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Archive of Erion Shehaj

Erion Shehaj (G+) is Investing Architect. He helps people craft a Blueprint investing strategy that leads to accelerated capital growth, higher income and lower taxes. Side effects might include: Early retirement, wealth and piece of mind. Follow on Twitter if that's your thing.

Erion has written 12 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate

An Immigrant’s Impressions on Opportunity and Real Estate Investing in America

by Erion Shehaj April 4, 2014
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When I was just ten years old, I witnessed the fall of communism in Albania. I vividly remember a detail that has stuck with me through the years. One afternoon during those tumultuous days, pamphlets were distributed throughout the city that cryptically read: “At nine o’clock tomorrow, kiss someone you love.” It was a foreshadowing […]

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Defining and Mitigating The Ultimate Risk for Long-Term Real Estate Investors

by Erion Shehaj March 26, 2014
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It’s no secret that long term real estate investors as a “tribe” don’t like risk very much. Their choice to follow a long term investing path as opposed to more “creative” (read: riskier) one is a testament of their aversion to risk. In my experience, I’ve noticed that risk tends to appear as a set […]

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Congrats…Your Market is HOT! (What Does That Really Mean For Your Investment Returns?)

by Erion Shehaj March 19, 2014
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Beginning in 2013, long term real estate investors all over the country found an investing landscape that was vastly different from the post-recession period. Markets went from a state of stagnant hibernation to one of explosive internal combustion almost “overnight.”  From vast inventories of distressed bank and government foreclosures to tight inventories, multiple offers and […]

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How to Create a Million Dollars of Wealth in 13.3 Years

by Erion Shehaj August 28, 2013
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Long term real estate investing has this misconstrued reputation as the Crock-pot of real estate investing strategies: Low and slow, set it and forget it and at some point you end up with something good enough. You don’t have to be a master chef to work it either. You purchase some properties, you let them […]

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Start Investing in Real Estate Long Term

by Erion Shehaj April 15, 2013
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So, the idea of investing in real estate long term intrigues you. You aren’t looking to get rich by next Wednesday with no money or credit like that guy holding the huge check in the infomercials. Instead, long term real estate investing makes rational sense. All it promises is that if you invest your hard […]

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Vital Market Characteristics for Successful Long Term Investing (and What to Do in Their Absence)

by Erion Shehaj March 27, 2013
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The best real estate investing strategy for regular investors I outlined a few weeks back can produce some outstanding results. When it’s executed with discipline without sacrificing its high asset quality standards, an investor can acquire and methodically pay off a portfolio of real estate assets over 10-15 years. In so doing, they could quadruple their […]

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Do You Need a Real Estate Agent to Invest in Real Estate Long Term?

by Erion Shehaj March 14, 2013
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Real estate investors are an entrepreneurial and fiercely independent tribe. When they put their mind to blazing their own path in the vast investing jungle, they spend countless hours (and dollars) relentlessly researching investing strategies, reading books and blogs and attending seminars and investment clubs. Then, depending on the strategy they decided to use, they […]

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The Two Most Important Factors for Long Term Real Estate Investing Success

by Erion Shehaj February 28, 2013
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Long term real estate investing is not rocket science. In fact, when you boil it down to its essence, it’s so simple that it’s barely high school science. Here’s the gist of it in three sentences. You buy properties that bring in more income than what they cost you in operating expenses and mortgage payments. […]

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The Power of Focused Intensity in Real Estate Investing

by Erion Shehaj February 21, 2013
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As discussed in my last post, under certain circumstances, long term real estate investors can opt to take a temporary detour from growing their capital base and recycle their positive cashflow to fund more acquisitions instead. The operative word in that statement is “temporary”. If market conditions (i.e interest rates, price/rent ratios) make it especially […]

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Should You Pay Down Your Debt or Recycle Your Cashflow Into Capital?

by Erion Shehaj February 14, 2013
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In my last post, I provided a rough outline of the best real estate investing strategy for regular real estate investors in five steps. One of the cornerstone elements of that strategy is a concerted effort to use the positive cashflow to aggressively pay off the mortgage debt in your real estate investing portfolio.  This produced a very interesting […]

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The Best Real Estate Investing Strategy for Regular Investors

by Erion Shehaj February 6, 2013
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An old proverb proclaims that “there is more than one way to skin a cat” and nowhere is that more evident than here on BiggerPockets. Week in and week out, some of the brightest minds in each “skinning” technique offer advice on how to take action and make things happen with flipping, wholesaling, landlording, lease […]

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Like Finding Treasure Every Day: A Real Estate Investing Story

by Erion Shehaj January 23, 2013
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When I came to this country right before the turn of the century, I had no idea my path would lead to real estate investing. In fact, I had no idea what “real estate” or “investing” meant. I was born and brought up in Albania – a rugged country in southern Europe on the Mediterranean […]

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