Although advice and opinions are readily available, I’d like to share with you some facts from my own experience. First, to provide a solid frame of […]

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