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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 49 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


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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Opinion

Who’s Your Financial Advisor?

by Dave Van Horn January 17, 2014
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It’s probably safe to say that most people don’t have a financial advisor. I know this because I used to be one, for a short time. We were actually insurance salesman, and a few of us may have had a securities license as well. This seems fairly common too, which is one of the reasons […]

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Real Estate Tips

Key Concepts to Consider When Starting to Invest in Real Estate Notes

by Dave Van Horn January 9, 2014
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In a discussion at lunch recently with a young entrepreneur, who was intrigued by the note business, several key concepts came up, and I suddenly realized that many folks, especially newbies, must have similar types of questions.  There was a time that I knew virtually nothing about real estate, and I probably thought a note […]

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Real Estate

How Going “LEAN” May be Able to Help You or Your Business

by Dave Van Horn January 1, 2014
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Recently, I was invited by my business coach—who runs the entrepreneur group I’m in—to go to a workshop on “LEAN” that was being hosted by the DVIRC (Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center).  To be quite honest, I knew almost nothing about the DVIRC or LEAN for that matter.  For all I knew, LEAN was the […]

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Real Estate

How to Save Taxes and Avoid the Five Deadliest Retirement Killers

by Dave Van Horn December 18, 2013
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One of my favorite topics is financial and retirement planning. Regardless of where you’ve heard it, it seems that most experts agree that the majority of us have about 40 productive years in life before we start to approach retirement. As Ed Slott, PBS presenter and author of “How to Parlay your IRA into a […]

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Rental Properties

Is Now a Good Time to Raise Rents?

by Dave Van Horn December 11, 2013
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Whether or not it’s a good time to raise rents may depend on who you’re asking. From the tenant’s perspective, I’m sure it’s never a good time. But in my neck of the woods, things are starting to change. For example, three or four years ago, a tenant in my area could negotiate almost anything […]

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Real Estate Tips

The Best Time of Year to Invest: How to Capitalize on the Holiday Real Estate “Sale”

by Dave Van Horn December 4, 2013
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Thanksgiving just ended and after seeing all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions, we mustn’t forget that real estate is on sale now as well, especially in my market of bread-and-butter homes in the Philadelphia suburbs.  If you’re a serious real estate investor, this just might be your favorite time of year. More Supply […]

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Real Estate Tips

Modern Day Real Estate Investing: How to Find and Manage Great Deals from Anywhere

by Dave Van Horn November 20, 2013
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People often wonder how it’s possible for me to own and manage properties (currently around 75 homes at any given time) that are outside my geographic area. It wasn’t that long ago that this wasn’t the case. Although it’s going on 25 years now that I’ve owned and managed real estate, it’s only been in […]

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