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Archive of Mark Ferguson

Mark is Real Estate Broker and investor in Greeley, Colorado. Mark invests in long-term SFR rental homes and also does 8-15 fix and flips a year. Mark started a blog this year that focuses on investing in long term single family rentals.

Mark has written 49 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


General Real Estate

My Plan to Optimize Contractors and Begin Taking More Control of Repairs

by Mark Ferguson August 3, 2014
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A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about my difficulties with finding contractors that work quickly and for fair prices. I have been thinking about starting my own contracting company to take control, get jobs done faster and save some money along the way. Maybe at some point i will start using the […]

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General Real Estate

To be Successful You Have to Be Passionate About Your Goals!

by Mark Ferguson July 27, 2014
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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about buying a Lamborghini and how real estate helped me accomplish that goal.  I had wanted a Lamborghini since I was a young child and it felt amazing actually sitting in my Lamborghini and driving it after I bought it. I know one reason I was able to […]

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General Real Estate

Is the Answer to my Contractor Problem Starting my own Company?

by Mark Ferguson July 20, 2014
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I love fix and flipping homes and buying rental properties. I love the money you can make and finding great deals, but my biggest problem has been working with contractors.  I have 9 fix and flips going right now and I can’t find good people to fix them!  I have interviewed new contractors, hired new […]

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General Real Estate

If You Thought US House Prices Were High, Check out Australia!

by Mark Ferguson July 6, 2014
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I get a lot of investors from Australia asking me how I get such great returns on my rental properties. I have my 11th rental property under contract and I get $400 to $500 cash flow on my rental properties that I buy from $80,000 to $130,000 with 80 percent loan to value mortgages in […]

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General Real Estate

How Real Estate Empowered Me to Buy a Lamborghini (And What It Means for YOU!)

by Mark Ferguson June 22, 2014
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I like to write about real estate investing, but I also like to write about goals, self-improvement and being awesome. I’m sitting here, right now, writing this article at my desk while enjoying the view of my 1999 Lamborghini Diablo that was fittingly delivered to me on father’s day.  I have been a blogger with […]

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General Real Estate

Why an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) May Not Be As Risky as you Might Think

by Mark Ferguson June 15, 2014
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On the forum I see occasional people ask about the pros and cons of getting an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) on a rental property. Most people who respond in the forums are against ARMs at any and all costs.  People tell the poster that ARMs are too risky, because the interest rate on the ARM […]

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General Real Estate

The Real Estate Agent Nightmare: Wholesalers

by Mark Ferguson June 1, 2014
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Before I get started, let me say I have nothing against wholesalers. I think many wholesalers do a great job and provide an awesome service to many investors.  I also have dealt with wholesalers as a listing agent who drove me crazy and made me understand why many agents don’t want to deal with them. As […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

NEWS: The Winds Of Change Are Approaching HUD Properties!

by Mark Ferguson May 25, 2014
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I am a HUD listing broker, which I love, but it also comes with some challenges. One of those challenges is HUD likes to change the rules occasionally and we all have to learn a new system.  HUD may or may not be changing their whole system soon, but they are making big changes that […]

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Investor Psychology

3 Reasons Why Attending Conferences Is Essential For Your Success In Real Estate

by Mark Ferguson May 18, 2014
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I am at the NRBA (National REO Brokers Association) conference this week, in fact I am writing this article actually at the conference. The world of REO has definitely changed in most parts of the country.  The conference is for REO listing agents and four years ago there were over 1,000 people in attendance at […]

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General Real Estate

Follow These Five Steps to Achieve Your Goals!

by Mark Ferguson May 4, 2014
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I have not written a goal article for a while and I thought it was time for one after I was on Bigger Podcast 68 where we talked a lot about goals.  I think goals are an extremely important part of becoming successful at anything you do.  You cannot just think about your goals, you have to […]

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General Real Estate

When Will You Be Ready to Buy Your First Rental Property?

by Mark Ferguson April 27, 2014
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I am at a point now where I consider myself a successful real estate investor.  I still have many big goals and I am by no means done learning, but I have a good solid base.  I own 10 long-term rentals and I own 6 fix and flips with 4 more under contract. However, it […]

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Real Estate

Five Tips to Get Great Deals On the MLS (Including Buying Houses on Friday…?)

by Mark Ferguson April 20, 2014
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I buy almost all of my houses off of the MLS. I have tried direct marketing, wholesalers and other methods to get great deals, but the MLS seems to work the best for me.  So why am I finding so much success with the MLS when others are struggling? Here are the the top five reasons […]

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Real Estate

Overwhelmed? A Step By Step Guide on How to Focus and Complete Many Tasks Quickly

by Mark Ferguson April 13, 2014
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Whenever you start something new or get extremely busy it is easy to get overwhelmed. It is easy to get worked up and worry if all the tasks that need done will be done in time. There is an easy way to take control of the work that needs done; whether it be with learning […]

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Real Estate

Why I Invest in Single Family Homes Over MultiFamily

by Mark Ferguson March 30, 2014
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The general consensus on BiggerPockets is that multifamily housing is the best way to invest in real estate.  Many investors start out with single family homes and then hope to move up to multifamily at some point.  I have a plan to purchase 100 single family rentals and I am told all the time I […]

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Real Estate

Calling All Real Estate Newbies: 8 Reasons You Should Not Take my Investing Advice!

by Mark Ferguson March 23, 2014
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Newbies get a lot of advice on Bigger Pockets on the forums and on the blog.  There is a lot of great advice and some not so great advice.  The reason I say newbies should not listen to me is not because I give bad advice (at least I hope not).  I can’t create a […]

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