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Archive of Karen Rittenhouse

Karen Rittenhouse has been investing in real estate full time since January 2005. In that time, she has purchased hundreds of single family properties, opened a full-service real estate company, a property management company, a coaching/training business, and written three books on real estate.

Karen has written 23 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate Investing

Defining True Wealth: Which of These Six Levels Describes You?

by Karen Rittenhouse September 5, 2013
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I know a lot of really wealthy people. A consistent comment I hear from them about their wealth is that they have it, but they’re not sure when they got it. I love that comment – it always makes me laugh! Now, don’t get me wrong, they absolutely know HOW they got there – years […]

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Real Estate Investing

What’s the Difference Between a Coach and a Guru?

by Karen Rittenhouse August 31, 2013
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There are some pretty strong opinions here on BiggerPockets about whether or not to follow a coach, whether or not to buy guru products, etc. So, I thought I’d stick my neck way out and bring up some discussion about, “What’s the Difference Between a Coach and a Guru?” Are they the same? Does it […]

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Real Estate Investing

When to Hire an Assistant

by Karen Rittenhouse August 23, 2013
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Have you found yourself caught in that mental ping pong yet: “I need to hire some help. But I can’t afford to hire help. But I can’t get everything done on my own. But it would cost too much bring someone in. I mean, I can’t afford to pay…” As your business grows, you find […]

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Real Estate Investing

Finding Great Stuff – Another Perk to Buying Houses

by Karen Rittenhouse July 18, 2013
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Why do sellers leave things, I’m talking really nice things, in houses when they sell? I have no idea. Perhaps they conjure bad memories, maybe it belonged to distant family members, could be their tastes have changed so they’re leaving it in their past, maybe the move is their fresh start. I have no idea […]

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Real Estate Investing

Ten Tips for Becoming a Real Estate Investing Coach

by Karen Rittenhouse July 13, 2013
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It’s an awesome feeling to be able to give back. And so many people want to own real estate but don’t know how to go about it. So, as an experienced real estate investor, how do you start coaching others to do what you do? You must have experience. This should go without saying but […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Respond if You Raise the Rent and Your Tenant Hands in Their 30 Day Notice

by Karen Rittenhouse June 29, 2013
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There are things you should do to keep good tenants. Chris Clothier wrote a great article entitled How to Keep Tenants Longer…and a Strategy for Finding New Renters. We should all jump onto this discussion because, if you own properties, you know the importance of keeping your good tenants! But what if you’ve: provided a […]

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Real Estate Investing

22 Pieces of Advice to Change Your Financial Future…

by Karen Rittenhouse June 20, 2013
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This post contains 22 pieces of advice, broken up into two categories: your financial life and real estate. If you have any other pieces of advice to add – please do so in the comments below! Vital to Your Financial Success: Save more than you spend. Don’t expect the good times to last forever. Watch […]

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Real Estate Investing

Hooray for the Hedge Funds!? Our Experience Dealing with the Hedge Funds

by Karen Rittenhouse June 13, 2013
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Much has been written here about the growing presence of real estate Hedge Funds. We are all interested, curious, confused, and cautious about who they are, what they plan to do in our markets, and what this will mean to our businesses now and in the future. Here’s Our Story Our area has finally hit […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Have an Open House: 10 Tips for Success

by Karen Rittenhouse June 6, 2013
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Open houses work. We do, however, prepare for them. Learning how to have an open house, however, is not impossible as this post will share. Naturally, we start by placing our for sale sign in the yard. We also mail out, on average, 350-450 letters to surrounding homes telling neighbors the day and time of […]

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Rental Properties

Evicting Tenants: A Step by Step Process For Dealing With Delinquent Tenants

by Karen Rittenhouse May 30, 2013
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Since there have been quite a number of questions lately on the BiggerPockets Forums asking about evicting tenants… Handling tenants can be quite simple (not necessarily easy) if you set up procedures and always follow them. Tenants need to know that you’re in charge and that what you say goes. Like children, they will sometimes […]

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Real Estate Investing

Overcoming Fear of Talking to Sellers and Their Objections

by Karen Rittenhouse May 23, 2013
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One of the greatest fears in real estate investing is talking with sellers. Many people work in a cubicle type environment and barely talk to co-workers all day, much less strangers. Unless you’re a very successful sales person, the thought of talking with someone you don’t know, much less asking them for something, can be […]

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Real Estate Investing

8 Quick Tips for Naming your Website

by Karen Rittenhouse May 16, 2013
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We’re all bombarded with domain names and one of the first questions new investors ask is how to name their website. Websites are an absolute must as they add to your credibility and market for you 24/7, so here are some quick and easy naming tips: It’s best if you can use the same name […]

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Real Estate Investing

Ten Easy Ways to Market to Sellers for Under $200 per Month

by Karen Rittenhouse May 11, 2013
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Who doesn’t want to own real estate? Well, I certainly can’t imagine not owning any. But,when you decide to purchase a property, how do you find one to buy? And, if you really want to get into real estate investing, how do you get your phone to ring with sellers calling you (which, by the […]

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Real Estate Investing

29 Pieces of Advice From a Seasoned Real Estate Investor

by Karen Rittenhouse May 4, 2013
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If you’re not getting good deals, you don’t have enough leads – you need more marketing. Working too long on one “deal” trying to force it to work means it’s not a deal and you’re still working on it because you don’t have enough leads. Marketing is not an expense, it’s an investment. Set up […]

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Real Estate Investing

When “You’re Welcome” is Not an Appropriate Response

by Karen Rittenhouse April 25, 2013
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I was shopping recently when I was struck with a business revelation (don’t you love when that happens?). One particular morning, I made purchases in three different stores. In every store, as I checked out I said, “thank you!” In every case, the response I received was, “you’re welcome.” In the final store, I purchased […]

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