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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 55 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Investor Stories and Lessons*

You’ll Reach Goals Faster by Rewarding Yourself: Here’s Why

by Mark Ferguson October 19, 2014
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If you are a regular on the BiggerPockets Blog or any personal finance blog, you should notice a common theme. Save money, invest that money, and in the future you will have much more money that you can spend on the things you want, or you can retire early. I believe in saving money and […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Why You Absolutely Should NOT Settle for a Job You Don’t Love

by Mark Ferguson October 5, 2014
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I have seen a few different view points on the question of whether you should do what you love or choose a career that pays well, even if you hate your job. I have also had many comments on some of my previous articles about the dangers of encouraging children to do what they love […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing*

It’s Entirely Possible to Fix & Flip 10 Homes at Once: Here’s How

by Mark Ferguson September 28, 2014
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Throughout most of the country, prices are rising, and investors are scrambling to find deals. My market in Colorado is no different, with prices rising 20 to 40 percent over the last two years. Investors have come back in a big way since the housing market recovered, and it is definitely harder to find deals. […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

How to Build a Real Estate Empire From the Ground Up

by Mark Ferguson September 14, 2014
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Real estate is a great business, not just because it can create enough income to allow people to quit their job or retire early, but because it can make you rich.  Last week I wrote about why it is important to think big, and this article is all about thinking big! How can you go […]

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Personal Finance*

How to Think Big to Achieve Big Financial Dreams

by Mark Ferguson September 7, 2014
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I like to think I have been pretty successful in real estate. I have 11 rentals, I’m working on 10 fix-and-flips and I employ a real estate team of 10 that helps me sell over 200 houses a year. My blog, which discusses my real estate investing and being a real estate agent, is doing […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

What to Do When Things Go Wrong in Your Real Estate Business (Because They Will!)

by Mark Ferguson August 24, 2014
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Let me start out by saying, things are not bad for me. Many people are in much worse situations and have had much more serious problems.  No matter where we are in life or how successful we are, we all have problems and things don’t always go as planned.  I have been writing a lot […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

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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Investor Stories and Lessons*

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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Business Management & Productivity*

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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Market Trends, Data, News & Commentary*

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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Investor Stories and Lessons*

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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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

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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Real Estate Wholesaling*

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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Market Trends, Data, 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 Stories and Lessons*

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

by Mark Ferguson May 18, 2014

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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